Behind the Scenes with Kelly Collins
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Recognized as one of the most diverse and talented race car drivers, Kelly Collins has secured championships, numerous wins and podium finishes for such manufacturers as Chevrolet, Pontiac, Porsche, Nissan, Honda, and BMW. This season, the GM driver hopes to continue his success in the No. 64 TRG/iRise/Pontiac GTO.R in the Grand American Rolex Series. Copiloting with Paul Edwards, the duo has already won two races, propelling them to lead in driver points and Pontiac to lead in manufacturer points in the GT class.

Highlights of Collins' career include multiple victories at Petit Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona, and 12 Hours of Sebring. Kelly also scored four podium finishes at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans with teammates Andy Pilgrim, Frank Freon, and Oliver Gavin. In 2001, Collins helped write history by teaming with the legendary Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Andy Pilgrim in the 2001 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Collins and Pilgrim's road racing expertise helped Dale and his son take their first and only podium finish together in a Corvette C5-R. This landmark event was recently named as one of the top ten motorsports moments on Speed. Between race weekends, I visited this gifted driver at his home in Newport Coast, California. Known for his great sense of humor and down to earth nature, Kelly is popular both on and off the track. Despite being reserved around journalists, I found Kelly to be refreshingly honest and sincere. His California home is elegantly decorated with trophies and racing pictures. Collins' 2002 Olympic Torch is also on display. Kelly and his fellow Corvette teammates were honored to serve as torch bearers for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. In his garage, Collins stores his elaborately designed racing helmets. His favorite helmet was designed by the late Dale Earnhardt for the 2001 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Earnhardt had matching helmets designed for his teammates for the prestigious endurance race.

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