Phoenix: Southard Motorsports race report

AVONDALE, Ariz., April 10, 2004 - Shane Lewis worked his No. 7 PAP-Parts/Southard Motorsports' BMW-FABCAR from tenth to third in the early going of tonight's Grand American Rolex Series' Food City 250. The one-time Phoenix-resident, now living in...

AVONDALE, Ariz., April 10, 2004 - Shane Lewis worked his No. 7 PAP-Parts/Southard Motorsports' BMW-FABCAR from tenth to third in the early going of tonight's Grand American Rolex Series' Food City 250. The one-time Phoenix-resident, now living in Jupiter, Fla., piloted his Daytona Prototype around the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) road course with precision. Through aggressive but calculated moves, Lewis cut through the competition to the delight of the Phoenix crowd. However, on a lap 47 re-start, while running third at the time, the white BMW-powered entry was struck from the side by a competitor, damaging the steering of the Steve Southard-owned FABCAR chassis beyond immediate repair. The team retired in 36th position.

Shane Lewis: "I can't even tell you how disappointing this is. We struggled this weekend but the PAP Parts guys just never gave up. We really found it out there in the race. The car was running great. We were cruising and we were still taking positions. We fought up to third and then the 6 car just tried a move that was, I'll just say 'aggressive'. He hit us pretty hard and damaged the steering. That was it. I'm just disappointed for the Southard Motorsports' crew. They've been busting their tails and I had a good chance to repay them with a top finish tonight and then to have someone else take us out like that is pretty hard to take right now."

Shane Lewis has been racing since 1989 with multiple race wins in Grand-Am sanctioned events, in the IMSA Supercar and SCCA Pro Series and the Historic SportsCar Series. He has starts in ARCA stock car competition, at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and is a former Daytona Endurance Champion and Formula Ford Festival winner. He has driven in six Rolex 24s and three 24 Hours of Le Mans- leading the race in GT class in 2003. He has two overall and one class-victory at the 24 Hours of Nelson Ledges. Lewis was honored as the 1998 Professional Sports Car Racing Rising Star award winner. Lewis also serves as a test driver and private coach.

For more on Shane Lewis please see www.shanelewis.com. To learn more about Southard Motorsports, please visit www.pap-parts.com or www.autoassets.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Steve Southard