Spirit of Le Mans Award
Corvette Racing's Fehan Honored
Larry Jewett - June 18, 2014 10:43 AM
The team is assmbled for a special shot before the start of the 2014 event.Richard Prince for Corvette Racing
Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan was presented with the Spirit of Le Mans award from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest - the sporting authority of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fehan, who oversees the Corvette Racing program on behalf of Chevrolet, received the honor the day before the start of the 82nd running of Le Mans.
The Spirit of Le Mans award is presented annually to the person who has been instrumental in the growth in stature of the 24 Hours
Fehan has been the 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, and the program debuted at Le Mans in 2000. A year later, Corvette Racing captured the first of its seven class wins at Le Mans.
"I am deeply honored and grateful to receive the esteemed Spirit of Le Mans award," Fehan said. "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," Fehan added. "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."