Lewis & Drissi – In An AutoCon R&S
This project has been kept well under ‘lock and key’
until today – but is both a surprising and welcome addition
to the ALMS prototype ranks.
in conjunction with RPM Holdings, LLC will campaign a Riley &
Scott MkIIIC in the 2004 ALMS, with Michael Lewis as the primary
driver, and Tomy Drissi signing up for the bulk of the schedule.
Lewis and Drissi
were 2003 team-mates for American Spirit Racing, so it’s good
news for them that they have arranged to stay together (as American
Spirit moves into the LMP2 class) – but with the same chassis,
and much of the same crew.
AutoCon is also
looking to enter the Le Mans 24 Hours.
learned a great deal during our rookie season in ALMS," said
Lewis. "The quality of competition in the LMP class was incredible.
Every part of your program has to be top-shelf if you want to compete
with the likes of the Joest, Champion and Panoz. Tomy and I both
feel as if we have some unfinished business and look forward to
returning to the best sports car series in the world.”
has successfully run in the Trans-Am Series for the last six years,
but “we ran last year's American Spirit effort out of our
shop in San Diego," explained Michael Lewis, "so most
of the personnel and equipment will be the same for 2004. It's particularly
important, in my opinion, to have that continuity in effort at this
level of the sport, particularly for Sebring, Le Mans, and Petit.
It's undoubtedly our biggest challenge yet at AutoCon, but the entire
team is looking forward
to building on the momentum we had late last year."
and I had a blast last year and are anticipating podiums this year,”
said Tomy Drissi. “We're both extremely competitive personalities.
It's always been a dream of mine to run Le Mans, the crown jewel
of sports car racing, and I'm really happy to be making the effort
to get there. We're both pumped and ready to start testing. I'm
excited about the changes in this season's package. I can't wait
is currently looking to fill out their line-up with funded drivers
who have the skills and desire to compete at Sebring, Le Mans, Monza
(?), Petit and other selected events.
More ALMS prototype
news is expected on Friday.