Drivers at Corvette Racing and versions of the Chevrolet Corvette itself have come and gone over the past two decades, but the one constant has been program manager Doug Fehan.
That constant is stepping down.
Fehan, who has served as program manager of record-setting Corvette Racing since 1996, is leaving his post after the team’s most recent championship season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In total, Fehan led the program to 14 team championships, 13 manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles, and 113 race victories.
Fehan’s replacement has yet to be named. The person who gets the job will inherit a Corvette Racing program that is the only team to reach the 100 wins mark in IMSA. In 238 races, the two Corvette Racing teams have finished first and second 63 times. The team’s 100th race victory came in the 2016 Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner piloted their No. 4 Mobil 1/Sirius XM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R that day.
Fehan began with GM Racing in 1988 and worked on a number of the company’s motorsports programs including the Chevrolet Beretta Trans-Am, Chevrolet Intrepid GTP and Oldsmobile’s World Sports Car efforts.
Following Fehan’s promotion to program manager in 1996, he and the Chevrolet Motorsports team worked for more than two years on the development of the Corvette C5-R race car, the racing version of the Corvette C5 production car. The C5-R debuted in January 1999 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and produced a podium finish in the GT2 class.
Fehan was also in on the development stages of three more model updates of the Corvette race car, including the C6.R, C7.R and this year’s mid-engine C8.R.
Each race car served as development platforms for technology transfer to Corvette production cars, culminating with the C8.R and its directly tie to the 2020 Corvette Stingray.
“Doug’s contributions to Corvette Racing go far beyond the unparalleled successes on the race track,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president, Performance and Motorsports. “He developed strong relationships between Corvette Racing and the Corvette Engineering, Design, Powertrain and Marketing teams, and a variety of corporate sponsors, along with the various series and sanctioning bodies in which Corvette Racing competed.
“Doug’s passion and enthusiasm created an incredible connection with race fans around the world. Any fan who met Doug will never forget him.”
Corvette Racing’s success was not limited to any one track, though the team has won 12 times at Sebring. Corvettes have eight wins at Petit Le Mans and three wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, including an overall win in 2001 and a 1-2 class finish in 2016.
Corvette Racing has eight class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Fehan was recognized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) with the “Spirit of Le Mans Award” in 2014 for his contributions to the iconic endurance race.
Fehan also was inducted into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame earlier this year.
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