Sonoma, California (July 24, 2017) — K-PAX Racing has announced that Michael Lewis, co-driver of the No. 98 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 car in the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX class, will now co-drive the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 car with Bryan Sellers. Michael will replace fellow SprintX driver Jonny Kane for the division’s final two rounds of action.
This change occurred as a result of the withdrawal of the No. 98 GTA-class McLaren 650S GT3 driven by Mike Hedlund from the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge. Previously teamed together in a Pro-Am line-up with Mike Hedlund, Michael will now drive in a Pro-Pro combination with Bryan Sellers. One of the benefits of competing in the GT, Pro-Pro class versus the GTA, Pro-Am class is that drivers are still required to complete a mandatory pit stop and driver change during the race, but the Pro-Pro team must pit for only a minimum of 60 seconds compared to the 90-second minimum for the Pro-Am and Am-Am cars.
Program Manager Darren Law: “It is very unfortunate both for K-PAX and Mike [Hedlund] that we have to withdraw his entry for the remainder of the season. He is great to work with, and it’s frustrating we could not achieve the results we both thought possible [for him]. I respect Mike [Hedlund] and he does a great job in the car. We continue to work together with him and look forward to more programs in the future. As for Michael Lewis, we are really happy to announce that he will continue with us and move over to the No. 6 car that Bryan Sellers drives full time. Michael is fast and is great to work with. We are pleased to keep him on and give him an opportunity to fight for the podium with Bryan in the final rounds of the PWC SprintX Championship.”
Michael, Bryan and the No. 6 McLaren of the K-PAX Racing team will next compete in Rounds 7 and 8 of the SprintX Championship on August 11–13, at the Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah. The races are scheduled to be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, August 20, at 4 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. PDT. Tune in to the series’ live video stream of the race events at http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo/ as well as the series’ live timing of the practice, qualifying, and race events via http://tsl-timing.com/event/173206. Visit www.world-challenge.com for event schedule information prior to the event.
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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.