Shane Lewis Chosen to Race In 24 Hours of Nurburgring
JUPITER, Fla., June 3, 2004 -- Jupiter, Florida's Shane Lewis has been selected to drive the No. 4 Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the upcoming 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Lewis, who is a regular in both the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, will be making his debut at the world famous endurance race with longtime European sports car participants Steam-Racing GmbH. Competing in the A7 class with co-drivers Achim Berg (Hennef, Germany), Vic Rice (San Rafael, Calif., USA) and Michael Schratz (Leverkusen, Germany), Lewis will pilot one of 270 entries entered for the June 12-13 event. Lewis has competed in 18 24 hour races including the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges and led the 24 Hours of Le Mans in GT class in 2003. In 2000, Lewis earned a GT class podium finish on the Nurburgring' Grand Prix course in the ALMS' GT class driving a Porsche. This will be the first time he has raced on the 24.358 kilometer (15.14 mile), 84-turn Nordschleife, or what is widely called "Green Hell", course.
about racing at Nurburgring: "It's a real honor to be one of the few Americans to be chosen to drive in this race. To get to race in an event of this magnitude with a top, German, Porsche team is just incredible. I'm really excited about this opportunity to get back into a Porsche at one of the greatest race tracks the world has ever known. As a driver, this is the kind of event you just love to compete in. To do it with a top-flight, professional organization like Steam-Racing is more than I could have asked for."
about the track: "I have raced at Nurburgring once before with the ALMS and we stood on the podium. That was also in a Porsche but on the Grand Prix course. The full course is going to be a real challenge but the kind a driver really enjoys. The history there is huge and I can't wait to get to be a part of this event."
about the size of the field: "270 cars? I'm not sure I have raced against 270 cars in my career-- combined!"
Shane Lewis has been racing since 1989 with multiple race wins in Grand-Am sanctioned events, in the IMSA Supercar and SCCA Pro Series and the Historic SportsCar Series. He has starts in ARCA stock car competition, at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and is a former Daytona Endurance Champion and Formula Ford Festival winner. He has driven in six Rolex 24s and three 24 Hours of Le Mans- leading the race in GT class in 2003. He has two overall and one class-victory at the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges. Lewis was honored as the 1998 Professional Sports Car Racing Rising Star award winner. Lewis also serves as a test driver and private coach.