In only his second race in the restart of his 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season, Michael Lewis delivers another strong performance for his new team.
After qualifying the Calvert Dynamics prepared No. 98 Circle Porsche of Long Beach, Discount Tire, Curb Records Porsche 991 GT3 R P12, Michael worked his way up 6 places to finish as the highest placing Porsche in the field at P6.
This was no small feat with the likes of former Effort Racing teammate, American factory Porsche driver Patrick Long chasing him in the No. 58 Porsche Consulting, Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
If Lewis continues to finish high in the order, he will easily break into the top 10 by seasons end. With the interruption that was created through the unexpected suspension of activity at Effort Racing, Michael Lewis missed four full rounds of racing and finds himself at P12 in the standings with three more venues to run.
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Lewis to Complete Season in Calvert Dynamics Porsche Michael Lewis will complete the Pirelli World Challenge season with Calvert Dynamics in the No. 98 Porsche 991 GT3 R, the team confirmed. Lewis signed with the team for the Road America and Mid-Ohio rounds, and will now also race for the team at Utah Motorsports Campus, Sonoma Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the GT class in the its Phoenix-Prepared Porsche. After a strong start to the PWC season, including two wins at St. Petersburg, Lewis found himself sidelined after EFFORT Racing took a hiatus from competition.
Already running a GT Porsche team, Calvert Dynamics was a natural home for Lewis, who made his debut with the team at Elkhart Lake in June as part of a two race deal. Lewis will join alongside Preston Calvert, who has recently moved up to the GTA class from GT Cup. At Utah Motorsports Campus and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the team will also run the SprintX class, with Calvert partnering with Andrew Davis. “Thank you to Dr. Preston Calvert and the Calvert Dynamics team for providing three additional races to finish out the season,” said Lewis. “This was totally unexpected and I can’t thank Preston and his team enough for running our No. 98 Porsche GT3 R for more races. “These events will be on the west coast and it’ll be so nice to race in front of my local fan base and to share that with the team. Circle Porsche of Long Beach, Discount Tire, Curb Records, ASE, Cometic Gasket, Inc., The Smile Generation and many other notable partners were able to get me to Road America and to Mid Ohio.” “Thank you to them for initiating this second-half-of-the-season push to keep racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. I look forward to working with the Calvert Dynamics team session-by-session and race-by-race to earn strong results for the remaining events. “That’s what we did at Road America and that’s the best way to get results. Calvert Dynamics stepped up in a big way and I am forever grateful to Mr. Preston Calvert and his entire crew for this opportunity.”
---- “We had our first race weekend at Road America with the combination of the crew of Phoenix Performance and Michael Lewis’s former Effort Racing group,” said Calvert. “The chemistry between these two groups of people was outstanding, and we all worked very well and smoothly together. “The addition of Stefan Pfeiffer to the team as race engineer has brought fresh and steady leadership to the efforts of the crew working on the Phoenix cars. Michael Lewis is an outstanding young man, and a terrific racer, who is an excellent teammate.”
Lexington, OH – Results from Sunday, July 31, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Championship GT-GTA Round 15 GT Cup Round 14, part of the Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio presented by Honda Racing HPD. List shows Finishing Position, Position in Class, Driver Name, Driver Hometown, Car, and Laps Completed. All results are provisional until posted Final.