Shane Lewis, Homestead Ironman Homestead, Fla., September 19, 2004 -- While other drivers were being pulled exhausted from their Daytona Prototypes barely an hour after the drop of the green flag at today's Miami 250, Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, ...
Shane Lewis, Homestead Ironman
Homestead, Fla., September 19, 2004 -- While other drivers were being pulled exhausted from their Daytona Prototypes barely an hour after the drop of the green flag at today's Miami 250, Shane Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., ran the full event by himself. The three-hour Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race, delayed one week because of hurricane activity, started at 11 am (ET) in nearly unbearable heat. With temperatures in the triple digits and high humidity, the closed-cockpit No. 7 PAP-Parts/ AutoAssets.com Southard Motorsports BWM-FABCAR was a grueling environment as Lewis fought to a 14th-place finish. Lewis, a multi-time winner in Grand American sanctioned events, was fighting past the heat on his way to a solid top-ten finish when a crankshaft trigger sensor overheated. The subsequent repairs caused a long stay in pit lane ruining any chance for a top-finish for the Southard entry. Lewis would cross the finish line 14 laps down to the leaders as the only driver to complete the full distance without a co-driver.
Earlier in the day Lewis had assisted Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS), the City of Homestead and Farm Share in a special hurricane relief program at the track. Lewis made a donation and met with race-goers who were also making donation to help those in Florida devastated by three consecutive hurricanes that ravaged the state in the past two weeks.
Shane Lewis: "I'm whopped! That was the hardest thing I might have ever done in a race car. Our car was good today, not great, but good. I knew I was driving the whole distance on my own and the inside of these cars is incredibly hot. So, we were playing our strategy and then crankshaft trigger sensor went. The Southard crew worked really fast to get it replaced but that put us a lot of laps down. It was an uphill battle from there but we never gave-up. We just kept digging and got to the finish. I'm going to sleep well tonight."
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