Mexico City: Southard Motorsports preview

Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman ready to drive at Mexico City the No. 3 Southard Motorsports/Preformed Line Products Daytona Prototype MEXICO CITY (Jan. 27, 2007) -- This weekend marks the return of the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype cars to...

Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman ready to drive at Mexico City the No. 3 Southard Motorsports/Preformed Line Products Daytona Prototype

MEXICO CITY (Jan. 27, 2007) -- This weekend marks the return of the Grand-Am Daytona Prototype cars to Mexico City for the second race of the 2007 Rolex Cup season--the Mexico City 250 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez. Ready to follow up last month's Rolex 24 At Daytona is the No.3 Preformed Line Products Daytona Prototype of Southard Motorsports, featuring drivers Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman. The pair will share the driving duties of the Southard Motorsports Lexus Riley for the Saturday, March 3rd, Mexico City Rolex Sports Car Series race.

Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman both drove the recently redesigned Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2006 Grand-Am competition. The track presents some challenges, including some rhythmic driving sections, that Ruhlman says, "You definitely don't want to get behind in these sections of the track. We're going to have to drive smoothly and have a good set up, because if you do get behind, you're going to be behind for four or five more turns, and that'll be costly in time and in track position."

Lewis agrees, "Randy's right. It is so important to have a really good car for the fast sweeping corners here in Mexico. We will be working with our engineer, Kris Mellon, to find the perfect combination. It'll be fun to get out there and get back to the basics of a quick car and a strong set up. I'm also looking forward to putting our new Lexus power plant through its paces. With the Daytona 24 hour behind us, we can now get to the business of flat out sprint races."

-credit: sm

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