BRASELTON, Ga., June 27, 2003 - Twelve days ago Shane Lewis was leading at the midpoint of the 24 Heures Du Mans in the ACEMCO Automotive Ferrari 360 GT Modena. This weekend the Jupiter, Fla. resident returns to the United States to continue his...
BRASELTON, Ga., June 27, 2003 - Twelve days ago Shane Lewis was leading at the midpoint of the 24 Heures Du Mans in the ACEMCO Automotive Ferrari 360 GT Modena. This weekend the Jupiter, Fla. resident returns to the United States to continue his assault on the GT class championship in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Lewis will pilot a Ferrari 360 GT Modena prepared by ACEMCO Motorsports of Spring Lake, Mich. in Sunday's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta. The CBS Sports televised event will be Lewis' first time back in the ACEMCO Ferrari since charging the car from seventh to the lead in the world's most famous sports car race. Despite battling a contingent of Porsches, the ACEMCO entry was able to make steady progress through the field and into the lead until an engine failure ended its day just past the midpoint of the race. This weekend also marks the debut of a new 360 GT Modena for the team. The familiar silver and red ACEMCO Automotive entry that competed at both Sebring and Le Mans will be replaced with a slightly different version painted silver and yellow. Lewis joins Lilburn, Georgia's Andrew Davis at Road Atlanta in Sunday's two hour and 45-minute race.
"It was a thrill to lead Le Mans," reflected Lewis after arriving in Atlanta. "We kept moving up through the field over the first few hours. We made the jump up to fifth pretty quickly and sat there for awhile then up to fourth. Third to first happened really quickly and then, unfortunately, first to out happened really quickly too. But, I think we showed a lot of what this program is capable of. I'm really looking forward to getting the ACEMCO Ferrari back to the front. We still have our work cut out for us because we are bringing a new car here this weekend. Road Atlanta is a tough place but we learned a few things at Le Mans we hope to be able to apply here. The ACEMCO Motorsports guys have been working night and day since they got back from France to have this car ready. Yokohama has been working to give us the best tire for the car and Andrew and I are going to give it everything we can. We picked up some good momentum at Le Mans and we are trying to bring back as much of that as we can. Unfortunately, momentum is a pretty tough thing to pack into your luggage so we'll have to wait 'til Sunday to see what got through Customs."
Shane Lewis is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Racing Rising Star award winner and is a multiple race winner in IMSA, SCCA Pro and Grand-Am sanctioned events. He has raced in three 24 Hours of Le Mans, six 24 Hours of Daytona, six 12 Hours of Sebring and four Petit Le Mans. Lewis, a regular top-five finisher in ALMS competition, has earned ALMS podium finishes at Silverstone, the Nurburgring and Portland and is one of the few drivers with experience in the four major classes of international sports car racing (LMP 900, LMP 675, GTS and GT). In 2003, Lewis is a fulltime driver for ACEMCO Motorsports in the ALMS and lead driver for the Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S in Grand-Am Cup.
For more on Shane Lewis please see www.ShaneLewis.com.