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Corey takes first test drive of Praga R1 in the US

On September 11, 2012, Corey took the Praga R1 on its first drive in the US, according to the Monticello Motor Club. As the description to the video reads, “Driver Corey Lewis takes a ride in the first Praga R1 sports car in the US around Monticello Motor Club’s full course. Footage shot with GoPro Hero 3 Black.”

NARRA on Radical Cup at Autobahn

It was a single race, his first race in the Radical Cup series, but his performance was dominating and finish frustrating.

The  North American Road Racing Association press release said it well:

Having never seen the Autobahn circuit until he rolled out of pitlane, Lewis had perhaps been passed off as outside chance by SR8 Championship points leader Gerhard Watzinger and rival Jim Booth. However, after eight laps of practice Lewis confirmed it was them who might not stand a chance, lapping nearly two and a half seconds quicker.

It went on to say:

In the race Lewis’s superior pace- which scored him a bonus point for the fastest SR8 lap- allowed him to stretch out an impressive lead. That was until the final lap when wisps of smoke left him no choice but to pit to protect car owner Ari Straus’s machinery.

The heartache was evident and while it cost him the outright and SR8 class win, no one could deny his dominant debut performance.

In racing, mechanical issues happen, but it sure can be frustrating…we sure hope Corey will get some more opportunities in this series as he surely has command of the car, even if he is unfamiliar with the track.

Radical Cup USA at Autobahn

After the Continental Tire Race at Indianapolis Corey headed to Autobahn Country Club to compete in the Radical Cup USA series event.

Driving the yellow Monticello Motor Club #36 (#136) Corey started P1.

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According to Monticello Motor Club‘s President, CEO, & Partner Ari Straus, “Corey turned the fastest lap of the race, started P1, and led until the last lap. Some gear oil issue forced Corey to come in with a minute to go but it was great seeing the yellow mmc car out there with other great Radical Cup racers.”

 

Brickyard Sports Car Challenge Race

The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge Race for the Continental Tire Series went green at 2:00 pm EST on Friday and Corey was in the #171 APR Motorsports car driving with Ian Baas.

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In the opening laps Corey got shuffled back a few spots, but began reclaiming them and by lap 15 he was P12, but mechanical gremlins caught up and a short two laps later he had to pull the car in and it soon became apparent the they were done for the day.

In the Street Tuner class, BMW swept the podium with the Burton Racing’s #23 taking top honors.

Brickyard Sports Car Challenge Qualifying

On Friday, July 26 at 2:00 p.m. Corey will compete in the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge – view live scoring and timing here.

Corey is driving with Ian Baas in the Street Tuner Class  #171 APR Motorsports Volkswagon Jetta sponsored by APR Tuned, Motul and Rays Wheels.

The #171 qualified 11th 0.4 tenths of a second behind  the APR #181 which was 5th.

CJ Wilson Racing took the top two spots with the #3 of McCumbee and McQuarrie taking top spot.

The race will be broadcast on August 3, at 4:00 PM ET on SPEED TV.