Miami: American Spirit Racing preview

American Spirit Racing drivers Tomy Drissi and Michael Lewis will take to the streets of Miami on September 26-28th during the Grand Prix Americas presented by Sportsbook.com in the ...

American Spirit Racing drivers Tomy Drissi and Michael Lewis will take to the streets of Miami on September 26-28th during the Grand Prix Americas presented by Sportsbook.com in the #12 AmeriSuites / Benihana / Stuck on You / Westward Riley&Scott Lincoln prototype. Shown above with driver Justin Bell (center) and Benihana Chef (right) at the Benihana Japanese Restaurant on 79th Street Causeway in Miami during a 2002 promotion seen on the SPEED Channel Network, the duo will once again participate in a double- header as they compete as team mates in the American Le Mans Series on Saturday and as competitors in the Trans-Am Series on Sunday. This will be the third double-header this year (Trois-Rivieres & Road America) for Michael and Tomy.

"It's great to be back in Miami," stated Jon Lewis, president & owner of American Spirit Racing, Inc. "Miami has always been a favorite stop of mine. Back in the late 80's and early 90's when I was a driver myself, I always looked forward to the Miami Grand Prix. It was also the site of my first race in a GTP prototype. Miami is a beautiful city with fantastic fans. This event is one of the main reasons why my wife Julie and I moved to Florida." American Spirit Racing has been headquartered in Cape Coral, Florida since 1994. "The Riley & Scott is well suited for street circuits and we're searching for our first podium at Miami."

"To have Benihana back with us again in 2004 for the Grand Prix Americas is wonderful" comments Lewis. "They are a valued partner along with our other sponsors, AmeriSuites, Westward and Stuck On You, the movie." "Last year, Tomy and Michael learned how to cook Benihana style," Lewis joked. "They're both very talented drivers, but I think they should leave the cooking to the chefs."

The #12 American Spirit Racing LMP900 prototype will be on display at Bayside Marketplace on Wednesday, September 24th during the Grand Prix Americas Fan Fest and Miss Grand Prix Americas Pagent Finals. American Spirit Racing drivers, Michael Lewis and Tomy Drissi will be meeting fans and signing autographs during the Street Fest in Coconut Grove on Thursday evening the 25th. Other displays are being planned for Cape Coral, Florida on Tuesday the 23rd.

American Spirit Racing will take to the streets of Miami 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 its entirety on the Speed Channel Network at 4:00 PM eastern.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Justin Bell , Tomy Drissi , Michael Lewis