ALMS: Corvette’s Fehan to Speak at Long Beach City College

By Auto News Log • April 14th, 2011

Addressing engine technology, energies, auto industry and career paths

Doug Fehan, program manager of the most successful race team in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, will speak Thursday to students at Long Beach City College’s Alternative Transportation Technology Center from noon to 1 p.m. The event is held in partnership with the Long Beach Clean Cities Coalition.

Fehan, who directs operations for Corvette Racing, will deliver a presentation to aspiring alternative fuels technicians from LBCC and Cabrillo High School. The presentation will focus on engine technology, alternative fuels, future of the auto industry and career opportunities.

Fehan and Corvette Racing are in town for the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach race that is part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend. The race is Saturday 16 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Corvette Racing has been a dominant force in GT racing the last decade. It has won a record 72 times since the Series’ inception in 1999, including eight consecutive GT1 season championships from 2001-2008. It has also captured more wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – six – than any other current ALMS full-season entrant.

In 2008, Corvette Racing championed competition on alternative fuels, racing on cellulosic E85 (85 percent ethanol). It won the inaugural Green Challenge™ at Petit Le Mans in 2008, a fuel efficiency and environmental competition created in concert with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2009, it won the MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge GT trophy at four races. The MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge, in concert with the EPA and DOE, measures and scores cars each race for teams that score best in overall performance and fuel efficiency with the smallest environmental footprint.

A strong advocate of alternative fuels and technology developed on the race track that transfers to consumer cars, Fehan is among the first to emphasize that GM has more alternative fuel cars on the road – 3.5 million – than any other automobile manufacturer in the world.

As an extension of Fehan’s presentation, a group of students will be the guests of several American Le Mans Series teams at the track Friday.

This year’s race will be telecast by ESPN2 from 5 to 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 17. Live video and radio coverage will be available on americanlemans.com and ESPN3.com starting at 7:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. local time. Visit the American Le Mans Series’ schedule page for information on tickets and area accommodations.

Source: American Le Mans Series

 

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