Nurburgring: Shane Lewis ready to race

Shane Lewis is set to return to the cockpit at Nurburgring, following a hard impact at Le Mans in the Aspen Knolls/MCR Porsche 911 GT3 R. Lewis, 34, of Jupiter, Fla., spun in oil dropped from a blown engine on an LMP car and hit the...

Shane Lewis is set to return to the cockpit at Nurburgring, following a hard impact at Le Mans in the Aspen Knolls/MCR Porsche 911 GT3 R. Lewis, 34, of Jupiter, Fla., spun in oil dropped from a blown engine on an LMP car and hit the guardrail in the Porsche Curves two hours into the June 17 event. After being held several hours for observation, Lewis was released later that same evening. He has been spending time between Le Mans and the upcoming American Le Mans Series (ALMS) round at Nurburgring on July 9 touring Europe with his wife, Crystal, and reports he feels fine and ready to race.

"I'm definitely set to go at Nurburgring," said Lewis, who suffered a strained neck and concussion in the impact, estimated at upwards of 150 mph. "A couple weeks of R&R with my wife has been great therapy and I'd say I'm 99% right now. By the time we get to Germany next week, I'll be ready to give my usual 110% effort. This is an important race for us. We did so well at Silverstone (3rd place) and our performance at Le Mans was strong, in spite of our unfortunate luck; we absolutely expect to contend for a spot on the podium at Nurburgring. I don't know if anyone can catch the Dick Barbour car, but we're certainly capable of a top-three.

"On a personal note," added Lewis, "I'd like to thank everyone who's emailed or telephoned me with best wishes. The response of my friends and fans has been overwhelming. I haven't been able to respond to all of the messages, but I appreciate every single one."

The team's No. 21 Porsche, owned by Staten Island, N.Y., businessman Bob Mazzuoccola, was sent to a shop in France for repairs, and the MCR crew returned to Europe on June 28th to finish preparing the car for next week's 1000k race. Lewis will co-drive with Cort Wagner, 36, of Los Angeles, Calif. The team competes in the series' GT class.

Nurburgring is event number four of 12 on the ALMS 2000 schedule, and the second of two European Le Mans Series (ELMS) races run this year. The series returns to North America at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., on July 23.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Shane Lewis , Dick Barbour , Bob Mazzuoccola