Shane Lewis started the ACEMCO Motorsports/Yokohama Tyres Ferrari 360 GT Modena in tenth-place in GT class and finished eighth at the Grand Prix Americas.

Lewis, competing in round-eight of the 2003 American Le Mans Series [ALMS], charged as high as seventh through the tight confines of downtown Miami before handing the #63 Ferrari over to team-mate Terry Borcheller.

Early in the event, the car had been struck from behind by a competitor damaging the rear defuser - an aerodynamic aide that directs airflow under and out of the rear of the car. The damage did not impact the performance of the Ferrari but race officials required its repair forcing several additional pit stops. The driver duo dropped to eighth as a result.

"I felt really good and confident at Miami," reflected Lewis on his 48-minute stint behind the wheel of the Ferrari. "It all felt very good. The way I felt, I could have driven another six hours! We just needed a little more horsepower and we would have been right there at the front racing with the Porsches. Tough race, it seemed like a lot of guys wanted to play bumper-cars instead of race.

"Terry and I drove as a clean as anyone could and we had people beating on us. We just needed some better luck with the yellows at the end and we might have had a top-five. But that is why you race, to find out what happens, not what might happen. We got ACEMCO its first ALMS top-five at Road Atlanta earlier this year and an endurance race can make up for a lot. So, I am pretty eager to get to the Petit Le Mans in a few weeks."

Picture credit: ACEMCO Motorsports.

 

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