Michael Lewis Travels to Texas for Season Opener

Michael Lewis prepares for his second season in the Pirelli World Challenge, beginning at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, this weekend. Photo: Porsche Motorsport North America.

Michael Lewis prepares for his second season in the Pirelli World Challenge, beginning at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, this weekend. Photo: Porsche Motorsport North America.

Laguna Beach, California — Michael Lewis is in pursuit of another strong performance at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) to kick off his 2016 race season campaign in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC). During his inaugural visit last year at COTA, as well as his first race ever in PWC, he made an impressive debut as he finished P6 and P9 overall, and won both races in the GTA division. Only days away from taking the green flag to start the 2016 season, Michael will compete in the premier GT division of PWC. Last year, Michael began his campaign in the GTA division as Porsche Motorsport North America’s Young Driver with EFFORT Racing, and quickly excelled to be promoted up to the GT division at only the fourth round of the season.

Michael will begin this year’s PWC season driving the brand-new 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 R for EFFORT Racing. Michael will compete in the team’s No. 41 EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian entry as he and his Porsche Factory Driver teammate Patrick Long will race against dozens of GT drivers on the COTA grid at the first event, March 4–6. Race 1 is scheduled to take place Saturday, with Race 2 set for Sunday. Built in 2012, the 3.47-mile, 20-turn permanent Texas road course has quickly become a favorite track of drivers among a variety of racing classes, including Formula 1.

EFFORT Racing debuted the new No. 41 EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R for Michael Lewis at the PWC season opener. Photo: Camden Thrasher 2016.

EFFORT Racing debuted the new No. 41 EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R for Michael Lewis at the PWC season opener. Photo: Camden Thrasher 2016.

Live timing and scoring will be available at worldchallenge.growsites.net. Both Races 1 and 2 will be broadcast live at www.world-challengetv.com, and later telecast on CBS Sports Network. Dates and times will be announced soon.

Circuit of The Americas Schedule
(all times listed in Central Standard Time)

Friday, March 4:
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Practice
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Practice

Saturday, March 5:
9:45 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Qualifying
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Race #1

Sunday, March 6:
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Race #2

Andrew Gregory, of Porsche Motorsport North America, and Michael Lewis study the telemetry of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Andrew Gregory, of Porsche Motorsport North America, and Michael Lewis study the telemetry of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Michael recently contributed a column to National Speed Sport News, which can be read at http://www.nationalspeedsportnews.com/opinion/columns/lewis-up-to-the-world-challenge/

He was also featured on Sportscar365.net:
http://sportscar365.com/gt/world-challenge/lewis-effort-its-the-same-team-just-rolling-up-with-new-cars/

2016 Pirelli World Challenge Schedule

March 3–6     Circuit of The Americas, Austin, Texas
March 11–13 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida
April 15–17    Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach, California
April 22–24    Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama
May 19–22     Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
May 27–28     Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut
June 23–26     Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
July 29–30       Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio
August 12–14 Utah Motorsports Campus, Tooele, Utah
Sept. 16–18     Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, California
Oct. 7–9           Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California

Two practice sessions are scheduled for Friday, March 4, at COTA, followed by Race 1 on Saturday, and Race 2 on Sunday. Photo: MJLRacing 2016.

Two practice sessions are scheduled for Friday, March 4, at COTA, followed by Race 1 on Saturday, and Race 2 on Sunday. Photo: MJLRacing 2016.

Follow Michael Lewis on social media at:
Facebook: /MJLRacing
Twitter: @MJLRacing_
Instagram: @MJLRacing

Follow EFFORT Racing on social media at:
Twitter: @EffortRacing
Instagram: @EffortRacing
Facebook: /EffortRacing

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