Press Release Formula 3 Italia
Prema Powerteam will welcome an American driver back in its lineup for the 2011 season, as 20-year-old Michael Lewis has became the first name in the team's roster for the upcoming Italian Formula 3 Championship. Lewis, from Laguna Beach, California, has already provided impressive performance in the first winter tests with the squad directed by Angelo Rosin at Franciacorta, Mugello, Barcelona and Valencia. In 2009, he entered the F.BMW Americas championship, ending up in 4th overall in the final standings and earning ther rookie championship title, while he proved a top-notch contender in the F.BMW Europe series last season. In the next few weeks, Lewis will continue in his familiarization process with the whole team, with the F.3 Dallara and with the Italian tracks of the 2011 schedule.
Angelo Rosin - Team Principal
"Once again, Prema will bring some more international flavor to the Italian F.3 Championship. We're proud to have an American racer choosing us for his next steps in motorsports. So far, Lewis showed an impressive car controlling ability while retaining huge room for further improvement. He rapidly adapted to the way we work, and he showed he learns really quickly. I think he'll be running among the leading pack of the series easily.”
“I am very excited to be driving for PREMA this season in the Italian Formula 3 championship. We have been working very well together in pre-season testing, and as a result everything fits naturally. PREMA has given me a great opportunity, and I look forward to a great season working together."