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Lewis Hoping to Draw From Past Success at VIR

Corey Lewis aims to draw on past VIR success in Lamborghini Super Trofeo title fight…

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Change Racing driver Corey Lewis says history has him confident heading into this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America round at Virginia International Raceway.

Lewis is a multiple-race winner at the circuit including a sweep of three Super Trofeo races at the track in 2015 and a class win in last year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship stop at VIR.

With the championship now in a dead heat after leaving Road America, Lewis and his co-driver Madison Snow are hopeful to kickstart their title pursuit on friendly turf.

“Going into VIR, I absolutely love the track,” Lewis told Sportscar365. “It’s one of my favorite ones that we go to on the whole schedule.

“I’ve had really good success here, last year we picked up the [WeatherTech Championship] GTD class win, and thinking back to 2015 when we had three races there, we won every race.

“The history here for myself has been very good at VIR, it’s been great for the fans, and I always have a great time.

“On the racing side, we’ll try to replicated that as much as we possibly can from our past success, keep our head down, and Madison and I are looking forward to getting to work.”

Lewis and Snow jumped out out to a quick lead in the Super Trofeo championship with a pair of wins in the season-opener at Mid-Ohio in May, but the ensuing races at Watkins Glen and Road America have seen The US RaceTronics duo of Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto pull even in the standings.

Despite the pressure from Piscopo and Proto, Lewis said he spends little time looking over his shoulder.

“You happen to look every now and then at overall lap times and whatnot, but we’re really focussed in on our own program,” he said. “I don’t necessarily pay attention to anyone else.

“When it comes down to the race anything can happen and you just need to try to minimize mistakes as much as possible and just race our own race.

“To be honest, it’s really quite simple. It’s [a case of] getting as many points as you possibly can and our main objective is to stay ahead of the 50 car that we’re battling for the championship.

“[We need to] just stay out of our own way, don’t make mistakes, no damage, and realistically just gain as many points as we possibly can.”

Lewis added that his close relationship with Snow, and their remarkable similarities behind the wheel, have made them a strong pairing this year.

“We’re always on the same page,” said Lewis. “Our driving styles are nearly identical and our feedback is nearly the same.

“Looking at the data, sometimes we don’t know who’s driving what lap. It’s literally down to a little bit different brake pressures, a little bit different brake pressure technique. That’s how we distinguish that it’s Madison or that it’s me.

“We get along extremely well on and off the track and it makes it that much easier for our engineer to hone in and tune the car. Having Madison as a co-driver has been great all year.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and we have a blast doing it.”

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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