Michael Lewis' plans for the 2013 race season have been confirmed as Berlin-based Team kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport announced that he would fill the last of the team's four Dallara-Mercedes seats for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
The American's first event for the team will be this weekend, April 12-14, at Silverstone. This will be the second event weekend of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season, with Michael competing in races four, five and six.
"We are happy to have Michael aboard now. He has got the potential to fight about podium placings and win races," said team principal Peter Mucke, who now has a promising replacement for Pascal Wehrlein, who switched to the DTM as the youngest DTM driver for the Mercedes-Team Mucke Motorsport. Wehrlein was on the podium three times (first, second and third position) at the European F3 season opener in Monza at the end of March.
"I am sure Michael can accomplish similar positions as well, because he already took part in the Formula 3 Euro Series and the European Championship last year," Mucke added.
"It is a great honor to be with kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport," said 22-year-old Lewis, a native of Laguna Beach, Calif.,who resides in Baveno, Italy. "There is a history of success that Peter Mucke and his team have built, so it gives me great confidence to know I am driving for a very established team. My goal is to go out and win races. With the strong support of kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport, this goal can be achieved."
Lewis competed in the Formula 3 Euro Series Championship last year earning one win and seven podium appearances. He previously competed in the Italian Formula 3 Championship where he finished as series runner-up and earned Rookie Championship honors in 2011. Michael had a strong career in Formula BMW as well, earning Rookie Champion in the 2009 Americas championship, and in 2010, scoring podiums in Asia and running strong in Europe. Previously a champion in karting in the U.S., Lewis moved on to European karting and has since earned victories and championships in Focus Midgets, touring cars, quarter-midgets, and stock cars.
"It is exciting to finally get back in the car for the second round at Silverstone and start scoring some points," Michael added. "I am ready to give all of my effort for the next event, and I would like to thank kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport and Mercedes-Benz for this opportunity."
All FIA Formula 3 European Championship races will be broadcast live this season at http://www.fiaf3europe.com/livestream.html. Just visit the website 10 minutes prior to the start of each race, then click on "Livestream" to watch each event.
2013 Formula 3 European Championship
March 23-24 Monza, Italy
April 13-14 Silverstone, England
May 4-5 Hockenheim, Germany
May 18-19 Brands Hatch, England
June 1-2 Red Bull Ring, Austria
July 13-14 Norisring, Germany
August 17-18 Nürburgring, Germany
September 28-29 Zandvoort, The Netherlands
October 19-20 Hockenheim, Germany
October 26-27 Paul Ricard, France