Building on the solid foundation that Strategic Wealth Racing has opened the season with, the team will have a new look next weekend as the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge visits Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for round three of the 2015 championship.
Young American rising star Corey Lewis has been drafted into the driving line up to co-drive the No. 36 Strategic Wealth Racing Porsche Cayman with series rookie Matt Dicken, starting with next weekend’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival.
Lewis already had a working relationship with Dicken, having been engaged by the team as a driver coach. But beyond his talents analyzing data and helping other drivers unlock speed, Lewis is also set to contribute to the Strategic Wealth Racing program from behind the wheel as he brings a winning pedigree with the Porsche Cayman.
He kissed the bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a victory on board a Porsche Cayman in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competition.
“Coaching is really a big part of what I do, so to earn this opportunity thanks to the work I’ve done as a coach is really exciting for me,” said Lewis. “I cannot wait for the weekend to team up with Matt [Dicken].
“We worked well together at Sebring and Matt really soaked everything up like a sponge. I know this car pretty well and I know the Strategic Wealth Racing guys have Goldcrest Motorsports behind them so I’m optimistic about getting a good start next weekend.”
Dicken is making his rookie campaign in the IMSA ranks, but he already has several seasons of experience behind the wheel of the Porsche Cayman and he’s looking forward to this next chapter in his career with a new co-driver.
“Corey and I just clicked and I’m very excited about him joining the team,” said Dicken. “John [Lewis] was a big part of getting us to this point and I’m grateful for his guidance, we had a lot of great races together.
“Corey worked well with us at Sebring and we made the decision to update the line up and hopefully we will be able to continue to develop and improve as a team.”
The fabled Monterey race is one that Dicken has long been looking forward to. While he has some experience on the track, the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival race weekend will be his first time to lap the circuit aboard the Porsche Cayman.
“I ran there several years ago in a Skip Barber car, and then tested there more recently with a Mazda MX-5,” said Dicken. “It was a great way to get a feel for the track again. But I’m really looking forward to getting out there in our Cayman.
“I think the car will be strong under braking and has a good balance. That will be key to good lap times, especially the kind of roller coaster run that you do all the way down the hill from the corkscrew!”
This weekend will be a busy one for Lewis, who is also slated for action in the Lamborghini Trofeo series.
“I’ve had weekends like this before where I was going from one car to the other, and it really doesn’t take long to get comfortable in whatever I am driving,” said Lewis.
“The schedule is a busy one, but it has good gaps for me to be working with the team and also behind the wheel so I’m very much looking forward to getting out there and getting going!”