Michael Lewis and The AmeriSuites Jaguar seeking improved results at Mosport. San Diego, CA. (May, 14th, 2002): Michael Lewis and the AmeriSuites/American Spirit Racing Jaguar and Trans-Am series will contest round two of the 2002 season at the...
Michael Lewis and The AmeriSuites Jaguar seeking improved results at Mosport.
San Diego, CA. (May, 14th, 2002): Michael Lewis and the AmeriSuites/American Spirit Racing Jaguar and Trans-Am series will contest round two of the 2002 season at the demanding Mosport track in rural Ontario Canada. Lewis and his AutoCon Racing team are coming off of a disappointing 15th place finish at the season opening race at Long Beach, caused by a differential failure mid way through the race. Michael Lewis feels that the team is lagging behind in the points chase for the 2002 BF Goodrich Tires Cup is looking towards Mosport as a starting point to move back up in the series championship.
"We have to be more aggressive," Lewis commented his offices in San Diego. "I have never had a great deal of success at Mosport in the past, but over the past two or three years I have gotten much better as I have learned the track and gained confidence there. Mosport is a track that requires total commitment and confidence entering the high speed, sweeping and often off-camber turns. I think we can be a factor this year."
While Michael didn't offer any suggestions as to his favorite turns, or even his least favorite, he did mention turn two and the end of the back straight as being key areas on the Canadian racecourse that stresses technique and confidence and is known as a momentum track.
"Horsepower definitely rules here (Mosport) because of that long back straight," Lewis explained. "But the turn at the end of the back straight is critical. You are under heavy breaking and you are carrying a lot of speed into a very demanding turn and when you really nail that turn it feels really good. Also turn two is very much the same."
While Lewis didn't feel he had real insight into all of the recent body changes to the Corvettes and Panoz Esperantes, since the series hasn't been on a track where aerodynamics is much of a factor, he felt that a lot more would be learned during this weekend.
"Mosport is one track where the aero package is big," Lewis explained. "Probably one of the most aerodynamic critical tracks we run on in the Trans-Am Series. Even at a place like Road America, which everyone considers a high-speed track. That track is fast because of the long straights, but most of those turns are 2nd gear turns. At Mosport almost all the turns are high speed and down force is critical here."
Even though Mosport is a track where aerodynamics is really important and the 2002 Jaguar is significantly different from last years bodywork, Michael Lewis doesn't expect to see any major changes in race setup for this weekends race.
"The bodies aren't really that much different," was Lewis' assessment. "The important thing is to get the car balanced right so that you have lots of down force on the rear of the car. That is done with the rear wing."
"And as far as the changes made by the Series on the Corvettes and Panoz Esperantes, we will have to wait and see," concluded Lewis. "But, driving a Trans-Am car has always been about driving and mechanical set-up. I don't think any one body has a significant advantage. Either before or after the changes."