LEWIS FINISHES THIRD AT LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX Long Beach, CA - Posting his best finish ever at the Long Beach Grand Prix, Michael Lewis, in the AmeriSuites # 12 Mustang Cobra, finished third in the BFGoodrich Tires Trans-Am Series opener.
Starting fourth on the grid, Lewis advanced to second following the spin of polesitter, Chris Neville in Turn One of the newly constructed Long Beach Grand Prix course. "I saw a whole lot of banging and rubbing going on at the front, and waited for the dust to settle" said Lewis. He remained in second place despite gear problems in the opening laps. He lost position to John Miller following a yellow flag restart late in the race. "I could hear broken (gear) pieces rattling around and I was just waiting for another gear to go. It was a good car for the rest of the race, it was as quick as anyone else out there."
"The car was good on long runs. The new tires are outstanding, BFGoodrich needs to be congratulated" continued Lewis "Being this is a hometown race, and after 24th place finishes here the past two years, it is great to be on the podium. I'm happy for AmeriSuites and American Spirit Racing. AmeriSuites came on board this year and this is a wonderful way to start the relationship."
"I'm very pleased with the entire team's performance". American Spirit Racing CEO, Jon Lewis, "they've worked very hard throughout the off-season and it shows".
Besides sporting a new sponsor for the 1999 season, Lewis and crew spent the winter months testing under the guidance of Data Acquisition Specialist, Buddy Fey. Fey has worked with the likes of Raul Boesel in the IRL, Joe Gibbs Racing in Winston Cup, and is currently retained by Player's Forsythe Racing Toyota Atlantic Team. Fey will attend several Trans-Am Series events as Race Engineer.