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.

AutoCon Motorsports, 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.

"We certainly 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.”

AutoCon Motorsports 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."

"Michael 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 for Sebring!"

AutoCon/RPM 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.


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