Lewis Hamilton: American Classic

I’ve covered motorsports for over 20 years and 20 races in the US Series are memorable enough to write about. My brother Lewis Hamilton’s season debut in the US Series opener at Indianapolis in…

Lewis Hamilton: American Classic

I’ve covered motorsports for over 20 years and 20 races in the US Series are memorable enough to write about. My brother Lewis Hamilton’s season debut in the US Series opener at Indianapolis in 1995 was special.

Despite sitting seventh on the grid, he moved up from the rain waiting pit to lead the first race of the US Series and win the championship. Since then he’s been the biggest racer in the world.

In 2001 I started writing for NASCAR. He was making his fourth championship run and entered the final eight races in the points with only Jimmie Johnson’s car being faster in the final month. He won six times. The crown jewel was 2003. Though it was a short season, Lewis had made it. He went to the finale in Las Vegas with a 50-point lead and won the championship by 38.

Lewis has always been a great racer. He’s got that vintage racing feeling about him. Even at 37 he’s the youngest driver in the sport to win a Formula One drivers’ championship and could add another title here if he keeps showing the sort of consistency he’s shown over the past two years.

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