An Atlanta native, Felton earned his way into racing’s all-time record books in a competitive career that saw him win in every IMSA championship he contested, earning 46 career victories in 132 starts. Even more impressive, Felton started from the class pole 73 times in IMSA’s professional categories, or 55% of his races.
Braselton, GA — Gene Felton, the four-time IMSA Champion who raced and won in several different series on a variety of tracks and circuits in a record-setting driving career, has been named the Grand Marshal of the April 25-28 HSR Mitty at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.
Although he scored several IMSA GT victories, including co-driving to 1984 GTO class wins in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, Felton is perhaps best known for his dominance of IMSA’s Kelly American Challenge Series. He won four straight American Challenge titles in 1977 through 1980, and 25 of his 46 career IMSA wins came in the Kelly series.
Felton won more major races and more consecutive championships while driving American cars — big-bore American V8s were his race car of choice — on U.S. road courses in his career than any other driver, but he also made his mark overseas and in NASCAR competition. He co-drove a Camaro to a second-place GTO class finish in 1982 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and also earned a 16th place NASCAR Cup Series finish in a Junie Donlavey-entered Truxmore Ford in the 1976 Dixie 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Felton returned to competition after devastating injuries in a 1984 accident at Riverside. He no longer drives, but can frequently be found at Michelin Raceway near his Gene Felton Restorations paddock area.