Las Vegas firefighter Andy Lewis to compete in

NHRA Pro Stock Bike category

 

            Las Vegas firefighter Andy Lewis competes in the Motorcycle class at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Jerry's Nugget Championship Drag Racing Series and is that division's current points leader.

Lewis spends most of his free time educating children on fire safety, life-saving measures and drug prevention.  Lewis and crew members Neal Carter and Bill Ramthun take the red, flamed Suzuki GSXR 750 to about 70 non-racing events a year.  Last Sunday, his F.I.R.E. drag bike rig was on display at Bob & Mike's Birthday Bash at Eldorado Park. 

            This fall, Lewis will step up to compete in the Pro Stock Bike category at two NHRA national events, including the ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals in October at The Strip.  Lewis recently purchased a Pro Stock Bike from former NHRA racer Ron Ayers and plans to compete in national events at Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif., this fall.

            "We put this (F.I.R.E.) bike together four years ago to help with public education on fire safety and other safety-related matters," Lewis said of the privately funded FIRE (Firefighters Involved in Racing for Education) Racing Team. "Over the years, it has grown and grown and grown. We're still going out and doing all the safety events, but we race it also.

            "At the end of last year, we had the opportunity to buy a Pro Stock Bike. It's being painted now and we're looking to compete in the October NHRA event out here, which will be our first national event."

            Lewis' drag racing team does not receive any public funding.  His activities on the track are fueled by donations and sponsorships.

            "There are no city tax dollars that go into this program at all. With our lack of sponsorship, it makes it real tough. All the crew members end up putting their own money into the program to keep it running."

            For more information on Andy and his team, visit www.firebike.com.