SCC: Watkins Glen: Shane Lewis preview

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 20, 2003 - In true racer fashion, Shane Lewis has added another event to his already busy race schedule. He has agreed to drive the No. 66 Mears Motor Coach/ SpeedSource/ Champion Porsche/ Fikse Wheels Porsche 911 GT3 Cup...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 20, 2003 - In true racer fashion, Shane Lewis has added another event to his already busy race schedule. He has agreed to drive the No. 66 Mears Motor Coach/ SpeedSource/ Champion Porsche/ Fikse Wheels Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry in the Grand-Am Cup's Grand Sport One (GS I) class. The SpeedSource Porsche complements Lewis's position as lead driver in the popular #20 Lava Records/ Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S in Grand-Am Sport Touring One (ST I). Lewis will co-drive with Paul Mears, the 66 car's regular driver, in the Porsche and with Mike Bavaro in the Mini Cooper S. The divisions, often paired in the same race, have a split schedule this weekend here at Watkins Glen (NY) International. The Glen Sport Touring 250 competes at 4 pm (EDT) Friday afternoon and The Glen Grand Sport 250 races on Saturday at 4 pm. Lewis, who is a multi-time Grand-Am Cup race winner has extensive experience in Porsche 911s and drove the #65 SpeedSource 911 to victory in the Grand-Am Cup season finale at Daytona International Raceway in 2002.

"I have known Sylvain (Tremblay, SpeedSource team owner) and Paul for a long time and it is always a pleasure to drive for such a competitive team," commented Lewis shortly after being approached by Tremblay to race the Porsche. "With the two divisions being broken-up into two races on two different days this gives me the perfect opportunity to go out and race on Saturday as well as Friday. We won Daytona last year with the SpeedSource Porsche so I am really looking forward to racing the 911 GT3 Cup car here at The Glen. It is a neat comparison between the Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S and the SpeedSource Porsche 911. The two cars really want to do two entirely different things out on track but that is fun for me. The challenge is a big part of why I race and why I love to race. Racing a Ferrari at Le Mans, a Mini Cooper S and a Porsche 911 here at 'The Glen' all in less than seven days is pretty diverse. I wonder if someone has a Top Fuel dragster around here that I can play with?"

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. He has raced in six 24 Hours of Daytona, six 12 Hours of Sebring, three 24 Hours of Le Mans and four Petit Le Mans. Lewis, a regular top-five finisher in ALMS competition, has earned ALMS podium finishes at Silverstone, the Nurburgring and Portland and is one of the few drivers with experience in the four major classes of international sports car racing (LM P 900, LM P 675, LM GTS and LM GT). In 2003, Lewis is a fulltime driver for ACEMCO Motorsports in the ALMS and lead driver for the Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S in Grand-Am Cup.

For more on Shane Lewis please see www.ShaneLewis.com. Additional information on SpeedSource can be found at www.SpeedSourceInc.com. For more on Nuzzo Motorsports visit www.NuzzoMotorsports.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis
Teams SpeedSource