Shane Lewis charges to top-10 in SPEED World Challenge MONTEREY, Calif., September 6, 2003 -- Shane Lewis raced the No. 18 ARC Racing Mazda Protege ES 2.0L I4 to seventh in today's SCCA Pro Racing Speed Touring Car (ST) class of the Speed World...
Shane Lewis charges to top-10 in SPEED World Challenge
MONTEREY, Calif., September 6, 2003 -- Shane Lewis raced the No. 18 ARC Racing Mazda Protege ES 2.0L I4 to seventh in today's SCCA Pro Racing Speed Touring Car (ST) class of the Speed World Challenge. Starting 12th in only his second series start of the year, Lewis piloted the red, white and yellow front-drive Mazda through the field lapping at some of the quickest times of any car in the event. The Jupiter, Florida-resident was plagued by a sticking throttle throughout the 50-minute race, forcing the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) regular to pick his passing points cautiously. However, he overcame the difficulties to give the No.18 one of its highest career finishes. Lewis was enthusiastic about the finish especially after he was involved in another car's accident in the fifth-turn of the first lap of his team debut on August 25th at Road America.
"It was a lot of fun," commented Lewis following the race. "We really struggled at Road America. We had a number of problems and just never got any laps. Then, we were taken out of the race in the first lap. The ARC guys have worked their tails off since then and this is a little bit of a pay-off. I had to work pretty hard out there today. The throttle stuck pretty much from the start so I had work around that and try and pick-out my passing points really carefully. We had a better car in the race than we did all weekend. Everything came together at the right time. It's just disappointing that we had the throttle problem. I think we could have passed about five more cars but the throttle issue just made the risk too great. I didn't want to get down there and not be able to get the throttle back and take-out a bunch of cars."
Lewis competed in one season of SCCA Speed World Challenge prior to the two 2003 events. In 1996, he earned three Sports 2 (S2) class victories in what is widely considered the fastest World Challenge entries to ever race.
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 three 24 Hours of Le Mans, six 24 Hours of Daytona, seven 12 Hours of Sebring and four Petit Le Mans. He drives the ACEMCO Motorsports Ferrari 360 GT Modena in the ALMS and the Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S in Grand-Am Cup.