The weekend will be a quick and busy one for MSR as practice and qualifying is set for Saturday ahead of Sunday’s 2.75-hour race which is set to begin at 2:00 PM local time.
Michael Shank Racing fought back from a crash early in the weekend with one car, led the race convincingly with the sister machine, and then went on to take a podium finish at the checkered flag.
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First practice for the GRAND-AM inaugural event at Kansas Speedway saw top teams lay down fast laps.
John Pew and Ozz Negri drove to a fifth place finish while Gustavo Yacaman and Justin Wilson teamed in the No. 6 Ford-Riley to take home sixth at the checkered flag.
No. 60 Ford-Riley Michael Shank Racing entry of John Pew and Ozz Negri will start from the sixth row.
The Ohio-based squad brings a new sponsor and a new driver line-up for the Brickyard Grand Prix event and with two strong race entries.
A momentary spin by the leading car forced Ozz Negri to go off course to avoid contact, ruining the race for Negri.
For the second consecutive race, John Pew was once again a powerhouse in qualifying.
The first thing that central Ohio race fans will notice about the venerable No. 60 Daytona Prototype from Michael Shank Racing is that it looks a lot different than it has in years past.
The team now looks forward to the home race and the Diamond Cellar Classic at Mid-Ohio in two weeks’ time.
Gustavo Yacaman and Antonio Pizzonia are in the #6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley, while John Pew has a new teammate in the #60 as Michael Valiante subs for Ozz Negri
The event will mark Michael Shank Racing’s 200th entry in Daytona Prototype competition.
Ozz Negri is still recovering from his leg injury he sustained during the off-season. MSR named Michael Valiante to contest the next two events in the Rolex Grand-Am series.
The two Ford-Rilley of Michael Shank Racing will start from the third and sixth rows of the grid at the GRAND-AM of the Americas.
Ozz Negri, John Pew, Gustavo Yacaman and Antonio Pizzonia ready for first Grand-Am event at the Austin circuit.
Columbian Gustavo Yacaman and Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia will drive the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley DPG3 in the remaining 11 events of the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Series.
The Automatic Racing team took 3 BMW's to Austin, Texas for anyone to test. Ozz Negri and John Pew, 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona winners, took them up on the offer.
Shank believes that an appeal would not change the outcome of the penalty on the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley. The infraction was based on how the motor was set up for the testing process. He hopes this process will be improved.
Michael Shank, owner of the No. 60 Ford Riley: We are as surprised about this as anyone.