Michael Lewis Seeks To Close Points Gap at COTA

Only five points from the lead in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, Michael Lewis and the Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team have intently prepared for a visit to Circuit of The Americas, September 18-19.Laguna Beach, California — Michael Lewis will attempt to lasso the points lead in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama during the series’ upcoming visit to Circuit of The Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas, on September 18 and 19. Only five points out of first place, Michael seeks to keep the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 up front at the penultimate round of the 2014 series championship.

Although Michael has never competed on the 3.4-mile circuit before, he is not deterred by what he and the Competition Motorsports team need to accomplish this week to achieve success.

The No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 is scheduled to compete in just four more races before the 2014 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama concludes next month.With only two race weekends left in the 2014 championship chase, Michael’s approach for Friday’s two races will remain the same as the rest of the season. “Each race weekend we try to win the race and that will always be the same,” explained Michael Lewis. “Depending on your situation during a race, where you are running and where you are in the championship points, you may make some moves to pass or push accordingly. It usually seems that the best way to score points is to work within yourself, stick to the plan, and do everything we can that’s under our control. The rest will fall into play.”

Michael added, “Our team is strong, but so too are my competitors. I’m looking forward to having some good battles on the race track!”

The IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will join the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Circuit of The Americas as part of the Lone Star Le Mans. Following is the GT3 Cup Challenge USA schedule for the event:

A tight points battle is underway for Michael Lewis as he visits Austin, Texas, on September 18-19, for the penultimate round of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.Thursday, September 18:
Practice 1: 9 a.m.–9:30 a.m. EDT
Practice 2: 11:35 a.m.–12:15 p.m. EDT
Qualifying: 3:10 p.m.–3:30 p.m. EDT

Friday, September 19:
Race 1 (45 minutes) 9 a.m.–9:45 a.m. EDT
Race 2 (45 minutes) 8:25 p.m.–9:10 p.m. EDT

On a related note, fans of Michael Lewis can now view IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama races on television. Starting last weekend, IMSA and Sinclair Broadcast Group joined forces to offer syndicated network television coverage of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama on American Sports Network (ASN). Coverage began with the series’ season opener from Sebring. Following is the remainder of the television schedule:

Sept. 20 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Sept. 27 Watkins Glen International
Oct. 4 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Oct. 11 Road America
Oct. 18 Circuit of The Americas
Oct. 25 Road Atlanta

For those who are unable to view the races on television, each telecast will be available for streaming via www.imsa.com within 24 to 48 hours following the initial Sinclair/ASN telecast.

Michael Lewis’ 2014 sponsor lineup includes Curb Records, Eibach, Cometic Gasket, ASE, C&R Racing, McKenna Porsche of Southern California, Ed Pink Racing Engines, Buwalda Construction, Laguna Classic Cars & Art, Camisasca Automotive Manufacturing, Inc., Mönik, Performance Racing Tech-Talk, Realatrends Real Estate Services, Inc., RFMS Racing, Mr. Paint Incorporated, Burger King, Val Lambros, M.D. F.A.C.S., Surterre Properties, Klotz Synthetics, Coast Fabrication, Racing Electronics, GoPro, Bell Helmets, Racing Goes Safer Foundation, JDR Graphics, Hobie Surf Shop Laguna Beach, and SACdesign.