SCC: Shane Lewis to pilot Mini in 2003

Daytona endurance champion Shane Lewis to pilot new Mini Cooper S in 2003. GLEN HEAD, NY, January 30, 2003 - Shane Lewis, two-time winner in the 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series, and team owner Tony Nuzzo announced today that Lewis will...

Daytona endurance champion Shane Lewis to pilot new Mini Cooper S in 2003.

GLEN HEAD, NY, January 30, 2003 - Shane Lewis, two-time winner in the 2002 Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series, and team owner Tony Nuzzo announced today that Lewis will drive the first Mini Cooper S in the 2003 Grand-Am Cup Series. Lewis will be the lead driver in Nuzzo Motorsports' primary car as it competes in the Sport Touring One (ST I) class for production-based cars.

Lewis, a three-time IMSA Supercar and SCCA World Challenge winner, brings a wealth of experience and necessary development skills to the new team. He's driven cars in every class of sports car racing and his resume includes stints with Riley & Scott, BMW and Saleen. He has extensive endurance experience, competing twice in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and six times in the 24 Hours of Daytona. He also has two overall and one class-victory at the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges and has raced in six 12 Hours of Sebring and four Petit Le Mans.

"We're thrilled to have someone of Shane's caliber on our team," said Nuzzo. "He brings a lot more to our racing program than just being a great driver."

"I'm going to love developing the new Mini Cooper racecar for Nuzzo Motorsports. It drives me to do something no one else has done before," said Lewis of Jupiter, Florida. "There's no doubt we're going to have some teething problems but I believe in the guys prepping the car. Mike Bavaro is a great builder and Tony Nuzzo is the right guy to be heading up a new team like this. They're both very talented drivers and I'm looking forward to the season."

The popular Mini Cooper S, just named North American Car of the Year by the motoring press, is being prepared by Mike Bavaro of BodyMotion in Ocean, New Jersey. Nuzzo Motorsports, based on Long Island's Gold Coast, is the first team to campaign the new generation Mini Cooper in Grand-Am racing. "We're thankful to all our sponsors, Habberstad Mini, BodyMotion, KW Suspension, BBS and PROMINI, who've helped us develop the program," said Nuzzo.

Shane Lewis is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Racing Rising Star award winner and is a multiple race winner in IMSA, SCCA Pro and Grand-Am sanctioned events. In 2002, he competed in the GS I and GS II classes of the Grand-Am Cup winning overall at Phoenix and in-class twice, including at the Daytona season-finale. The popular Lewis is also a regular on the American Le Mans Series where he has earned multiple podiums and top-five finishes.

For more on Nuzzo Motorsports visit www.NuzzoMotorsports.com. For more on Shane Lewis please see www.ShaneLewis.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Tony Nuzzo , Mike Bavaro