Daytona 24: Shane Lewis' race ends early

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 1, 2004 - The No. 7 PAP Parts/Southard Motorsports BMW-Fabcar of Shane Lewis ran as high as seventh in the 42nd annual running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona before an engine failure, due to overheating, ended his day. He...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., February 1, 2004 - The No. 7 PAP Parts/Southard Motorsports BMW-Fabcar of Shane Lewis ran as high as seventh in the 42nd annual running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona before an engine failure, due to overheating, ended his day. He was listed as ninth at hour sixteen. The Jupiter, Florida resident completed just over 14 hours of the classic 24 hour endurance event, 359 laps, before parking the car. Lewis' co-drivers were Jack Baldwin, George Robinson, Vic Rice and Steve Southard.

Lewis, about the reason out: "The engine overheated, unfortunately. We were just biding our time and we were starting to slowly make our way back up through the pack. It's a real disappointment for the whole PAP Parts/ Southard Motorsports BMW team. The car picked-up a lot of debris during the race and it looks like a piece punctured the radiator. So, we're parked. The team did a great job of getting this car very good for us but it just wasn't meant to be. I am mostly disappointed for the Southard team. This isn't the start we wanted to the season but we'll put it all back together and head to Homestead."

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.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Jack Baldwin , George Robinson , Vic Rice