Laguna Seca: Shane Lewis preview

Shane Shots -- Notes on Shane Lewis No.3 PAP-PARTS / OZEXE Southard Motorsports BMW-Riley Daytona Prototype monetery quote: "I definitely want to compliment Grand American and Laguna Seca for getting the series to this awesome race...

Shane Shots -- Notes on Shane Lewis

No.3 PAP-PARTS / OZEXE Southard Motorsports BMW-Riley Daytona Prototype

monetery quote:

"I definitely want to compliment Grand American and Laguna Seca for getting the series to this awesome race course. The fans are going to get a great show watching the Daytona Prototypes coming down the Corkscrew. This is one of my favorite tracks and the place I won my first professional race. So, it means a lot to me to be here racing again. As a team, we have a real momentum from leading the last race at Fontana. Laguna is a very technical track, a little different than Fontana, so it will be interesting to see how we perform here. I can't wait to get on track and show what the team can do."

to the point

Shane Lewis is currently ranked 12th in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship. With 56 points, he is 21 points from fifth and only seven points out of tenth-place. He has guided the one-car Southard team to 11th in the team standings after three races.

fontana flashback

Lewis ran in the top-three at the most recent round at California Speedway for 27 laps and in the lead, under green flag conditions, for three laps. He did two stints in the No. 3 BMW-Riley, taking the green flag and racing to third when he handed over the Southard entry. He returned to the car for the closing laps retaking several positions, finishing 11th overall. Fontana marked the highest running position that the Southard Motorsports crew has had in DP competition. For Lewis, it was a return to the top spot. He is a winner of four Grand American-sanctioned events.

memories

Among Lewis' greatest memories is his first professional race win, the 1994 Supercar Championship event here at Mazda Raceway. The track also provided Lewis with several other top finishing positions and he drove the Chamberlain GT2 Dodge Viper-entry here at the prestigious FIA Championship finale in 1997. The California native's most recent race at Laguna Seca, in a Ferrari 360 Modena, resulted in a seventh-place finish.

have helmet, will travel

Lewis has competed in all major styles of cars currently running in American sports car racing; Daytona Prototypes, Le Mans Prototypes, GTS, GT, Grand-Am Cup (GS and ST) and SPEED World Challenge. He has also enjoyed international success in Le Mans competition (GT and prototype classes, leading GT class in 2003) and at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in 2004. To relax and stay sharp for the Rolex Series, Lewis owns several karts and regularly competes in events in Florida where he has won several national competitions.

Lewis has won with cars in Grand-Am Cup, Supercar, World Challenge, SCCA Formula Ford, Historic SportsCar Series, Historic Stock Car Racing Assoc., at the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges, the One Lap of America and piloted cars in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, in the FIA GT Championship, STRANA Trucks, ARCA and NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car competition.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis