SONOMA, CALIF. (July 17, 2000) - Shane Lewis, who grew up and began his racing career in the Southern California community of Lancaster, returns to Sears Point International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Sonoma on July 23 enjoying a nice...
SONOMA, CALIF. (July 17, 2000) - Shane Lewis, who grew up and began his racing career in the Southern California community of Lancaster, returns to Sears Point International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Sonoma on July 23 enjoying a nice jump in the points standings following two consecutive podium finishes in American Le Mans Series (ALMS) races in Europe.
Lewis, 34, who now resides in Jupiter, Fla., drives the No. 21 Aspen Knolls/MCR Porsche 911 GT3 R in the ALMS GT class. The team scored back-to-back 3rd place finishes at both European ALMS rounds: at Silverstone, England, on May 13 and at Nurburgring, Germany, on July 9. The two podium visits boosted Lewis from a three-way tie for 12th to 8th in the ALMS GT driver's championship standings, with eight races remaining on the 12-race 2000 schedule. Only the best 10 of 12 finishes count toward the final tally.
"Europe was very good to us," says Lewis. "Moving from 12th to 8th may not seem too substantial, but just the fact that we're moving up and cracked the top-10, coupled with good results in the last two races, has really created some momentum for the team. This is my first full season in GT, our first season together as a team, and our realistic goal was to finish in the top-5 in points at the end of the year. Now it looks like we've really got a shot at it. We had some technical problems at the first two races that set us back a bit, but we've overcome that and now we're rolling."
Although Lewis began his career in California, he's only raced at Sears Point a handful of times, and would love to score a win in the hills of Sonoma wine country. "It would be a sweet victory, indeed," notes Lewis. "It's been a while since I've won a race in my home state. Points standings aside, I can't think of anything better than to get my first GT win in front of my California fans and family."
Lewis's co-driver in the No. 21 Porsche, owned by Staten Island, N.Y., businessman Bob Mazzuoccola, is fellow Californian, Cort Wagner, 36, of Los Angeles. The car is prepared by Michael Colucci Racing (MCR) in Jupiter, Fla.