Kelly Collins


Record updated 18-Apr-06

Kelly Collins
Kelly Collins from Newport Beach, CA is a Skip Barber Racing School instructor, stunt driver for scores of Hollywood productions and he has been fortunate to have been able to make a living behind the wheel of some of the world's most exotic racing cars. He has won championships, numerous wins and podium finishes for manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Pontiac, Porsche, Nissan, Honda, and BMW.

Known for his great sense of humor and down to earth nature, Kelly is popular both on and off the track. Collins introduction to racing began with motorcycles. Through his late teens and early twenties, Collins competed successfully in off road motorcycles. In 1987, he migrated to Formula Ford and Formula Mazda. When he was 21 years old he competed in the Barber Saab Pro Series and a year later earned his first endurance win in the 12-hour Firestone Firehawk race at Sebring.

As his career was taking off, Kelly received a phone call that forever changed his life. Doug Fehan, Program Manager for Corvette Racing, offered Collins to test for a seat in the newly developed Corvette C5-R for the 1999 Petit Le Mans race. Kelly spent the next four season as a factory Corvette driver, dominating the best that the world's sports car manufacturers had to offer. he's won all over the world in everything he's ever raced, including the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona.

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.