Velox Motorsport, with drivers Jerry Vento and Shane Lewis, have announced they will compete in the ALMS GTC class for a full season in 2010. The Tequila Patron-backed Velox Motorsport entry successfully debuted the No. 88 Porsche 997 in the last season's ALMS Mid-Ohio event and the Laguna Seca finale.
The duo will kick off the season with the 58th Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring, in which veteran Lewis makes his return after several years, and Vento will compete in his first 12-hour endurance race. Lewis and crew chief Jeff Bye at Velox Motorsports have worked extensively together throughout the off season, developing a team that will give them the competitive advantage necessary to have a successful 2010 season.
“The 12 Hours of Sebring has always been very special to me," said Lewis. "From a competitive standpoint you are racing with some of the greatest drivers all over the world, driving flat-out on a track that is as tough on cars as it is on drivers. This place and this race really make you push the limits. But mostly, Sebring has the most loyal fans I have ever seen. I can't wait to take the green flag just for them, and if all goes well, finish on the top step of the podium while saluting the fans and my team. This event brings back a lot of memories for me, and I am excited to be apart of it again with Jerry and Velox Motorsport.”
Vento, founder of Velox Motorsport, has been competing in historic sports car racing for a number of years as well as selected events in the Patron GT3 Cup in 2009.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to compete in the 2010 season, in one of the toughest classes in ALMS, “ said Vento. “Our team is very dedicated and determined to give us the competitive edge necessary to have a successful year.”
Velox Motorsport will roll out the No. 88 Tequila Patron Porsche 997 for the first time Feb. 22-23 at the annual American Le Mans Series Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway.