Mont-Tremblant: Shane Lewis preview

mont-tremblant quote: "I absolutely love this race track. It's really got a little of everything you want in a road course. I also think that it will be one of the most competitive six hour races in history. This will be a race that will really...

mont-tremblant quote:

"I absolutely love this race track. It's really got a little of everything you want in a road course. I also think that it will be one of the most competitive six hour races in history. This will be a race that will really showcase a team as a whole. It's going to make the teams work harder and smarter that ever before. The cars are very fast and still very reliable so every driver will have to be flat out just to stay on top."

to the point

Shane Lewis is currently ranked 12th in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship with 79 points just four markers out of the top-10. The Southard team holds 11th in the team standings for the second weekend in a row after four races.

double-podium

Mont-Tremblant was the site of one of the most unique moments of Lewis' career. In 2002, he was entered in a GS II Grand-Am Cup car that was, at the time, eligible for competition in the Rolex Series at the endurance races. Early in the weekend, a GTS team requested his talents and Lewis was added as a team driver in that car. Though initially not expecting to drive many stints in the GTS car, he ran much of the race in both cars; driving every hour, jumping from one car to the next. At the end of the six-hour event Lewis stood on the top-step of the GS II podium with a victory and on the third step of the GTS class podium. It marked a unique part of history in Grand American and for Lewis.

green hell

Shane Lewis flew to Germany to take part in the 33rd Annual 24 Hours of Nurburgring on May 7-8th. In his rookie appearance at the track known as "Green Hell" in 2004, Lewis ran to eighth in class. Things did not go as well this year when a fuel pressure problem in his No. 3 steam-racing Porsche forced the car to miss the first practice/ qualifying session. They returned to qualifying and, starting the race, Lewis began to fight his way to the front. 2004 Southard Motorsports teammate Vic Rice took the second stint behind the wheel but a punctured tire forced a slow return to pit lane and dropped the car several laps down with significant damage. Fighting the 15.57-mile, 73-turn track, miserably cold and wet conditions and a heavily damaged car, the team suffered another blow when the car hydroplaned into a wall damaging the car even more. While the team worked to repair the damage, after a brief stint on track by Lewis, the team declared the car unable to continue. Lewis finished 20th in the A7 class in a field of over 270 entered cars.

travelin' man

Shane Lewis is not a man to sit around and wait for the next race. He goes and finds them. While the Rolex Series has been off, Lewis left Monterey and traveled directly to Germany to race in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring (see green hell note). He returned from Germany and, one day later, flew to Elkhart Lake, Wisc. to participate in the Historic SportsCar Series (HSR) round at Road America in two different GTP cars. From Wisconsin he returned to Florida to test his racing kart at Moroso Motorsports Park. He comes to Mont-Tremblant for the Six Hours directly after that. Following the Six Hours in the No. 3 BMW-Riley, Lewis will fly to Indianapolis where he has been invited to attend the 89th Annual Indianapolis 500. From Indy, he will head north to Minneapolis to assist in a tire demonstration. A week later he will race in the Six Hours at the Glen in the Southard entry.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Vic Rice