Fehan, Keating and Rahal are Candidates for 2017 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2018) – Three sports car team owners/managers – Doug Fehan (Birmingham, Mich.), Ben Keating (Victoria, Texas) and Bobby Rahal (Chicago, Ill.) have been named as candidates for the 2017 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence, presented by Gorsline Company, based on each of their team’s success on the track during the 2017 race season. The award recipient will be chosen by a panel of motorsports professionals and announced on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, during the Road Racing Drivers Club’s annual members’ dinner at Daytona International Speedway. The 2017 honoree will be presented with a specially engraved Rolex Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht-Master timepiece.
The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence was created to recognize the team owner or team manager who has demonstrated the qualities of integrity, passion for the sport, and love of cars for which Bob Snodgrass was known during his life and career. The award, supported by Gorsline Company, the premier insurer of high-risk professionals, has been presented previously to Bob Stallings (2010), Joe Sahlen (2011), Peter Baron (2012), John Stevenson (2013), Alex Job (2014), Chip Ganassi (2015) and Mike Shank (2016). It rewards the achievements of the team owner during the previous year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.
Backgrounds on candidates for the 2017 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence follow:
Doug Fehan – Corvette Racing Fehan is the Program Manager for Corvette Racing, which competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (GTLM) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For the last 19 years he has overseen the establishment of the team as the world’s premier production-based sports car program, which currently boasts 106 victories around the world: 82 in ALMS, 15 in the WeatherTech Championship, eight at Le Mans and one in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. In IMSA, the team has won 12 Manufacturer and Team championships, plus 11 Driver titles. Corvette Racing swept the GTLM Manufacturer, Driver and Team championships the last two seasons.
Ben Keating – ViperExchange/Keating Motorsports Keating is one of the most successful owner/drivers from the last few years in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and in major international endurance events. The No. 1 volume Viper dealer in the world, he underwrote the development and construction of the Viper GT3-R program. A true privateer, he complemented his winning IMSA campaign in 2017 with his role as the entrant, owner and co-driver of a Keating Motorsports LMP2 effort in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the sole entry in the class competing in a Multimatic/Riley Mk.30 Gibson. His 10 career IMSA GTD victories, including the 2017 12 Hours of Sebring win, rank him first on the all-time class win list. He co-drove with Riley Motorsports and Mercedes-AMG in 2017 to a sweep of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championships.
Bobby Rahal – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing As a driver, Rahal has competed in F1, Can-Am, Le Mans/IMSA and CART, notching three CART championships, including a win at the 1986 Indy 500, and wins at the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1987 12 Hours of Sebring. After retiring from driving in 1998 he spent time with Jaguar’s F1 effort, then became the interim boss of CART. Along with former late-night talk show icon David Letterman and businessman Michael Lanigan, he is a principal in the IndyCar and IMSA teams. BMW Team RLL won the 2010 ALMS GT team and manufacturers titles and swept the top two spots in the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring, securing the ALMS GT drivers’ championships, and winning again at Sebring in 2012. To date, BMW Team RLL has scored 17 wins, 23 poles and 68 podiums. In 2017, the team won four races, the most in one season in the team’s nine years with BMW Motorsport, and finished second in the Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships.
About Bob Snodgrass – Snodgrass, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 64, was president of Brumos Racing and president and CEO of the Brumos auto dealerships in Jacksonville, Fla., where he lived for 35 years. As a team owner he had three Rolex 24 At Daytona wins (Brumos Racing has eight) and a total of 10 wins at Daytona. He was a driving force behind the formation of the Grand American Road Racing Association and the Daytona Prototype class. Born in Elmira, N.Y., he saw his first race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and was hooked. Famous for his humor and wit and an accomplished vintage car racer, Snodgrass (along with Peter Gregg, who owned Brumos Porsche from 1965 until his death in 1980) was instrumental in Brumos’ entry into motor sports.
About Rolex – Rolex, the Swiss watch brand headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programs.
About Gorsline Company – Gorsline Company, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., pioneered the business of providing insurance for high-risk professionals. The company specializes in providing racing drivers and owners creative, custom-designed insurance packages and estate planning strategies.