Shane Lewis, bull rider to driver at Tecas

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (August 23, 2000) - Growing up with rodeos, not racetracks, Shane Lewis thought he would be twisting around the back of a bull instead of the turns on the new road course at Texas Motor Speedway. Lewis, driver of the ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (August 23, 2000) - Growing up with rodeos, not racetracks, Shane Lewis thought he would be twisting around the back of a bull instead of the turns on the new road course at Texas Motor Speedway. Lewis, driver of the #21 Aspen Knolls/MCR Porsche 911 GT3 R, will compete in the prestigious American Le Mans Series race on Saturday, Sept. 2 as part of the Grand Prix of Texas race weekend.

"It's so great to be racing in a world-class series like American Le Mans," said Lewis. "The excitement and competition they bring to road course racing is unparalleled." But Lewis hasn't always been in the drivers seat. Growing up in Lancaster, Calif., his first love was rodeo bull riding in high school where he earned two college scholarship offers and competed in one pro rodeo. He ended his career in 1983 after a bull riding accident. "I remember my dad asking me, 'Shane, what's it going to take to keep you off those bulls?'

I didn't even hesitate and said, help me finish that race car I'm building." The transition from bull rider to sports car racer came naturally for Lewis. "I've been very fortunate to be successful at two things I really enjoy," said Lewis. "I always had an interest in cars and racing, so when I gave up bull riding I was glad to have something else to turn to right away."

Lewis has since enjoyed success in a wide variety of sports car racing programs, including the Bridgestone Supercar Championship, the SCCA World Challenge, and Professional Sports Car Racing, earning GT-1 class Rising Star honors in 1998.

The action packed Grand Prix of Texas will include races from the Star Mazda Series, BFGoodrich Trans-Am Series, Speedvision World Challenge, and Women's Global GT Series in an action-packed weekend of racing. Tickets are available at the speedway ticket office or by calling (817) 215-8500.

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Series ALMS
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