Birmingham: Michael Shank Racing Friday report

Michael Shank Racing quick in Friday practice (Birmingham, AL)- July 29-- Kenny Wilden and Mike Borkowski were back at work again today for Michael Shank Racing, practicing in the Mears Motor Coach Pontiac/Riley in advance of Sunday's Sunday's...

Michael Shank Racing quick in Friday practice

(Birmingham, AL)- July 29-- Kenny Wilden and Mike Borkowski were back at work again today for Michael Shank Racing, practicing in the Mears Motor Coach Pontiac/Riley in advance of Sunday's Sunday's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park, setting a fast time of 1:22.540-seconds on the 2.3-mile Alabama circuit. The time was over a second faster than the team's best from the Thursday test session, and was just over a half second off of the fastest time of the day.

"Not a bad day at all," smiled team owner Mike Shank. "We had a good start to the weekend yesterday with the test day, and just kept chipping away at it today. It's great to not be chasing huge chunks of time and to feel like we keep moving in the right direction. We had a good car right from the start of the weekend after testing here recently, so we've been able to just keep making small changes to the car and improving."

Kenny Wilden has returned to race with the team for the weekend to partner with Mike Borkowski, and the Canadian has been able to get comfortable on the track quickly despite not having driven a Daytona Prototype since he and Borkowski scored a fifth place finish at Laguna Seca in April.

"I still feel like there are some places where I can get the car a little bit faster, but I'll look at the data tonight and keep working on it tomorrow in the practice session," said Wilden, who scored second in the1999 Toyota Atlantic Championship with Michael Shank Racing. "I have a lot of experience racing with Mike and his guys and they always do a fantastic job, and working with Mike (Borkowski) has been really good because he has so much time in this car and knows how to get the most out of it, and fortunately we both like similar set-ups so we are working really well together."

Saturday will feature a one-hour practice session in advance of the brief fifteen-minute qualifying session that is slated to get started at 1:15 CST. The session will likely be even more important than most qualifying sessions due to the tight nature of the circuit, making a good starting position very important.

"We have already seen that traffic is going to be a big issue during the race," said Shank. "There's going to be no way to avoid it, but I think getting a good spot on the grid is going to be really important if we want to stay out of trouble and keep with the lead pack."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Borkowski , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing