COTA Nets Michael Lewis Stong Position For GT3 Cup Championship Finish

BLAKELY_ 254.jpgWe set double pole position, race 1 win (leading all laps and setting fastest lap), and race 2 we finished P2 (setting fastest lap). It was an incredible weekend! The No.98 Porsche 911 has one more race weekend in Atlanta this weekend! Fingers crossed for another good result. Thank you! – Michael Lewis. Image Credit: Blakely (2014)

COTA Nets Michael Lewis Stong Position For GT3 Cup Championship Finish

With a win, a second-place finish and two pole positions at the most recent round in Austin, Texas, Michael Lewis now stands one point shy from first place in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series points standings.

Michael Lewis earned his fourth win of the season in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

As part of the Lone Star Le Mans event with the TUDOR SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series set out on the track on Thursday morning, September 18, for its first practice session of the event. But rain greeted all the teams when they arrived to the track on Thursday morning. The light rain stopped just before the first practice session on Thursday morning. While the Competition Motorsports team expected the track to dry, high humidity challenged that plan and kept the track wet. But Michael still set the second fastest time during the 30-minute session.

Parts of the track did dry in time for the second practice session late Thursday morning, and Michael proceeded to set the fastest overall time in that fairly dry session.

Although Michael Lewis had never raced at Circuit of The Americas before, he earned the pole positions for both of his races on Friday, September 19, and scored one win and a second-place finish.

Temperatures increased during the day and the sun appeared just in time to dry the track completely for Thursday’s qualifying session. “Our strategy was to set our two fast laps as soon as we could because the heat would consume the tires rapidly,” explained Michael Lewis. “In the end, we set our two fastest times in the first two laps and decided to wait until the last part of the session to try a third flying lap in case anyone improved. But conditions were so hot and no one else improved. Our plan worked, and the two fastest times occurred at the beginning of the session when the track was slightly cooler and the tires were brand new.”

As a result of the team’s strategy, Michael set the fastest lap and second fastest lap in the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911, which placed him on the pole for both of Friday’s feature races. “This double pole position is something really special for my team,” said Michael. “We get to be the first car into the first corner for both races, and that is extremely helpful. From a driver’s standpoint, setting pole position is something just outright fun; you are the fastest.”

BLAKELY_ 22.jpgFriday’s Race 1 began under wet conditions with Michael Lewis’ No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 setting the pace of the field as he led from the green to the checkered flag. Image Credit: Blakely (2014)

Race 1

But the rain had not left the Austin area completely, and rain throughout the night placed a solid layer of water over the entire 3.4-mile race track. As the green flag waved for Friday morning’s 8 a.m. start of Race 1, Michael led the pack under full wet conditions. As the field approached the first turn, Michael battled with two other drivers and they drove three wide into the turn’s entry. Michael maintained his line and squeezed out of the first corner in first place. From that point on, Michael maintained his lead as he drove his own race, focusing on hitting his marks and leading every single lap of the 45-minute race, in the process setting the race’s fastest lap. Michael finished more than 24 seconds in front of the second-place finisher to gain maximum points and a dominating victory that he converted from pole. Michael’s lead was the largest margin of victory this season for any driver in the series.

“The biggest part of the race, in my mind, was the start,” shared Michael. “I thought that if I could get through clean and exit Turn 1 in first place, then the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 could have a solid shot at the win. To be honest, I had no idea that the gap was that big back to the next competitor. My team kept reminding me to hit my marks, and that’s what I did. We were fast and driving with such a good Porsche 911 car with Yokohama tires that gripped so well even in the wet was incredible!”

GOPR9356 - Lewis.JPGGT3 pitlane grid before Race 2 at COTA – #98 Curb Records/Competition Motorsports GT3 Cup Porsche sits at P1. Image Credit: Lewis/Competition Motorsports (2014)

Race 2

The second race for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama was not scheduled until Friday evening, but that allowed the rain to pass and for the track to dry from the rest of the day’s race activity. Michael’s plan was to capitalize on another pole position and try to convert that into another race win, sweeping the weekend with first-place finishes.

This race served as COTA’s first nighttime race with a start time of 7:25 p.m. right at sunset. This proved challenging to all the drivers who found lighting during the race from portable light fixtures positioned throughout the track.

Michael’s strategy was to build his lead quickly to stay in front of the competition. After the race started, he quickly built that large lead through the first two laps. A full-course caution appeared on the second lap for an incident in Turn 11. After a long safety car period, Michael anticipated the restart from his P1 position and took off to open up another healthy lead. After a few laps into the run, Michael’s gap to P2 began to shrink until he was ultimately passed and fell back to second. Though Michael was now in P2, he maintained pace with the leader. In the next few laps, the third place driver also made a pass on Michael and relegated Michael back to third place. Though he lost two positions since the start of the race, Michael was calm and collected his thoughts to make an attempt to earn a position or two before the finish.

“I think that at the beginning of the race I ran a pretty hard pace,” Michael explained. “Although we ended up setting the fastest lap time of the entire Race 2, I think my pace was just a bit too much for the Yokohama tires with those particular track conditions.”

With tire conditions in mind, Michael remained calm and cooled down the No. 98’s tires and sat directly behind an ensuing battle of the first two drivers for the concluding laps of this night race. With five laps to go, the top-three drivers running nose to tail caught lapped traffic. As they entered Turn 3, each drove underneath a lapped car, but contact was made between Michael’s No. 98 and the side of the lapped car, which caused Michael’s car to spin into the run-off area in the high speed Turn 3 complex. Although it appeared that Michael’s race may be over, he managed to straighten the car, click down a couple gears and continue rolling onto the racing surface. With the lead built by the top-three cars, Michael ended up not losing much time and actually stayed in third.

With only four laps remaining, Michael and his team were optimistic that they could salvage a third-place, podium finish with some damage to the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911. Astonishingly, Michael began to catch the leaders as the race came closer to its end. With two laps left in the race, the first- and second-place drivers collided, which sent one of them spinning. Michael avoided the car as it spun off the track and drove by to regain second place. As that car drove back onto the track, Michael built enough of a lead to bring his race car across the finish line in 2nd place.

BLAKELY_ 74.jpgMichael Lewis celebrates his performance on the podium at Circuit Of The Americas. Image Credit: Blakely (2014)

After a first- and second-place finish at Circuit of The Americas, Michael Lewis now stands only one point behind first position in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama points standings. Further, Michael’s fourth win of the season, combined with eight podiums and six pole positions have placed him P2 in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama points championship as the series heads to its final two races at Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans, October 2 and 3.

“That race was absolutely incredible, and I must thank my team for keeping my head cool,” said Michael. “Also, I would like to thank my main sponsor, Mr. Mike Curb, for attending this action-packed race. I really hope we put on a good show for him and the fans, and it was great to have the Curb Records car once again up front and on the podium. I only wish we could have given Mike another dominating win like in Race 1 earlier this morning, but this P2 finish was a real team effort.”

A one-hour show with coverage of both of these races from COTA will be televised on Saturday, October 18, on Sinclair Broadcast Group’s American Sports Network (ASN). It will also be available via YouTube after the televised date.
[ht: Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team PR]

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