Having made the move into sportscar racing during 2008, Ryan Lewis has stated that his focus is on returning to the American Le Mans Series again in 2009.
The British driver made his debut with the Intersport Racing team at Mid-Ohio in July having not raced any type of car for some eight months. However, Lewis was quickly on the pace as the team took third place in the class to start his time in the series with a trip to the podium.
The solid performances continued before the team was forced to miss the Dertroit round as a result of damage sustained in an accident at Mosport. After returning at Petit Le Mans, Lewis failed to see the finish after team-mate George Forgeois was involved in a huge accident late on, which left Lewis seeking another drive for the final round of the season.
Switching to the sister Intersport entry, Lewis finished a solid fifth and the Briton is now working to secure a deal to remain in the ALMS again next season.
“This year has certainly had its ups and downs but just being able to compete at the level of the American Le Mans Series has been an incredible experience,” he said. “I've had the privilege to drive at some of the all-time great sportscar events, drive a few different examples of one of the world's fastest race cars and shared the same track with world class drivers, so I couldn't ask for much more.
“Of course it's tough when you can't be as competitive as you would like. But I think that myself and all the guys at Intersport did an exceptional job with the resources available to us.
“Sportscars is where I want to be for sure in 2009. The ALMS is on the up and up all the time and seems to have such a strong following, I would be foolish not to want to be involved in such a series. Right now its early days but I think that during the '08 season I proved my pace and maturity as a sportscar driver. Hopefully this will aid my cause in finding a ride for 2009.”