Michael Lewis has four GT-3 SCCA national championships, all won in a second-generation-bodied RX-7 (the last in 1997). He long ago sold that car to concentrate on GT-1, where he has five titles. But when the opportunity arose for him to get back into a GT-3 RX-7 – in this case Mike Henderson’s third-generation car – he jumped at the chance.
“I certainly have a great love for GT-3, always did,” Lewis explains. “I had seen this car be developed, and be fast, and I know all the people involved; we kind of raced as quasi-teammates all these years. So when Mike decided this year he wanted to concentrate on the [GT-2] Viper, and it became available, I suddenly perked up and thought, ‘Hey, maybe there’s an opportunity here.’ He was very generous to make a deal that was doable for me to make it realistic, and I’ve just loved every minute of it.”