BRITISH DRIVER RYAN LEWIS TO DRIVE FOR MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM Indianapolis, Indiana, June 8, 2006 -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing (MJCR) announced today that it has signed British F3 driver, Ryan Lewis, to their Atlantic Team for...
BRITISH DRIVER RYAN LEWIS TO DRIVE FOR MI-JACK CONQUEST RACING ATLANTIC TEAM
Indianapolis, Indiana, June 8, 2006 -- Mi-Jack Conquest Racing (MJCR) announced today that it has signed British F3 driver, Ryan Lewis, to their Atlantic Team for the remainder of the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship season. 22-year-old Lewis will drive the #30 Insport Swift / Mazda-Cosworth / Yokohama car starting next week at the Trinity Carpet 100k at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland.
"It's good to be back in a position where I know I'm going to be racing for the rest of the year," said Lewis. "I think America is where the best opportunity is at the moment and I'm really glad to be part of the Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team. They've shown with Graham that they are a winning team and if Graham and I start pushing each other, I think we can have at least a few podiums, obviously I want to be on the top step as much as possible!"
Lewis, who tested with the team back in December in the 014 car, received another chance to demonstrate his talent last week at Sebring International Raceway, and he didn't disappoint. The Hertfordshire-native impressed Mi-Jack Conquest Racing Team co-owner Eric Bachelart.
"At the test last week in Sebring, Ryan confirmed the potential we saw in him in December. He was doing lap times close to those of Graham's and it was his first time in the new Atlantic car, it was a remarkable performance from someone with zero experience in that car," said Bachelart. "We are more than pleased to have him join our team. He is a fun person to work with and to have on the team. I know that Graham and Ryan will work well together on and off the track and that we can expect great things from them."
Lewis' new team-mate is also excited about having the Brit join the team. "Ryan's a good guy, we got along very well during the test in Sebring," said Graham Rahal. "He showed he can drive a car fast and give good feedback, which in return will make both of us faster."
The young British driver will also be working with experienced engineer Lee Dykstra. "Lee and I worked really well together in Sebring, we're on the same sort of wave length. He made it easy for me, the car was set up really well and I was comfortable in the car straight away. I look forward to working with him the rest of the season."
Crowned British F3 Scholarship Champion in 2004 with 17 wins, 15 pole positions and 17 fastest laps in only 24 races, Ryan was selected a 'BRDC Rising Star' at the end of the 2004 campaign. In 2005, Lewis ran in the British F3 International Series (Championship Class), placing has high as second, twice, and finishing the season in eighth place in the final standings. He also won the 2003 Formula Palmer Audi Championship.
Ryan Lewis will join his new team and his Atlantic Series competitors next Wednesday at Portland International Raceway for an Open Test before taking to the track Friday morning for the first practice session of the Trinity Carpet 100k.