Michael Lewis Returns To Phoenix; Eyeing Another Win PHOENIX, Arz (January 18th, 2006) - - As the United States Auto Club heads to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, Michael Lewis is preparing himself to start the 2006 season off with a...
Michael Lewis Returns To Phoenix; Eyeing Another Win
PHOENIX, Arz (January 18th, 2006) - - As the United States Auto Club heads to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend, Michael Lewis is preparing himself to start the 2006 season off with a victory in Sunday's 29th annual "Copper World Classic." The event also features the USAC Silver Crown Championship Series, plus NASCAR Autolite Elite Division SW Series and NASCAR Grand National Division West Series competition.
Lewis, hailing from Noblesville, Indiana is no stranger to victory lane in the event as the Western Speed Racing driver eased his way to triumph back in 2001. "I'm really looking forward to this weekend," said Michael. "We had a pretty good year in 2005 but there's always room for improvement. Another win in this event on Sunday would be a great way to officially start the racing season."
Indeed, the 2003 USAC Western States Sprint Car Champion has an incredible 2005 season. In just 28 races, he captured three fast times, qualified 16 times in the top-five, hustled to six wins, an astounding eleven top-five finishes and capturing 20 top-ten runs. Lewis also captured the Earl's fast qualifying award for the season in the USAC National Midget Series. "When you really look at the stats, it looks good, but I'm a winner and a champion. I've proved that. We had a lot of wins sneak away from us last year, I've got a good team behind me and we're looking for no mercy this season.
Western Speed Racing, Performance Trailers, Team ASE, Hoosier Tire, Esslinger Engineering, ASA Speed Truck Challenge, and Loy Loy Restaurant, and will all serve as sponsors on Lewis's No. 40 this weekend. "It's great that a lot of our sponsors from last year are back," continued Lewis. "Again, our focus is winning this event and I know it would be huge for all our sponsors if they saw us start the season in victory lane."
As for the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), Lewis is a fan of the track. "The racing at Phoenix is great. There's a lot of room to pass, it's wide and tight at the same time. It's one of the best tracks I think we race on and I'm looking forward to getting on the track this weekend."
Following Phoenix's event, Lewis plans to stay put in the USAC ranks while continuing to see if other racing opportunities fall in place. I would like to go back into the NASCAR Busch Series or ARCA RE/MAX Series this season," added Lewis. But, I don't have anything definite plans in the future, just people trying to help me get there. My main focus right now is here in the USAC series with Western Speed Racing, if something else develops we'll worry about it then. I have a job to do and that's what I plan on doing."