WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Wednesday, July 31, 2002 - Shane Lewis of Jupiter, Florida completed two-days of Winston Cup testing here at Watkins Glen International Tuesday. Driving the National Healing Corporation/ Otto Motorsports Ford Taurus prepared by...
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Wednesday, July 31, 2002 - Shane Lewis of Jupiter, Florida completed two-days of Winston Cup testing here at Watkins Glen International Tuesday. Driving the National Healing Corporation/ Otto Motorsports Ford Taurus prepared by Last Lap, the two-time 24-Hours of Le Mans starter accomplished a myriad of pre-race preparations before laying down his quickest times of the test just prior to leaving the up-state New York road course. Lewis and Otto Motorsports will return to "The Glen" for the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen on August 11. The event will mark the debut of Shane Lewis and Otto Motorsports in NASCAR's premier division.
"We came into this test knowing we had a lot of things on the checklist before we could even think about turning our attention toward speed," said Lewis, a 16-time 24-hour event starter. "We spent most of Monday and Tuesday morning sorting the National Healing Ford Taurus out. We have a great partner in Yates Engines and Alton McBride, Jr. has done a terrific job getting his Last Lap Motorsports team and this car together in a few short weeks. It isn't easy putting together a Winston Cup program from nothing to race day in less than a month. We have had a pretty steep hill to climb but we made progress over these two-days here at The Glen. We'll take the car back to Last Lap's shop in Charlotte and bring it back ready to go on race weekend. We are still putting together the last few pieces of the puzzle and when we're back in a week or so we'll be able to see the whole picture more clearly. We are aiming everything towards that day. We learned an awful lot of what to do this weekend. and maybe a few things not to do."
The two-tone blue and yellow entry is owned by Edgar Otto, Jr., of Boca Raton, Florida and is a special tribute to his father, Edward Otto, Sr. Otto, Sr. will be inducted into the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame in Darlington, South Carolina on August 31st. The elder Otto was NASCAR's first vice president and was heavily involved in promoting events, particularly in the northeast, for the stock car sanctioning body in the early years of the Winston Cup, then Grand National, division. Among the events that Otto promoted was the first NASCAR event at Watkins Glen International 45 years ago.
"We are looking forward to coming back the second week of August and introducing a whole new generation of fans to the name Ed Otto," said an enthusiastic Lewis. "Edward Otto, Sr. brought so much to this sport, more than a lot of people know, and I think it is important to know your history. Edgar has given me a chance to accomplish one of my goals by racing in Winston Cup. Everyone at Otto Motorsports and Last Lap wants to help Edgar's dream of paying tribute to his father come true too."
National Healing Corporation is a hospital-based wound care provider throughout the United States. As an outsource partner to hospitals in seventeen states, National Healing helps doctors heal wounds more quickly by pioneering a multi-disciplinary approach to wound care.
Shane Lewis is the 1998 Professional Sports Car Rising Star award winner and has multiple race wins in the IMSA Supercar and SCCA Pro series. He 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 lead driver for the #43 Orison Marketing-Planet Earth Motorsports Corvette Z06 in the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series and has been a regular top-five finisher in the American Le Mans Series GTS-class.