SCC: Watkins Glen: Shane Lewis preview

Shane Lewis going for back-to-back wins. JUPITER, Fla., Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - Shane Lewis, having dominated the most recent Grand-Am Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in April, will again drive the ...

Shane Lewis going for back-to-back wins.

JUPITER, Fla., Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - Shane Lewis, having dominated the most recent Grand-Am Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) in April, will again drive the #43 Orison Marketing - Planet Earth Motorsports Corvette this weekend at Watkins Glen (NY) International. Lewis, of Jupiter, Fla., will be attempting to win back-to-back Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series' contests at the Sports Car Grand Prix at the Glen on Saturday. Should the bright-blue, green and black Corvette Z06 accomplish the feat of winning back-to-back events, it will be the first GSI-class team to do so in 2002. The 3-hour or 250 mile event will take place on one of Lewis' favorite facilities, the 3.4-mile 'long course' at "The Glen" further strengthening the team's optimism.

"Anytime you win a race it gives you momentum going into the next event," remarked Lewis, the lead driver of the team. "However, this is such a hotly contested series that to win and then come back and do it again the next race is very difficult. 'The Glen' and Phoenix are two entirely different types of tracks; worlds apart really. But, I think the Orison Marketing - Planet Earth car has legs for both types of tracks. I really like the long course and I am looking forward to racing the Corvette there. The fans are going to get a good show."

Lewis currently sits tied for sixth with teammate Joe Nonnamaker in Grand-Am Cup GSI-class points. The Lancaster-California-born driver feels the team has a legitimate shot at the Grand-Am Cup championship.

"We have a few disadvantages that we didn't have at Phoenix in the way of weight penalties but that is the official decision and we'll have to make the best of it," appraised Lewis of the car's new performance expectations. "I still feel that we can do well at 'The Glen' and in the championship. We did some testing at Mid-Ohio and think we learned a few things there. Still, the other Vettes and Porsches are certainly not going to just hand us anything. It is going to be a tough battle for the championship but we want that title."

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. Lewis has American Le Mans Series (ALMS) podium finishes at Silverstone, Nurburgring and last season at Portland. 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 GSI-class of the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series and as lead pilot of the #45 American Viperacing Dodge Viper in the ALMS GTS-class.

-www.shanelewis.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Joe Nonnamaker