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Ruhlman and Lewis ready to head North for Grand-Am Daytona Prototype debut at Montreal Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Montreal (Aug 1, 2007) --Armed and ready to do battle, Daytona Prototype driving pros Randy Ruhlman and Shane Lewis are set to put...

Ruhlman and Lewis ready to head North for Grand-Am Daytona Prototype debut at Montreal Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Montreal (Aug 1, 2007) --Armed and ready to do battle, Daytona Prototype driving pros Randy Ruhlman and Shane Lewis are set to put the Southard Motorsports No. 3 Preformed Line Products Lexus Riley right into the thick of things at Round 11 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. Competing in the Series first ever race on the historic 2.71-mile Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, this action-packed Grand-Am event on August 3 will showcase both the Daytona Prototype and GT cars running together in a two and a half hour race.

While many of the drivers have never run this circuit, that is not the case for Ruhlman. "I ran up here with Trans-Am in the final race of the Series, and actually, this is one of my favorite tracks to drive," says Ruhlman. "It definitely suits my style of driving--we took the outside pole and finished third. You have to be totally focused and hit your marks all the way around. There's no time to rest, and knowing that tends to keep you on your toes. We don't have a lot of time on the track, so I think a knowledge of the course will be a big help and should definitely give us a little extra edge."

"I'm really looking forward to racing the Daytona Prototype in Montreal," says Lewis. "Not only is it exciting to race on a circuit that hosts Formula 1, but the Canadian fans are some of the best in the world. I've never driven here before, but it's great to have a team mate who's very successfully raced here in the past. Randy and I will continue to make our Lexus-Riley the best it can be and race it hard against some great competition. It's going to be a great race weekend for us and the fans!"

"There's really something special about going to Montreal," continues Ruhlman. "It is an incredible city, very European. To make it even better, the fan turnout is always amazing. They really get behind racing and that makes the event even more exciting for us as drivers."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Randy Ruhlman