Sportscar veteran Ron Fellows is to partner Leighton Reese in the #06 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R in round three of the Grand-Am Rolex Series in Mexico City.
Fellows, a three time American Le Mans Series GT1 champion, has two 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins, 19 Trans-Am wins and five NASCAR victories and has previously raced in the Grand-Am GT class in a Pontiac GTO.R back in 2006.
Fellows will be stepping into the Banner Pontiac that finished third in the last race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I haven't tested the GXP.R, but I drove the GTO.R at Mid-Ohio a few years ago with Paul [Edwards] and it was a lot of fun,” Fellows said. “We had that race covered and then a suspension problem forced us to DNF. There are some similarities between the GTO.R and the GXP.R I'll be driving in Mexico City. They're racing on a different tyre now, but it's a front engine car, built by GM Racing and Pratt & Miller, so I'm sure it will be easy to adapt to and lots of fun!”
The Canadian is also no stranger to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.
“Racing in Mexico City is very cool, I really like the track,” he said. “I've run NASCAR races a couple of times there, and ran the full course configuration in 1991 in Trans-Am. I had the pole there, had a puncture during the race and finished second.
“It's a great facility. It's got a big, long front straight that's a good passing zone, and the last corner is really fast. It's now lined with concrete walls, so it's even more challenging. The esses in the back, one after another, get faster and faster, and then the exit is very quick. It's a lot of fun to drive.”