Cape Coral, FL (July 10, 2003) - American Spirit Racing with drivers Michael Lewis and Tomy Drissi are looking forward to taking to the twisty Infineon Raceway circuit in their AmeriSuites / Westward / Cabo Wabo Tequila / Riley&Scott MKIIIC / ...
Cape Coral, FL (July 10, 2003) - American Spirit Racing with drivers Michael Lewis and Tomy Drissi are looking forward to taking to the twisty Infineon Raceway circuit in their AmeriSuites / Westward / Cabo Wabo Tequila / Riley&Scott MKIIIC / Lincoln. The team finished 9th in class and 11th overall at the season opener in Sebring, Florida.
"For us, we came away from Sebring with a victory," stated Jon Lewis, President and Team Owner of American Spirit Racing. "We knew that we wouldn't have what it takes to beat the Audi's and Bentley's at Sebring. So, we went with our own strategy. Perhaps we were a little too conservative on our engine set up, but the car performed exceptionally well and our Drivers and Team were outstanding. It was our first race in this Series, the first time our drivers drove an LMP900 car in a race, and we only came together as a team 7 weeks prior to the event. All in all, we accomplished all that we set out to do. Finish the 12 hours and place in the top ten."
"We had our share of difficulty at Road Atlanta," continued Lewis. "We had a shift linkage malfunction during the shake down lap prior to the start of the race and were forced to repair it back at our transporter. Unfortunately, Tomy had to start the race from pit lane on cold tires." On the first pit stop, the controls of the car were shifted to Michael Lewis who brought the car all the way up to 5th in class and 9th overall, however the team lost positions during the final pit stop and finished 6th in class and 12th overall.
The team has been working extensively with engine builder, Lozano Bros. Porting of Cibolo, Texas to increase the power in the 6.0 liter Lincoln V8. "As I stated earlier, we were overly conservative on our race engine for Sebring. We will be a lot more competitive from a power stand point at Infineon Raceway and for the remainder of the ALMS schedule," claims Lewis. "We saw a vast improvement at Road Atlanta. This year is a learning year for us with this new car, but we are working hard on improving with every event."
Michael Lewis, who has driven for American Spirit Racing in Trans-Am for the past four years, captured his first Trans-Am win at Road America in 2001. Tomy Drissi captured the Trans-Am Rookie-of-the-Year award with the team in 1999 and later captured his first Trans-Am win at the 2000 Long Beach Grand Prix while driving for his own team.
"I am really looking forward being back in the wine country of Northern California and driving on the Infineon Raceway circuit," comments (Michael) Lewis. "There is something special about this track. Maybe it's the fact that last I was here (in Trans-Am), I started on the front row twice and finished in third place earlier this month. Maybe it's the overall layout of the track or the commitment you have to have to do well here. Maybe it's the great fans we have here or the beauty of the area. I guess it's the combination of all of these."
"Infineon Raceway is a driver's track," Drissi added. To do well here, you have to be at the top of your game. To conquer the high speed twists and elevation changes you have to be on that proverbial razors edge. Mike and I are looking forward to capturing our first top five finish in the AmeriSuites LMP900 entry."
The American Le Mans Series takes to the track at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California on July 27th. Live television coverage of the event will be televised on the NBC Television Network at 4:00 PM eastern.