Big time racer and Monster Energy Athlete Cory Lewis visited Greensboro’s World of Beer recently to promote the Michelin GT Challenge IMSA WeatherTech Sports- Car Championship event coming up Aug. 26-28 at Virginia International Raceway.

Lewis began racing at the young age of eight in go-carts.

“Growing up, my brother was good friends with Marco Andretti. Me being the younger brother…I always wanted to hang out with the older kids so we went to one of Marco’s go-cart races when Marco was first getting involved with racing. I took a huge liking to the racing world in general.

“Ever since then, little by little every year, I worked my way up the ladder system. Now this year we are in the highest form of sports car racing in the U.S.A.”

Now having raced professionally for four years, Lewis finds the greatest rewards to be in victory and the fans.

“Winning is everything,” he said. “We love to win. To be honest, I love interacting with the fans. I kind of put myself in their shoes because I was there at one point, always looking up to the driver in a cool car…and just to take a picture with the fans, the little kids, giving an autograph, just makes me feel that much better because I know how much that means to them because I was once there.”

The greatest challenge of his career is in the competition.

“You make a small slip up, you lose four or five positions on the racetrack. It’s the most challenging, but again, it is rewarding when you beat some of the best guys in the world.”

Lewis has faced both national and international challenges. Last year, his team won the U.S. championship and world championship.

“It’s a moment in my career I know I will never forget.”

He is grateful for the team’s many sponsors, such as Monster Energy Drink and Microsoft Windows “Without the support of our sponsors, none of this would be possible. It really comes down to everyone on the team that works so hard. We want to win for them as well.” !

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