Laguna Beach, California — After a successful rookie season in sports car racing where Michael Lewis earned impressive results in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, Michael has been recruited to drive for EFFORT Racing in the GT-A class of the Pirelli World Challenge.
In addition to displaying EFFORT Racing’s EFFORT® brand on the team’s Porsche 911 GT3 R, Michael is proud to announce his sponsor lineup for the 2015 season. Joining Michael as he competes in the Pirelli World Challenge are Curb Records, Eibach, Cometic Gasket, ASE, CXC Simulations, The Smile Generation, C&R Racing, RFMS Racing, Performance and Racing Tech-Talk, Val Lambros M.D., F.A.C.S., Surterre Properties, Mr. Paint Incorporated, GoPro, Racing Electronics, Bell Helmets, Racing Goes Safer Foundation, and JDR Graphics.
“It is really special to continue the relationship with many of my core sponsors,” said Michael Lewis. “It’s an honor to represent such great companies and people on and off the race track. I appreciate EFFORT Racing for the chance to drive for their team and also to be a part of their Young Driver Program with Porsche Motorsport North America.”
A bonus for Michael’s loyal sponsor team is that all Pirelli World Challenge race events in 2015 will be broadcast on television. Broadcast dates and times will be announced soon.
Michael Lewis’ 2015 Sponsor Partners:
EFFORT Racing was founded in 2010 by Chuck Toups. The Houston, Texas-based team won the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge GT-A Championship. EFFORT Racing has one simple goal: to be Champions, both on and off the racetrack. In doing so, the team seeks not only to win races, but to spread an uplifting and encouraging message of hope. That is why they strive to infuse God’s integrity and standards into the passionate and exciting world of racing. By doing so, they know they can continue to have a positive impact on the racing community…and beyond.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb since 1962, Curb Records has achieved 433 number one records, over 1,500 hundred Top Ten records and charted over 4,500 total records. Today’s roster includes some of the top names in Country, Christian and Pop/Rock music. Curb Records was honored as Billboard Magazine’s 2001 Country Music Label of the Year and Radio & Records Magazine’s 2005 Overall Gold Label of the Year.
Eibach suspension products are created to meet the extreme requirements of racing, from the 245-mph Mulsanne straight of Le Mans to the fender-to-fender combat of Daytona International Speedway. Eibach production technology is recognized worldwide as leading its field, from its high-strength spring-steel alloys, its advanced CNC winding process, high-quality corrosion protection, and the legendary longevity of its components.
Cometic Gasket, Inc., is a leading worldwide supplier of shelf stock, custom and short-run gaskets for the performance aftermarket, original equipment and motorsports industries. What originally began in 1989, in an 800-square-foot office with limited production facilities and capabilities, has evolved into a 70,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing center. Cometic Gasket is located 30 miles east of Cleveland in Concord, Ohio. Today, Cometic produces and ships more than 5,000 types of gaskets to customers worldwide.
ASE stands for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Since 1972, this independent, non-profit organization has worked to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. ASE promotes excellence in automotive repair and service. Over 300,000 Automotive Technician and Service Professionals hold ASE Certifications. ASE Certified Technicians work in every part of the automotive service industry.
CXC Simulations was founded in early 2007 by Chris Considine, the son of noted automotive journalist Tim Considine, and a former racer himself. As a high-tech engineering firm that has revolutionized the design and manufacture of advanced personal racing simulation equipment, CXC enjoys a low profile as word of mouth and industry knowledge keep customers seeking out the Motion Pro II. Each of CXC’s simulators is individually assembled, tested, installed and fully supported after sale.
The Smile Generation
Smile Generation connects people with great dentists dedicated to delivering on its Right Fit™ promise: providing an exceptional patient experience and advanced clinical care. Utilizing advanced technologies that reduce costs without sacrificing care, Smile Generation dentists provide a complete patient experience designed to be the right fit for the modern patient.
Established in December 1988, C&R Racing, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of cooling systems and drivetrain components for the motorsports industry. Chris Paulsen, former IndyCar Series chief mechanic, started the company as a custom machine shop and metal fabrication business serving the IndyCar industry. Since its inception, the company has grown to be the leading manufacturer of components and equipment for high performance applications, complete cooling systems, chassis and drivetrain components, and wind tunnel models.
With more than 50 wins in midget racing since 1998, RFMS Racing is one of the leading race teams in motorsports. The team, owned by Don Fike, has also earned wins in USAC Silver Crown and the Infiniti Pro Series. Don Fike’s own racing career included stock car racing at the Mazon Speed Bowl, and then late models. He quit racing in 1983 to dedicate his time to building an organization that provides residential care services to individuals with developmental disabilities and older adults. In 1992, Don decided to help his sons AJ and Aaron pursue their own racing dreams, and later founded RFMS Racing, which has also propelled the racing careers of many other drivers.
Performance & Racing Tech-Talk
Performance & Racing Tech Talk provides direct access and trends in the high tech world of specialized factory and tuned performance vehicles and racing vehicles. They offer in-depth reviews of performance components, the latest news from vehicle and components manufacturers, and interviews with builders, engineers, and innovators. Performance & Racing Tech Talk is also committed to sharing information, encouragement and guidance to students and to the schools they attend, supporting and advancing interest in and for the benefit of engineering and technical programs in vehicle performance and technology.
Val Lambros M.D., F.A.C.S.
In practice in Orange County, California, since 1984, Dr. Lambros has been on the forefront of new thought and technique in plastic surgery on a national and international level. A frequent speaker at local regional and national meetings, Dr. Lambros has challenged traditional plastic surgery assumptions about many aspects of facial aging and facial surgery. Though the face is Dr. Lambros’ main research interest, he has done body contouring since its inception in the US, and has designed several widely used liposuction instruments.
Surterre Properties offers highly experienced, proven-successful, locally based real estate agents who are dedicated to delivering personalized client service and results. Orange County, California-based Surterre possesses the strategic vision, marketing acumen and global reach one would normally find at a much larger company—including the region’s only in-house advertising agency and the industry’s most aggressive Internet marketing program.
Mr. Paint Incorporated
Mr. Paint was founded in 1984, based on good, old-fashioned values: Show up on time, provide quality service, be honest, and do a good job. The company’s motto is “Painting with Pride.” Now more than 30 years later, the company has expanded from just painting to staining, glazing, faux finishing and Venetian plaster application.
GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras. In addition to their use in motorsports, GoPro cameras have also provided a personal glimpse of competitors in hockey, surfing, skydiving, skiing, motocross, skateboarding, snowboarding, concerts, and more.
Racing Electronics has been in the racing business for over 25 years. What began as a hobby in a condo in 1988, has grown to become the number-one company in race communications worldwide. Look around at any major racing event and one can see Racing Electronics everywhere…helping its loyal customers…professional and amateur racer, or race fan.
Bell Racing USA LLC is the world’s leading auto racing and karting helmet company. More champions in all forms of racing have worn Bell Helmets than any other brand. The Bell name is synonymous with innovation, technology, engineering excellence and superior helmet performance. Bell designs and develops innovative, technically superior auto racing helmets and accessories that maximize protection and enhance driver performance.
Racing Goes Safer Foundation
The Stand 21 Safety Foundation is an independent, California-based corporation, which manages an international program to promote motorsport safety worldwide, as well as seeking, funding and communicating on motorsports safety enhancement programs. The Stand 21 Safety Foundation is a nonprofit (application pending) organization that is constantly involved in field research, development, and analyzes the raw feedback from racing drivers and accidents on the tracks.
JDR Graphics provides graphics services for motorsports. Customers can see their car’s paint scheme on an all-digital 3D model before it is applied to the actual car. The company produces its own 3D models and do not outsource to other companies or dealers, so they can assure the models are of premium quality.