Shane Lewis To Close His First Daytona Prototype Season at California FONTANA, Calif., October 29, 2004 -- Shane Lewis returns to his native California for Sunday's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series' season finale at California Speedway.
Shane Lewis To Close His First Daytona Prototype Season at California
FONTANA, Calif., October 29, 2004 -- Shane Lewis returns to his native California for Sunday's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series' season finale at California Speedway. Lewis, lead driver of the No. 7 PAP Parts/ Southard Motorsports BMW FABCAR, started his journey to professional sports car racing at Willow Springs Raceway near his hometown of Lancaster. Now living in Jupiter, Fla., Lewis hopes the Rolex Series Lexus Grand American 400k endurance sports car race will be the highlight of his first season in the Daytona Prototype series. Despite years of success in major motorsports series and events around the world, Lewis will be making only his 12th start in a Daytona Prototype. It is the series' second full season of competition. The former California State High School Bull Riding Champion has earned three top-ten finishes thus far in Rolex competition this season. The visit to the 2.8-mile, 21-turn road course, which utilizes large portions of the California Speedway oval, is only Lewis' second trip to the Fontana-area track. In his only previous start here, in 2002, Lewis led much of the event in a Grand-Am Cup Corvette before his day ended with a mechanical failure.
Lewis has been busy since the most recent round of the Rolex Series at Barber Motorsports Park. As a highly sought-after test and development driver, Lewis has been doing extensive testing this week at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS). Lewis lapped the oval's infield road course for two days in a Pontiac-powered Riley chassis finding a baseline for a new Daytona Prototype team. The test also helped the team learn the 2005 spec Hoosier Racing Tire. Running lap times competitive with the fastest laps turned during the recent Rolex Series race weekend at HMS, the test was deemed a success as Lewis boarded a plane for Fontana late Thursday.
The Rolex Series Lexus Grand American 400k at California Speedway can be seen live on SPEED with a 4 pm (ET) green flag on Oct. 31. Live timing and scoring of the race, qualifications and practice can be found at www.grandamerican.com.
Shane Lewis: "I was born and raised in Southern California. So, I'm really looking forward to having old friends and family coming out to see the Daytona Prototypes and cheer the team on. I want to finish the season on a high note with a good, solid finish. That'll give the team momentum going into 2005. While plans are not set in stone yet, we are working hard on next season. It was a rush for me to get to Fontana. I was doing Hoosier tire testing in Homestead the last two days and caught a late plane out to be in the car on Friday. While I am looking forward to 2005 and the new Hoosier Tire deal I can't praise Goodyear enough for the awesome job they have done. They have helped this series grow and were there since the inception of the DPs. We're going to miss them. But, the Hoosiers are very good and it's exciting to have something new to work with. I'm really looking forward to the 2005 season. I think it will be a great year for the series and the fans. It's going to be important to be on your game next year. With so many new cars and teams, plus all the strong teams that have a few years under their belt, 2005 is going to be an awesome season of racing."
For more on Shane Lewis please see www.shanelewis.com. To learn more about Southard Motorsports, please visit www.pap-parts.com or www.autoassets.com.