FORT WORTH, Tex., March 4, 2001- The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) debut of the new Aspen Knolls/ MCR Racing Callaway C12-R here at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) ended as Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., pulled the ...
FORT WORTH, Tex., March 4, 2001- The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) debut of the new Aspen Knolls/ MCR Racing Callaway C12-R here at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) ended as Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., pulled the #12 Aspen Knolls/ MCR C12-R off course with a broken right-rear wheel hub on lap 14, 21 minutes into the two hour and 45 minute Leather Center Grand Prix of Texas. Lewis would end the day 11th in class, 22nd overall. When Lewis stepped into the #12 at the Dallas-Fort Worth area race complex, the car had only 10 laps of testing on it.
As the lead driver for Aspen Knolls, Lewis qualified the car in 19th position, tenth in class, with a time of 94.137 in Saturday’s qualifying on the 2.324-mile road course/oval.
Shane Lewis, driver #12 Aspen Knolls/ MCR Callaway C12-R
"It is unfortunate to be out of the race that early. Even though we were pretty much using it as a test session we were hoping to run the entire event. We had a right-rear wheel hub break on us. Fortunately, it did it while under braking and in a straight line. If it had popped out on the banking or something it could have been a pretty major deal. The car is in one piece but we have a lot of work to do before we get to Sebring. The Aspen Knolls crew will get it together and we'll have a good show at Sebring."
Bob Mazzuoccola, owner #12 Aspen Knolls/ MCR Callaway C12-R
"We anticipated this being a learning experience and we did learn a lot. We thought it was time to close the tool box and go racing. We made a commitment to the series so, here we are at the beginning of the racing season. Hopefully, Sebring will be better for us. That is what we can hope for."
Reeves Callaway, founder of Callaway Cars
"This weekend is a big step; to take a new race car and go racing. I wish that we had more time for testing as several of the gremlins would have been resolved in testing. But, today was the day. Every step that we made, we made the car faster and faster. By the time the next race comes around we'll give Shane a very secure race car that he can depend on."