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Shane Lewis returns home to California. Series - Grand Am Cup Event - California Speedway Team - Orison Marketing - Planet Earth Motorsports North Canton, OH -- Although Shane Lewis currently resides in Florida, he originally hailed from ...

Shane Lewis returns home to California.

Series - Grand Am Cup
Event - California Speedway
Team - Orison Marketing - Planet Earth Motorsports

North Canton, OH -- Although Shane Lewis currently resides in Florida, he originally hailed from California, and is looking forward to returning to California to race again.

"It is great to be back out here racing in California again," said Lewis a Jupiter, Florida-resident. "I grew-up here and started my racing career here in California. Returning to race here always means a lot to me."

Lewis' first race win as a professional came in California at the 1994 IMSA Supercar Championships at Laguna Seca driving a Chevrolet Corvette LT-1. Lewis charged to victory over David Donohue in second and Andy Pilgrim in third in that event. He would go on to win two other IMSA Supercar races and the series' Championship Rising Star Award.

Now eight years later, Lewis will team up with Joe Nonnamaker this weekend to try and take his first win in the Grand Am Cup in the #43 Orison Marketing Planet Earth Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette.

"We are really excited about California," said Crew Chief Mike Thomas. "At Daytona we were happy to score points, but with the six week layoff in between Daytona and California, we have taken this Corvette completely apart and put it back together.

"One of our concerns after Daytona was the heat in the driver's compartment, and we have added more heat protection for the driver."

A rules change in between Daytona and California also saw 150 lbs taken off the minimum weight of the Corvette. "We hope to be much more competitive with the Porsches at California," continued Thomas. "At Daytona, it was tough to keep up with them."

At the first race of the year, Powell Motorsport scored a second place finish in their #11 Corvette. "Powell got a second place at Daytona, which means Corvette still has a shot at taking home their third straight Grand Sports I Manufacturers Championship," said starting driver Joe Nonnamaker. "It is our ultimate goal to help bring GM this Championship."

The California Grand Am Cup race will be 250 miles long or three hours long, whichever comes first. Just after the Grand Am Cup race is over, the Indy Racing League cars will be taking to the track for their third race of the year.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Mike Thomas , Joe Nonnamaker , David Donohue
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