Laguna Beach resident Michael Lewis returned to race tracks in his home country to compete this season in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.
He earned two top-8 finishes at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on March 13 and 14.
Lewis started Race 1 on the outside of row four. At the wave of the green flag, 38 cars fought for positions as they entered the narrow first turn. At the conclusion of the first lap, Lewis was scored in 29th position. “My car was really good, and that helped propel me past the other cars,” said Lewis. He finished Race 1 in eighth place.
In Race 2 Lewis’ car started in 13th position. At the end of the race, he was chasing down a top-five finish, but as with the first race, ran out of time, but earned a respectable sixth.
“My first race was good overtaking practice for the second race,” said Lewis. “It definitely helped me for Race 2 to charge to the front.”
“Because of the early morning start, the cooler track meant that tire degradation was low and the track was fast. On the first lap I was aggressive and held my own to avoid crashes. The race ran green to checkered, so there weren’t any yellow flags to help me, and I just tried to make every lap like a qualifying lap to charge to the front,” added Lewis.