Shane Lewis Targets Indianapolis 500 Sports car racing veteran Shane Lewis will attempt to qualify for this year’s Indianapolis 500, piloting an IRL IndyCar Series entry for Michael Crawford Motorsports. The native of Lancaster, California made his Indy Pro Series debut at Homestead-Miami last weekend for the team, showing instant speed on the oval.
Lewis will now test the Michael Crawford Motorsports IndyCar Series machine in April to earn his IndyCar Series driver license. Once that milestone is met, Lewis will move- on to the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he will, for the first time, strap-in and lap the 2.5-mile oval as part of the Rookie Orientation Program just days before official practice opens for all at the Speedway. Once cleared through ROP, Lewis will begin the month-long process of filling one of the 33 positions on the grid for the 500, the final mile marker on the “Road to Indy” and on the way to making his dream of being an Indy 500 starter come true.
“The guys at Michael Crawford Motorsports were great to work with,” Lewis said. “We each have a goal and we are doing our best to join together to reach that goal this May. Michael and his entire team are focused on that, the same way I am. They have gone above and beyond in so many ways. It is a pleasure and an honor to get to work with this team.”
“Shane single- handedly elevated our program,” said Team Owner Michael Crawford. “His character, his ability, his insight all contributed to a successful weekend. We’ve worked with some really good drivers over the course of the last two seasons but Shane’s feedback is phenomenal.”
“The bottom-line is, looking at our goals from when we began our relationship, we more than achieved them in preparing both the team and Shane for the Indianapolis 500,” he added. “Hopefully, we can gather-up the resources for the Indianapolis 500. I know that we can put Shane Lewis into the show.”
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