Trans-Am Driver Michael Lewis Okay after Road America Fire; Credits Champ Car Safety Team for Quick Action SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2004) -- Michael Lewis reported only minor injuries after being involved in a fire during Saturday's...
Trans-Am Driver Michael Lewis Okay after Road America Fire; Credits Champ Car Safety Team for Quick Action
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Aug. 9, 2004) -- Michael Lewis reported only minor injuries after being involved in a fire during Saturday's 35th Annual Trans-Am Rumble at the Road at Road America, during the Grand Prix of Road America Presented by the Chicago Tribune weekend. Lewis' No. 12 Jaguar XKR suffered a fuel-line failure on lap 19 of the 25-lap Trans-Am event, causing the car to burst into flames.
"Everything's fine, said Lewis. "I'm a little singed from all the flame in the cockpit, but I am generally okay. It was a broken fuel line, so the flames got hot, really fast. I was trying to get up the hill to the corner worker station, but couldn't quite get there.
"I'd like to thank the Champ Car Safety Team, added Lewis. "The car is not good, but it could have been much worse if not for their outstanding efforts.
Lewis finished a career best third in points last year. Lewis' sole victory in Trans-Am competition came at Road America in 2001, making him the first driver in more than a decade to win a Trans-Am race in a fuel-injected car.
The next race for the Motorock Trans-Am Series, the Cytomax Sport Drink 100, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday Aug. 13-14, during the Centrix Grand Prix of Denver weekend. The Trans-Am race is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. MDT on Saturday. The Trans-Am Series is part of a full weekend of racing, which also includes the featured Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford, as well as the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama, Formula BMW USA and Colorado Vintage Racing.
The race will be broadcast LIVE on HDNet, with tape-delayed highlights coverage on Spike TV's popular "Dangerous Curves timeslot, Sunday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. (EDT, PDT).