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Lewis Wires Porsche GT3 Cup Field

Michael Lewis, center, was dominant in Sunday's Porsche GT-3 event. (IMSA photo)

Michael Lewis, center, was dominant in Sunday’s Porsche GT3 Cup event. (IMSA photo)

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Michael Lewis led from flag to flag of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race Sunday morning to earn his third Platinum Cup victory this season for Competition Motorsports.

Lewis started on pole in the No. 98 Competition/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and never faced a real challenge from second-place finisher Sloan Urry in the caution free race. The 23-year-old from Laguna Beach, Calif. returned to the top step of the podium for the first time since his sweep of Rounds 3 and 4 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA competition at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May.

“Having pole position for both of the races so far at Road America was very exciting,” Lewis said. “We finished second in Race 1, and we wanted redemption today. We got it, and we did it in style, checking out with a pretty big gap on the field.”

JDX Racing’s Sloan Urry drove a clean race, but lacked the speed to challenge Lewis for the lead.

“Race 2 at Road America went pretty well for us, but it definitely wasn’t perfect like yesterday when we won,” Urry said. “Michael Lewis ran a great race with the hammer down from the start. He got a good gap in the beginning, and then we were pretty much running identical lap times from there on out. Congrats to him on a great race.”

Door Doctor/Moorespeed driver Jesse Lazare started sixth in the Platinum class, and made several passes to finish third, collecting his third podium of the season.

“We had a great start, and had a nice outside pass right into the first corner,” Lazare said. “I saw my car was stable, and I was able to pick off one car at a time. I was really fast coming out of Turn 3 and getting great passes in Turn 5. Halfway through the race I had (Angel) Benitez, Jr. behind me, and I just didn’t make mistakes. I kept looking forward, and before I knew it the race was over.”

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum championship leader Colin Thompson started Round 12 at Road America third, but fell back to finish eighth after several on-track incidents that subsequently resulted in spins. Angel Benitez, Jr. started the race second in championship points, and climbed from his ninth-place starting position to fourth in class during the race.

“Having pole position for both of the races so far at Road America was very exciting,” Lewis said.

“We finished second in Race 1, and we wanted redemption. We got it, and we did it in style checking out with a pretty big gap on the field. I put my head down and tried to run every single lap like it was a qualifying lap.”

 

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