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PROFESSIONAL RECAP FOR GENE FELTON

TWENTY-FIVE American Challenge Wins - I.M.S.A. (International Motor Sports Assoc)
ELEVEN Camel GTO Wins - I.M.S.A.
EIGHT Champion Spark Plug Series Wins - I.M.S.A.
TWO Camel GT Wins - I.M.S.A.
TWO SCCA Pro Escort Series Endurance Wins
One Trans-Am Win
WON 50 OF 119 (42%) ROAD RACES FINISHED
SEVENTY-THREE pole positions
THIRTY-SEVEN fast laps (race)
SIXTY-THREE track records including qualifying
Top Five – 86.5% of races finished
Top Ten – 97.0% of races finished
Qualified front row 74% of races run
FOUR Season Championships
Four Runner-ups
Several 3rd places in championships – never out of Top Five
WON Every American Challenge race from pole in 1980(nine poles; nine wins)
WON Manufacturer's Championship for both Buick and Chevrolet
WON Class - Daytona 24 Hour
WON Class - Sebring 12 Hour
RUNNER-UP 24 Hours of Le Mans

In a very short professional career, Gene Felton is ranked second only to Al Holbert for total most wins in American Professional Road racing. He has won 50 races.

Gene has been described as the pro racer who has accomplished the most with the least. As one famous Georgia Winston Cup driver said 'Gene has done it all'. He has raced everything from motorcycles to Winston Cup Legends cars, on everything from dirt ovals to NASCAR to 24 hours of LeMans. Suffering severe injuries in a race at Riverside, California in 1984, he eventually began a new career restoring ex-Winston cup cars. He started a Historic Vintage series in which to race them; and at 74 years young, still wins. He has won over 100 vintage races in Historic Winston Cup cars, Camaros, Boss Mustangs, and Shelbys.

Personal Information

Married, 3 children
Military – USMC 13 years – Captain Company Commander
Education – Graduate University of North Carolina

Gene's Bio

1972 – October 1984Various race teams as professional team driver
1986 – 1988Chief instructor at Road Atlanta School of Motor Racing
1988 – 1990Instructor Akin White Endurance Racing School
1990 – PresentGene Felton Restorations - Buy, restore, and fix ex-Winston Cup cars for vintage racing and drive for various teams in vintage race events
1992 - PresentFormed Historic Stock Car Racing Group (HSCRG) to race with vintage racing organizations.

Career Highlights

1959While serving in the Marines stationed on Okinawa, raced motorcycles and WON CHAMPIONSHIP
1964 – 1969Southeastern champion with FORTY TWO SCCA WINS
1969 – 1970Competed in NASCAR Grand American series (very limited schedule)
Finished SECOND to Bobby Allison in first race
Finished season top 10 in points
Mini-stock CHAMPION Atlanta Peachbowl Speedway
1971Southeastern CHAMPION winning numerous SCCA races
Mini-stock CHAMPION Peachbowl Speedway & Senoia Speedway
1972Captured first professional WIN in third IMSA Camel GT race entered (Presidential 250 at Daytona International Speedway) driving a big-block Camaro against well-established; well financed factory- supported teams
1973 – 1977WON 1976 Daytona Paul Revere 250 driving the same Camaro again, against well-financed factory supported teams
Accumulated ELEVEN CAMEL GT WINS and EIGHT CHAMPION SPARK PLUG SERIES WINS
1976 qualified for first NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL at Atlanta Motor Speedway Dixie 500 finishing 16th
Also competed in NASCAR MODIFIED SERIES driving his road race Camaro
1977 – 1980Dominated International Motorsports American Challenge Series
Captured TWENTY-FIVE VICTORIES and series CHAMPIONSHIP FOUR CONSECUTIVE YEARS
Made racing history by qualifying on the pole and WINNING every event during the nine race season in 1980
WON the manufacturer’s championships for both Buick and Chevrolet
WON three feature races at on 3/8 mile Dirt Dixie Speedway
1981First competitor to drive a car powered by an experimental V-6 engine for Chevrolet racing program
Finished season second in points despite losing eleven engines; with THREE VICTORIES; four top-5 finishes; six top-10 finishes and set THREE track speed records
1982Joined Billy Hagan’s Stratagraph Camaro racing team setting class qualifying record and finishing SECOND at 24-Hours of LeMans Also competing in IMSA Camel GTO class capturing TWO WINS; seven top-5 finishes; seven top-10 finishes; FIVE POLES; setting FIVE track records
Also campaigned his own car competing in American Challenge series ending season with THREE WINS; eight top-5 finishes; nine top-10 finishes
And SEVEN pole positions while setting FIVE track records
Finished FIFTH in final point standings running limited season
1983WON first Trans-Am race competed in. Was points leader when the ride was sold. Also raced limited GTO season and finished season with FOUR WINS; eight top-5 finishes; twelve top-10 finishes and SIX POLES; THIRD in points
1984WON first Miami Grand Prix IMSA GTO event
WON GTO class AT DAYTONA 24HR AND SEBRING 12HR CO-DRIVING WITH TERRY LABONTE and car-owner Billy Hagan
WON SIX races and set SEVENTEEN IMSA GTO TRACK RECORDS
Two 2nd place finishes; two 3rd place finishes; nine top-5 finishes; and eleven Top 10 finishes
WON ELEVEN POLES; scored SIX FASTEST RACE LAP TIMES AND ELEVEN QUALIFYING RECORDS
Also competed in several American Challenge races finishing season with ONE WIN and two 2nd places
Finished SECOND in GT championship competing in ˝ season

Sustained severe injuries in an accident at Riverside, California International Speedway during Trans-Am race.

1985 – 1986While still recuperating from injuries, competed in several IMSA GTO and American Challenge races, scoring seven top 5 finishes and one win
1987Returned to the Trans-Am series driving for Bruce Jenner Racing Pontiac Trans-Am Running well, but suffering mechanical failures.
Scored TWO WINS; Two 2nd places and one 3rd place finish while driving for Audi factory racing team in the Escort Endurance Racing series
1988Contracted to be team driver for IMSA GTP Gary English Camel Lite car but team was unable to acquire sponsorship
1989WON Campeonato del Caribe 3er Desafio International, Puerto Rico 1989
1989 - PresentOne hundred two wins in Vintage Racing, Nine class Championships
Racing ex-Winston Cup cars; Mustangs and Camaros
1992 - PresentBuy, fix, and sell historic stock cars. Compete in road races across the country in Goodwrench #29 car.
1992Invited to compete in the Fastmasters Championship involving only professional national champions aged 50 and older. Finished third to Bobby Unser and Johnny Rutherford.
1992 - 2013President HSCRG Historic Stock Car Racing Group
2003NOMINATED TO INTERNATIONAL MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME
2005Inducted into the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame

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