Following the confirmation of Patrick Carpentier, Carl Edwards and Marcos Ambrose for the 2009 edition of the Montreal NAPA Auto Parts 200 Presented by Dodge, JR Motorsports announced today that road course ace Ron Fellows will be joining them to defend his Nationwide race title on August 29-30 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Toronto resident will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series races at Watkins Glen International Speedway on August 8 and at the Montreal event 15 days later. with Fastenal on board as the primary sponsor.
"Learning that Ron will be back in Montréal for our upcoming race is music to my ears," said François Dumontier, promoter and spokesperson for the NAPA Auto Parts 200, presented by Dodge. "This great Canadian driver has often testified how much he enjoys racing at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he has a great number of fans. We know how much Gilles was a role model for him and how much his win last year on a track that bears his name was significant in an already successful career. We're proud to welcome again this gentleman, wishing him the best while thanking JR Motorsports for giving him the opportunity to go for two in a row at the only Canadian Nationwide Series race."
A longtime sports car and road racing veteran and class winner at the 24-Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Twelve Hours of Sebring, Fellows has also scored 19 overall victories in the SCCA Trans-Am Series. Since 1995, Fellows has competed in 48 NASCAR race in the three NASCAR top division series. His NASCAR credentials include six overall wins - two in the Camping World Truck Series and four Nationwide Series victories, including his Montreal win in 2008 - and two runner-up finishes in Sprint Cup competition. Sixteen of his 17 NASCAR Top-10 finishes were recorded on road courses.
"Ron is one of the best road racers of our time, plain and simple," said today JR Motorsports owner Dale Earnhardt Jr., who co-owns the No. 5 team with Rick Hendrick. "I've known Ron since 2001 and it is an honor to have him drive our cars." Ron Fellows was elated to return to Montreal. "Montreal was a special win for us last year. It was not only a great day for Canadian NASCAR fans, but to win that close to my home was a thrill. I'm hoping we can get the Fastenal Chevy to Victory Lane in Watkins Glen and Montreal."