CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 21, 1999) Former sports car road racing foes Mike Borkowski and Ashton Lewis Jr. will lock horns in no less than 15 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division races in 2000. Businessman W. Ashton Lewis of Norfolk, Va., and...
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 21, 1999) Former sports car road racing foes Mike Borkowski and Ashton Lewis Jr. will lock horns in no less than 15 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division races in 2000. Businessman W. Ashton Lewis of Norfolk, Va., and his sons, Ashton Lewis Jr. and Charlie Lewis, have formed Lewis Motorsports and will compete in at least that many NASCAR Busch Series events on the 2000 schedule, they announced Thursday.
"My sons and I sat down and decided to make a go of it in the NASCAR Busch Series," the elder Lewis said. "We will enter the Lewis Motorsports Chevrolet in at least 15 races next year, and the first one will be at Daytona International Speedway in February."
The team plans to kick off its schedule with the NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona on Feb. 19. While the team currently has not declared a primary sponsor, it has the funding to carry out its schedule and would adjust that program if additional backing were secured, a spokesman said.
Lewis Jr., 27, was a contemporary of Borkowski's, as both won "Valvoline Team USA" scholarships to race open wheel formula cars in Europe in the early 1990s. Both however, quickly returned to the United States.
Borkowski, 26, was announced recently as the driver for Bill Davis Racing's AT&T Pontiacs for a full season in 2000.
While completing his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Lewis Jr. competed in the NASCAR Winston Racing Series at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., in a car that he and Charlie designed a built as a senior engineering project.
Lewis Jr. collected six wins and five poles in just 33 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car starts. His brother was his crew chief on the Late Model car and will continue in that role in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Lewis Jr. finished third in the 1998 Lysol 200 at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York in a car secured from Roush Racing, marking the highest finish of his 11 NASCAR Busch Series starts. Lewis made eight total starts in 1998 in the NBS.
Lewis has captured 32 checkered flags in his career, most of them coming in the Skip Barber Formula Ford Championships; Barber's Zerex SAAB Pro Series and the NASCAR Winston Racing Series.
Ashton and Charlie Lewis both previously worked together at Hendrick Motorsports and Ashton Lewis spent the last two years as the head engineer at Akins Motorsports, before they left their other positions to join the family team.
Lewis Motorsports is finishing renovations on a shop in Concord, N.C., that they plan to have fully operational in late November. The team has one Chevrolet that was purchased from team owner Brad Akins. The other cars are Hopkins chassis.