OTTAWA – Canadian NASCAR driver Ron Fellows will be one of 120 new appointments to the Order of Canada next year for his multi-disciplinary career in motor racing.
Her Excellency, Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced the list of appointments on Sat., Dec. 28. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes Canadians whose merit and service has made a difference in Canada. The Order of Canada is the second-highest honour that one can receive for merit in the system of orders, decorations and medals in Canada.
Fellows had a lustrous racing career, competing in the top three NASCAR series’ (Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series), winning six times between Xfinity and Gander RV & Outdoors. Fellows’ victory at the 2001 Rolex 24 at Daytona – an eight lap advantage – is regarded as the most dominant performance in the famous event during the 2000s.
Among other wins, Fellows took three class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two at the 12 Hours of Sebring, all with the famed Corvette Racing program.
Fellows is currently a co-owner of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Fellows was inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2012.
Other notable Canadians who will also called to the Order of Canada are former Prime Minister Steven Harper and award-winning director and producer James Cameron.