SAE WEBSITE PICKS UP SPEED AT TRANS-AM EVENTS
Warrendale PA, September 25, 1999 - What's the speed of the Internet? In the case of www.sae.org, the Society of Automotive Engineers website, it's 300 kilometers per hour (kpm) or more than 180 miles per hour, the top speed of Michael Lewis' AmeriSuites Trans-Am Mustang. Lewis is carrying the SAE website identification on his race car at the Houston, Texas Trans-Am event today. The decal was also in place for the Trans-Am event in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 4 and will be on the car's body when Lewis drives in the October 17 event at Sebring, Florida. "This idea came about after I joined SAE last year," said Lewis, "As a racer and an engineer, I'm well aware of the fact that modern race cars depend upon many of the standards SAE has developed." "This season we decided we would showcase some of our favorite nonprofit organizations on the car," Lewis said, "And SAE seemed a natural fit for our team. Rather than simply running a SAE logo, we thought it would be a little more modern to direct people to the website so they can learn more about what SAE has to offer." Lewis is competing in his third season of the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series. He has four top-three finishes so far this season and was tied for fourth in points after ten of thirteen races. In 1997 he was runner-up for rookie-of-the-year honors. Prior to the Trans-Am series, Lewis was a four-time SCCA National Run-off champion in GT1 and GT3. President and chief engineer of Automation Technologies in San Diego, California, Lewis spoke to a packed house at a recent Southern California SAE section meeting.