Velox Motorsport along with Principal Driver Jerry Vento and Shane Lewis, have announced they will compete in the ALMS GTC Class for a full season in 2010. The Tequila Patron, Velox Motorsport entry, successfully debuted the No. 88 Porsche 997 in the last seasons ALMS Mid-Ohio event and continued their success at the Laguna Seca finale.
Shane and Jerry will kick off the season with the 58th Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring, in which Lewis makes his return after several years, and Vento will compete in his first 12 hour endurance race. Lewis, a veteran of world class endurance racing, will mark his eighth start in this historic event bringing years of racing experience and knowledge to Velox Motorsport. Lewis and crew chief Jeff Bye at Velox Motorsports have worked extensively together throughout the off season, developing a team that will give them the competitive advantage necessary to have a successful 2010 season.
Lewis looks forward to his return to the ALMS series especially the 12 Hours of Sebring, being one of his favorite events. “The 12 Hours of Sebring has always been very special to me. From a competitive standpoint you are racing with some of the greatest drivers all over the world, driving flat out on a track that is as tough on cars as it is on drivers. This place and this race really makes you push the limits. But mostly, Sebring has the most loyal fans I have ever seen, especially the Turn 10 "Go Shane Go" fans. I can’t wait to take the green flag just for them, and if all goes well, finish on the top step of the podium while saluting the fans and my team. This event brings back a lot of memories for me, and I am excited to be apart of it again with Jerry and Velox Motorsport.”
Vento, founder of Velox Motorsport has been competing in historic sportscar racing for a number of years as well as selected events in the Patron GT3 Cup in 2009. Once he got a taste of running competitively with Lewis at the ALMS level, he couldn’t fight the rush of adrenaline and competition, leading the team into one of the most competitive classes in the ALMS Series. “I am excited to have the opportunity to compete in the 2010 season, in one of the toughest classes in ALMS, “ said Vento. “Our team is very dedicated and determined to give us the competitive edge necessary to have a successful year.”
Velox Motorsport will roll out the No. 88 Tequila Patron sponsored Porsche 997 for the first time February 22-23 at the annual American Le Mans Series Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway.
The American Le Mans Series will open its 12th season with America’s greatest sports car race, the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida from March 17-20. The green flag will fall at 10:35 a.m. on Saturday, March 20 with live coverage on SPEED. For ticket and accommodation information, see sebringraceway.com. The annual American Le Mans Series Winter Test is scheduled for February 22-23, also at Sebring International Raceway.
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