Autohaus Motorsports Entering Grand-Am GT for 2008 With Aschenbach and Lewis in a Pontiac GXP.R
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. November 30, 2007 - Autohaus Motorsports officially announced their intent to compete for the Grand Am Rolex GT championship in 2008, with driver duo Lawson Aschenbach and Tim Lewis, Jr. The team will be fielding a brand new Pontiac GXP.R, expected to be delivered in time for the January testing at Daytona. Autohaus Motorsports is new to Grand Am, but not to GT racing. In 2006 and 2007 Autohaus Motorsports fielded the number 5 Viper driven by Tommy Archer in Speed World Challenge. While it will be Autohaus' first year competing in the Grand Am Rolex series, some members of the team have already experienced the thrill of victory in Grand Am Racing.
Executive Director Nathan McBride is a multiple race winning engineer in the Grand-Am series. Over his 13 years of motorsports involvement he has become accustomed to winning races and championships. In 2006 McBride and rookie driver Lawson Aschenbach teamed up to win the GT Championship, Rookie of the year, and Manufacturers titles with the Jon Groom Racing Porsche in Speed World Challenge. The pair is thrilled to be reunited this year for the Rolex Grand Am Season.
"Lawson is a dynamic young driver with a bright future. He has all the qualities I look for in a driver and I'm excited to be working with him again this year," McBride stated. "The pairing of Lawson and Tim will be a winning combination for the team. The two have very similar driving styles as well as experience in the Pratt & Miller built Pontiac race car."
In 2007 defending champion Lawson Aschenbach piloted the number 1 Cadillac for the factory team in Speed World Challenge. Aschenbach is looking forward to racing another Pratt & Miller vehicle. "It's truly an honor to be racing for Autohaus Motorsports," said Aschenbach. "I know the Pratt & Miller Pontiac is going to be a blast to drive. I'm really looking forward to the opportunities this season, and it would be great to help Pontiac win the manufacturers title, and bring home the team and driver's championships for Autohaus Motorsports."
Co-Driver Tim Lewis, Jr. is returning to Grand Am Rolex for his second season in the Pontiac GXP.R. Lewis competed last season with the Banner Engineering team. He claimed a victory at Lime Rock in 2007, and is hopeful to return to the top of the podium in 2008. "I am extremely excited to join Autohaus Motorsports and be back in a Pontiac GXP.R for 2008," stated Lewis. "Although Autohaus is new to the Grand-Am series and the Pontiac GXP.R, our recent 2 day test at Daytona exceeded all of my expectations. The Autohaus guys worked on the car as if they've seen it a hundred times and Nathan did an excellent job improving our chassis with every change. It was also encouraging to see how well my new teammate performed and that we both have identical driving styles. I look forward to working with Nathan, Lawson and the whole Autohaus family in achieving our goal of winning the 2008 Championship."
Autohaus Motorsports ran during the November Test at Daytona with a borrowed GXP.R. It was a productive two days for the team. "I really like the way the Pontiac GXP-R responds to chassis adjustments. The GXP-R is an extremely well built race car" declared McBride. "The technical support from Pratt & Miller is second to none and we are very excited to have the opportunity to help Pontiac win the manufacturers title in 2008."
Autohaus Motorsports is currently working to finalize their driver line-up for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and will be making the announcement in the near future.