Shane Lewis returns to site of first pro win JUPITER, Fla., Sept. 3, 2003 -- Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend to race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Monterey (Calif.) Sports Car ...
Shane Lewis returns to site of first pro win
JUPITER, Fla., Sept. 3, 2003 -- Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend to race in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Monterey (Calif.) Sports Car Championships. Lewis will be piloting the No. 63 ACEMCO Automotive/Yokohama Tires Ferrari 360 GT Modena in GT class competition with Terry Borcheller of Phoenix, Ariz. Mazda Raceway holds special meaning for Lewis, a native of Lancaster, Calif., for all the success that the former California High School State Bull Riding Champion has enjoyed there. Among his greatest memories is his first professional race win, the 1994 IMSA Supercar Championship event held at the 2.238 mile, 11-turn course. Mazda Raceway has also provided Lewis with several other top finishing positions and he was a team driver in the Chamberlain GT2 Dodge Viper-entry at the prestigious FIA Championship finale in 1997. Lewis has driven the ACEMCO Motorsports silver and yellow Ferrari to six top-ten GT class finishes in 2003 including a fourth at Trois-Rivières and an eighth at the most recent ALMS round at Road America. Lewis also charged the team to the front of the GT field at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. However, a mid-race engine failure ended the team's race while the car was in the lead.
"Laguna Seca holds a lot of great memories for me," offered Lewis. "The IMSA Supercar win is, obviously, the biggest. That is the way to get your first professional win! I fought with Andy Pilgrim and David Donohue all day. We swapped the lead back and forth so many times I lost count. But, I'd love Laguna even if I hadn't won that race. It's a driver's track. It's fast, technical and a few spots you just have to take a deep breath, maybe close your eyes and keep the pedal down. It also has one of the world's best known turns in the Corkscrew. It's just a great track and I'm looking forward to racing the Ferrari there in front of a lot of family and friends."
Shane Lewis is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Racing Rising Star award winner and is a multiple race winner in IMSA, SCCA Pro and Grand-Am sanctioned events. He has raced in three 24 Hours of Le Mans, six 24 Hours of Daytona, seven 12 Hours of Sebring and four Petit Le Mans. Lewis, a regular top-five finisher in ALMS competition, has earned ALMS podium finishes at Silverstone, the Nurburgring and Portland and is one of the few drivers with experience in the four major classes of international sports car racing (LMP 900, LMP 675, GTS and GT). He drives the ACEMCO Motorsports Ferrari 360 GT Modena in the ALMS and the Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S in Grand-Am Cup.
Lewis' two hour and 45 minute ALMS race will be broadcast at 4 pm (EDT) on NBC Sports. For more on Shane Lewis please see www.ShaneLewis.com.