O’Connell named Grand Marshal of HSR Mitty at Highway Atlanta
Johnny O’Connell, the premier American Corvette race automotive driver of his era and one of the crucial profitable sports activities automotive racing drivers of the fashionable period, has been named the Grand Marshal of the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) forty third Mitty at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta, April 21 – 25, which showcases Corvette because the Featured Marque.
“For sure, it’s fairly cool to be requested to be the Grand Marshal for this yr’s Mitty, particularly with Corvette being the featured marque,” O’Connell stated. “To be an American and race for Corvette, and to a few instances stand with them on the highest step of the rostrum on the 24 Hours Le Mans, nicely you possibly can’t even start to place into phrases that feeling after they play our Nationwide Anthem and lift our American flag.”
In a 20-year relationship with GM that ended simply two years in the past, O’Connell raced and received championships in Corvettes and Cadillacs. It was his accomplishments behind the wheel of “America’s Sports activities Automobile” that introduced him probably the most fame.
“It form of goes with out saying, however of the various years I spent racing, it was my time racing for Corvette that I’m finest recognized for,” O’Connell stated. “I believe I might argue it was one of the crucial vital instances as what we did actually redirected Chevrolet’s ardour and concentrate on Corvette and its world enchantment.”
In his first begin with GM on the wheel of 1 the trademark shiny yellow Corvette Racing entries, O’Connell got here house an total winner within the 2001 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Co-driving the victorious Corvette C5-R with Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel and Franck Freon, the 2001 win was O’Connell’s first of 41 victories with Corvette Racing, second solely to longtime teammate Oliver Gavin.
Along with the Daytona win and three Le Mans triumphs, O’Connell’s profession with Corvette Racing produced three ALMS Driver Championships, 5 wins at Sebring and a pair of victories at Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta, O’Connell’s house observe.
A resident of close by Flowery Brach, Georgia, O’Connell and his household stay simply minutes away from Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta.
“Being Grand Marshal is kind of a cool honor,” stated the 58-year-old O’Connell, “but it surely’s a double-edge sword! I don’t see myself being sufficiently old but to function a Grand Marshal! That it is usually at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta, my house observe, nicely it’s particular to say the least. I recall going to the Mitty years in the past and seeing one in all my previous vehicles there. I believed ‘wow, my vehicles are beginning to be thought-about historic!’”
O’Connell additionally received 4 titles for GM driving Cadillacs in Pirelli World Problem, the final collection during which he competed full time. The final time he raced at an expert stage was the 2018 World Problem spherical at Utah Motorsports Campus, the place he shared a Robinson Racing-run Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R together with his son Canaan O’Connell.
“All in all, I’ve been so blessed in my profession and life,” O’Connell stated. “Attending to stay out a boyhood dream and race with and towards a few of the world’s finest drivers, I’ve been very fortunate certainly. I contemplate myself very lucky.”
Competitor entries are open and spectator tickets are on sale now for the HSR forty third Mitty. A wide range of ticket choices, from tent tenting and each day admission on as much as RV Parking and weekend tickets, can be found at www.HSRTickets.com.
Present on-line ticket orders are shipped and discounted from at-event costs, however advance ticket purchases after right now, April 8, will likely be held at HSR Will Name within the Driver/Crew Registration Workplace at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta for choose up beginning Thursday, April 22.
Ticket gross sales finish on-line April 19 and start once more April 22 with at-event gross sales solely on the on the Driver/Crew Registration workplace or on the gate at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta
The early-entry deadline for opponents is right now, April 8. Run Teams can be found for all the things from all varieties of sports activities automotive from the final 60 years to Inventory Vehicles to open-wheel Components and Indy vehicles. Entry varieties can be found at www.HSRRace.com.
Extra data, together with the occasion schedule, might be discovered on the official HSR forty third Mitty occasion web page at www.HSRRace.com.