JUPITER, Fla., August 19, 2003 - Shane Lewis has been signed to drive for ARC Racing at two upcoming races in the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Championships. The Jupiter, Florida-resident was asked to drive ARC Racing's Mazda ProtÃ©gÃ© ES...
JUPITER, Fla., August 19, 2003 - Shane Lewis has been signed to drive for ARC Racing at two upcoming races in the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Championships. The Jupiter, Florida-resident was asked to drive ARC Racing's Mazda Protégé ES 2.0L I4 in the SCCA Speed Touring Car (ST) class of the popular SCCA Pro Racing series at Road America (August 8-10) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (September 5-7). Lewis will be doing double-duty driving at both events as each coincides with American Le Mans Series (ALMS) races at the same track. Lewis races the No. 63 ACEMCO Automotive/ Yokohama Ferrari 360 GT Modena in the ALMS.
This marks Lewis' first time back in a SCCA Speed World Challenge car since leaving the series after one season in 1996. While competing in the World Challenge, Lewis earned three Sports 2 (S2) class victories in the series, then known as the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge. That class and that season are widely considered the fastest World Challenge entries to ever race. The ride in the ARC/ TBPG/ Red Line Mazdaspeed Protégé is not Lewis' first in a Mazda race car either. The three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans starter drove a Mazda MX-6 to victory in the inaugural IMSA Endurance Championship event at Daytona International Speedway.
"I'm real eager to get into the ARC Racing Mazda Protégé and to be back racing in the Speed World Challenge," enthused Lewis. "Things were a lot different in the series back in '96. We didn't do standing starts. I'm really jazzed about that. It should be a blast. ARC puts together a great car and the Mazda is as good as they come. I'm going to have a bit of a learning curve to figure out the Toyo Tires because I haven't raced on them before but I'm not too worried about that. I've tried to watch every World Challenge race this year from pit lane or on SPEED Channel and the competition in Touring class is incredible."
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.
For more on Shane Lewis please see www.ShaneLewis.com. For more on the SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge, please visit www.World-Challenge.com.