NÜRBURGRING, GERMANY - June 16, 2011 - Shane Lewis has done something few American race drivers have ever even attempted; he won the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. In 2010, the Jupiter, FL-resident captured the "Super Production" class of the world's most demanding endurance race and returns to Nürburg, Germany June 25-26 to defend his title driving the No. 73 Götz Motorsports Audi RS-4. He'll share the heavily modified, road car-based, twin-turbo Audi V8 in the 39th Running of the Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring with Vic Rice (San Rafael, CA) as well as Germans Axle Duffner and Christian Kolhaus. 2011 marks Lewis's fourth career 24 Hours of Nürburgring start.
While the 24 hour race format is widely respected as the endurance race standard, the scope of Nürburgring is what has made it a legendary event since its inception in 1970. The overwhelming size of every aspect associated with the event makes winning the race a lifetime achievement. Up to 250 cars will be entered for over 750 drivers across five major classes creating the largest sports car grid in motorsports. Over 300,000 spectators will pack nearly every foot of the 15.753-mile (25.359 km) long course's 73-turns. The Nordschleife, translated to English as the "North Swipe", is one the longest, closed-circuit race courses in the world. The "Green Hell" truly earns its nickname as it passes through the beautiful, German countryside while putting the drivers through interminable stress. It is virtually impossible for a driver to memorize every turn of the "Green Hell" - so dubbed by Sir Jackie Stewart when Formula One still raced the full course - or every condition of the track which will rise-and-fall 1,500 feet in elevation over its length. This event has become an international proving ground for drivers, teams and auto manufacturers. One of the greatest racing challenges a driver can face, the iconic track separates pretenders from heroes. To win one's class, forever places a driver on a different level than those who have not.
This event marks Lewis's 30th career, 24 hour race start - his second of