American Spirit Racing names Paterson to Petit lineup

Cape Coral, FL (September 29, 2003) - American Spirit Racing boss Jon Lewis announced today that Melanie Paterson of Ontario, Canada will be the co- driver with the Team's regular drivers Michael Lewis and Tomy Drissi at the Petit Le Mans at...

Cape Coral, FL (September 29, 2003) - American Spirit Racing boss Jon Lewis announced today that Melanie Paterson of Ontario, Canada will be the co- driver with the Team's regular drivers Michael Lewis and Tomy Drissi at the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October. Melanie will be making her first start in the premier LMP900 division.

"I am very excited to have Melanie with us at Petit," stated Lewis. "She has proven to have a very consistent driving style, something that is extremely important in long races like Petit. I think Melanie will make a very good addition to our operation."

"It is a great opportunity for me to race with American Spirit Racing," said Paterson. "I have been looking to move to LMP900 and this was the perfect chance. I am looking forward to working with Michael, Tomy and the team to have a great performance at Petit Le Mans!"

Melanie made her debut in the American Le Mans Series in 2002 and has been driving an LMP675 Lola/Nissan for Essex Racing. Melanie, a former ski racer, started her racing career 6 years ago competing in Formula Fords.

The red, white and blue #12 AmeriSuites Riley & Scott/Lincoln will be carrying 2 new associate sponsors on board at Petit as well, Melanie Paterson's long-time sponsors, Imation and Cartech. Imation is a leading developer and manufacturer of removable data storage products, sold in over 60 countries worldwide, including magnetic and optical products that are a key ingredient in much of the world's technology infrastructure. Cartech, of San Antonio Texas is internationally renown for the design and manufacture of high performance automotive components including forced induction systems.

American Spirit Racing will take to the track at the famous Road Atlanta circuit at the Petit Le Mans on October 18th. The Petit Le Mans is a 1000 km (10 hour) endurance race and the final race of the 2003 American Le Mans Series schedule. The race will be broadcast live on the SPEED Channel Television Network beginning at 11:00 Am eastern.

-asr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomy Drissi , Michael Lewis , Melanie Paterson