Laguna Seca: American Spirit Racing race report

Cape Coral, FL (September 8, 2003) - American Spirit Racing drivers Tomy Drissi and Michael Lewis brought the ...

Cape Coral, FL (September 8, 2003) - American Spirit Racing drivers Tomy Drissi and Michael Lewis brought the #12 AmeriSuites/Westward/CaboWabo Riley & Scott/Lincoln home finishing 4th in LMP900 and 5th overall. This is the Team's second top-5 class finish this year and first top-5 finish overall.

"What an exciting race and what a tremendous job this whole Team did this weekend," exclaimed Jon Lewis, President and owner of American Spirit Racing, Inc. "It was an almost flawless race for us. Our crew was really on top of their game this weekend and our drivers were spot on."

Tomy Drissi qualified and started the American Spirit machine in the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championship of Monterey. During which he drove the first two stints (just under 2 hours) and brought the car up to 3rd in class and 4th overall for a large portion of the time. "I was keeping my eye on the monitors and following the car around the track at every corner," stated Lewis. "Tomy worked the traffic brilliantly. I was extremely impressed with his driving this weekend."

Midway through the race, the number 38 Champion Audi went behind the wall with gearbox problems, but soon reentered after a quick repair. "I saw a podium finish on the horizon when I saw the Champion Audi go behind the wall," exclaimed Lewis. "But when I saw it came right back out again, I knew it was going to be tough. If only it took them two more laps to fix, we would have been on the podium!"

Michael Lewis took over with just under one hour remaining. After another flawless pit stop, Michael entered back onto the track with the two Prodrive Ferraris ahead. With just two laps remaining, Michael passed the #80 Ferrari and took the checkered flag in 6th place overall. A later technical violation placed the #88 Ferrari at the bottom of the final results, therefore placing the Team in the 5th place overall position.

"I can not say enough about both Michael and Tomy and about this team of guys we have at American Spirit Racing," further stated Lewis. "We jumped into the deep end of the pool when entered the American Le Mans Series LMP900 class, but both Michael and Tomy have progressed wonderfully. When you look at the strength of talent that we are competing against, it really goes to show just how talented these two guys are. And, our crew has really started to gel. We've really learned a lot about this car and it shows."

American Spirit Racing's next event will take place on Saturday, September 27th at the Grand Prix America's in Miami, Florida. This, the 8th event on the American Le Mans Series nine race schedule is run on a temporary street circuit in downtown Miami. The twisty 1.1 mile circuit is located near Bayside Marketplace and incorporates Biscayne Boulevard and Bayfront Park. The 2 hour and 45 minute race will be broadcast live in it's entirety on the Speed Channel Network at 4:00 PM eastern.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomy Drissi , Michael Lewis