Shane Lewis prepares for battle at Trois-Rivieres JUPITER, Fla., July 31, 2003 - Shane Lewis is ready for battle in the streets of the Canadian city of Trois-Rivieres. Competing in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) first street race of the 2003...
Shane Lewis prepares for battle at Trois-Rivieres
JUPITER, Fla., July 31, 2003 - Shane Lewis is ready for battle in the streets of the Canadian city of Trois-Rivieres. Competing in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) first street race of the 2003 season, Lewis and the #63 ACEMCO Automotive Ferrari 360 GT have finished in the top-five of the ALMS GT class already this year. That top-five came at the high-speed Road Atlanta circuit shortly after leading the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in the team's debut.
However, Le Circuit Trois-Rivieres in Quebec is a very different facility than the fast and sweeping Road Atlanta or world famous circuit in Le Mans. The street course, 11 turns and 1.521 miles long, is a tight, wall-lined course through the picturesque city requiring peak concentration of Lewis and co-driver Terry Borcheller as well as a near perfect set-up for the Ferrari 360 GT Modena to challenge the dominant Porsche 911s.
"Racing at a street course is just like being in a street fight," offered Lewis. "It isn't always the biggest guy or the fastest guy that wins. Sometimes the guy willing to take the chances and who uses his head will be the one that walks away on top. We're going to be the David to the Porsche's Goliath there for sure. I haven't raced at Trois-Rivieres so I'm looking forward to the challenge of competing there. But, it'll be a difficult track for the ACEMCO Ferrari.
The street courses aren't our best type of track. We're strengthening the brain trust with the addition of Terry and Jim (Bell, team engineer) to the team and that is a good thing. However, the competition in the GT class of the ALMS is some of the best talent in any class of racing out there. So, we have a lot of work in front of us still. If we get the right conditions in qualifying, who knows where we can start and that will definitely help where we finish. We've had a great record this year completing races when a lot of things have worked against us. If we can carry that on to Trois-Rivieres, and we're the last guys standing, we just might walk away from this fight on top."
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, seven 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). He drives the ACEMCO Motorsports Ferrari 360 GT Modena in the ALMS and the Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S in Grand-Am Cup.