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Fehan Named Spirit Of Le Mans Award Winner

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, June 14 2014

Doug Fehan helped make Corvette a major player in sports car racing. He was honored for that this week.

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Doug Fehan, Corvette Racing program manager, has been presented the Spirit of Le Mans award by organizers of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest – the sporting authority of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Fehan, who oversees the ‘Vette program on behalf of Chevrolet, received the honor on Friday, the day before the start of the 82nd running of the famed French endurance race.

The Spirit of Le Mans award is presented annually by the ACO to the person who has been instrumental in the growth in stature of the 24 Hours.

Fehan has been program manager for Corvette Racing since its debut in 1999. Three years earlier, he and former GM Racing executive director Herb Fishel – a Spirit of Le Mans recipient in 2003 – helped put the plans in place to launch Corvette’s return to professional road-racing in 1999. The program debuted at Le Mans in 2000. One year later, Corvette Racing captured the first of its seven class wins at Du Mans.

“I am deeply honored and grateful to receive the esteemed Spirit of Le Mans award,” Fehan said in a statement. “To be in a group that includes some of endurance racing’s most famous names is extremely humbling.

“Returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans each year is a very powerful and emotional time for me personally, along with everyone at Corvette Racing. Le Mans is one of the world’s great competitions and one where we have had considerable success. But even without that, Le Mans would still retain the mystique that comes over me each time I drive into the track for the first time each year. Those experiences _ and many others we have achieved at Corvette Racing _ are ones that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Fehan is an unabashed advocate of the Corvette brand. “It’s hard for me to control my passion for Corvette,” he said. “I’ve tried to develop Corvette Racing as a giant tree, and the farther we can spread its roots, the stronger the tree will be. I enjoy being a one-man band playing the Corvette tune in a variety of places, from the Corvette Museum and Corvette club meetings to the GM boardroom.

“The future looks good for Corvette Racing, and I think we’ll continue to be a force in motorsports for many years to come.”

Corvette Racing is debuting the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R this weekend at Le Mans with a two-car effort in the GTE Pro class. Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Jordan Taylor will drive the No. 73 Corvette with Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook sharing the No. 74 Corvette.

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, June 14 2014
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