Laguna Beach, CA — Michael Lewis will compete in back-to-back race weekends in the Pirelli World Challenge beginning with this weekend’s two rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
Michael and teammate Mike Hedlund will participate in Rounds 3 and 4 of the Sprint X Championship driving the No. 98 K-PAX Racing, The Smile Generation McLaren 650S GT3. Michael has experienced success previously at the 10-turn, 2.458-mile permanent road course, where he finished 8th in the Pirelli World Challenge two years ago while competing in the GT category.
“The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park track is quite a fun place to drive,” explained Michael Lewis. “The first sector is full of really fast turns that a GT3 car can take very well. These GT3 cars have quite a bit of downforce, so it is a pleasure to use that in the fast turns.
My previous experience here has been in a Porsche, so I look to adjust my driving according to what the McLaren GT3 needs. It will be fun to get back to racing with Mike Hedlund and to go through unique parts of the weekend, like the driver change procedure during the mandatory pit stop. It is a fun exchange, and it is a fun challenge to get to a fast pace right when you enter the track from being ‘cold.’ Thank you to everyone who is following our season this year, and we look forward to earning a solid result for you!”
This weekend’s Sprint X schedule is as follows:
Friday, May 19
11:50 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Sprint X Practice
4:55 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sprint X Qualifying
Saturday, May 20
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Sprint X Race 1
Sunday, May 21
3:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sprint X Race 2
Rounds 3 and 4 will air live on www.motortrendondemand.com beginning at 1:35 p.m. ET for Round 3, and Round 4 will air live on Sunday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET. Both races are scheduled to be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, May 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
About K-PAX Racing
Since joining the Pirelli World Challenge in 2007, K-PAX Racing has celebrated a total 93 podiums, 37 wins and four driver championships, solidifying the team as a continuous championship contender. In 2014, K-PAX Racing expanded its relationship with McLaren GT, bringing two new 2015 McLaren 650S GT3 race cars into competition. The renewed effort kept K-PAX Racing at the forefront of competition, becoming a serious championship contender in the seasons to follow. In 2016, the team expanded to three full season McLaren 650S GT3 race cars, and clinched the Pirelli World Challenge Team, Driver, and Manufacturer Championships.
About McLaren GT
McLaren has been a pioneer and setting benchmarks on the tracks around the world for 50 years, and the latest range of GT racing models based on the road-going McLaren Automotive range is no different. McLaren GT was established in 2011 to develop, build and support all GT race activities. Based in Woking, Surrey at the former home of McLaren Racing, the company is responsible for the design, development and production of the 650S GT3, 570S GT4, and 650S and 570S Sprint models.
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