Corvette Racing boss Doug Fehan has led the General Motors factory racing squad since 1999, but in all his years with the team, few victories match up to the recent 1-2 the No. 4 and No. 3 Corvette C7.Rs took at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The motorsports veteran recently talked to IMSA about the result and the battle between the two yellow ‘Vettes that took place before it, describing them as “epic.”
The No. 4 C7.R of Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler won the 2016 IMSA season opener following a nail-biting end-of-race battle with the No. 3 sister car of Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller. Fehan thoroughly enjoyed the battle, in which the No. 3 car made two attempts to take the lead from the No. 4, and has no hang-ups about letting the two cars race.
“Truly, it doesn’t get any better than that. It’s what everyone on this team is racing for,” he told IMSA.
“We’ve had situations when it was smart to control the outcome,” Fehan added. “But in this particular instance, for as hard as everyone worked, (letting the cars race) was simply the right thing to do. This is a sporting event, a competition, a race, that’s why every individual on the team is there, to try and come away victorious. It was not a difficult decision for me, and I was very fortunate that my upper management, to whom I went, had enough confidence and faith in us to let us race for it.”
Fehan also commented on the Balance of Performance in GTLM for 2016. Despite last year’s controversial BoP regulations, he actually found the GTLM field evenly matched at Daytona and isn’t expecting any major changes between now and the next race of the season, the 12 Hours of Sebring. That’s good news for Corvette Racing, but they’ll still be in for a fight considering the quick pace of almost every GTLM car at Daytona.