Shane Lewis returns to Corvette at VIR. JUPITER, Fla., Monday, August 26, 2002 - Shane Lewis will return to the ...
Shane Lewis returns to Corvette at VIR.
JUPITER, Fla., Monday, August 26, 2002 - Shane Lewis will return to the #43 Orison Marketing/ Planet Earth Motorsports Corvette Z06 for the September 1 Grand-Am Cup event at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). Lewis, who was participating in a Winston Cup car at Watkins Glen International during the most recent round of the Grand-Am Cup, will be back behind the wheel of the black and green Vette for the remainder of the season. Earlier in the season, Lewis drove this Vette to a dominating victory at Phoenix International Raceway with co-driver and team owner Joe Nonnamaker.
"It is good to be back with the Nonnamakers and back in the Orison Marketing Vette," offered Lewis from his Jupiter, Florida home. "I enjoy racing with these guys because they show up ready to win. They know what needs to be done and they do it. As a driver it is a big relief to race for a team that really wants to win. I'm looking forward to racing with Planet Earth and Joe the rest of the season."
The event marks the second time that Lewis has driven for Planet Earth at VIR this season. In the team's first outing, faulty fuel pump wiring put the #43 out of contention while racing third overall. Lewis anticipates that time at the track will help the team in its return to the beautiful tree-lined facility.
"We learned a lot at VIR in June that we can bring back this time around," the fan favorite said "We were running strong then so I think we should be even stronger in a couple of weeks. VIR is a great track with a lot of history. It definitely has its challenges. This will be a tough race for the Vette teams because the track plays to some of the Porsche's strong suits. It'll be a real battle. I can't wait!"
Shane Lewis has been racing since 1989. He is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Rising Star award winner and has multiple race wins in the IMSA Supercar and SCCA Pro series. This former Daytona Endurance Champion has driven in 16 24-hour races including two 24 Hours of Le Mans, six 24 Hours of Daytona and six 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2002, he is competing as the lead driver for the #43 Orison Marketing/ Planet Earth Corvette Z06 in the GS I-class of the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series and is also racing in the American Le Mans Series.