TROIS-RIVIÃˆRES, Quebec, August 4, 2003 -- Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., and the ...
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec, August 4, 2003 -- Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., and the #63 ACEMCO Automotive/Yokohama Ferrari 360 GT Modena have been moved-up to third place, 14th overall, in the final GT Class standings for yesterday's Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. The improvement came when the International Motorsports Sports Association (IMSA), the sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), released the official race results following post-race technical inspection of all the cars participating in the three-hour event.
Lewis and co-driver Terry Borcheller had set the team's highest ALMS finish with the fourth-place in the unofficial standings when the provisional third place entry was excluded for a yet announced technical violation. Lewis' career-high finish in the series came in 2001 with a second in GTS class at Portland International Raceway. This podium adds to previous GT Class podiums earned at Silverstone and the Nurburgring.
"I have to admit I was pretty surprised when I heard the news this morning," offered Lewis. "This isn't exactly the way you want to get it but we were competitive all race long so I don't feel too bad. I'm thrilled to have helped ACEMCO earn its first ALMS podium. The ACEMCO guys were the ones that made all this happen. They gave Terry and me a great car and were awesome in the pits. My congratulations go to Jeff (Giangrande, ACEMCO Motorsports owner), Thomas (Blam, race strategist), Jim (Bell, engineer), Yokohama, Ferrari and the whole crew. Everyone has earned this together. It took awhile to get two Ferrari 360 GTs on the podium in ALMS but we'll keep working to make sure this isn't the last time. It's disappointing not to celebrate up on the podium with the whole crew. We'll have to make sure to get up there again soon so that we can all celebrate together."
Shane Lewis is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Racing Rising Star award winner and is a multiple race winner in IMSA, SCCA Pro and Grand-Am sanctioned events. He has raced in three 24 Hours of Le Mans, six 24 Hours of Daytona, seven 12 Hours of Sebring and four Petit Le Mans. Lewis is a regular top-five finisher in ALMS competition and is one of the few drivers with experience in the four major classes of international sports car racing (LMP 900, LMP 675, GTS and GT). He drives the ACEMCO Motorsports Ferrari 360 GT Modena in the ALMS and the Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S in Grand-Am Cup.