Birmingham: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Michael Shank Racing quick in qualifying at Barber (Leeds, AL) 21 July 2007--Michael Shank Racing will start from the fifth and seventh rows in Sunday's Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park for round ten of the 2007 Rolex Sports Car ...

Michael Shank Racing quick in qualifying at Barber

(Leeds, AL) 21 July 2007--Michael Shank Racing will start from the fifth and seventh rows in Sunday's Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park for round ten of the 2007 Rolex Sports Car Series Season.

Mark Patterson scored eleventh on the grid with a 1:24.129-second lap with the No. 60 Lexus-Riley entry he shares with Oswalod Negri, as John Pew will line up fourteenth in the Playboy-livered Lexus-Riley he will co-drive with Ian James on Sunday afternoon.

"It's good to have an inside spot for the start," said Patterson. "We got unlucky at the green flag in Iowa, but were able to recover well before handing over to Oz. I think we can race well tomorrow from where we are on the grid. This is a really busy track for the drivers, but we will see what kind of race develops without having the GT traffic like we did last year."

The Barber weekend is not the first visit to the 2.3-mile track for John Pew, but he is working on adapting to his new ride this weekend. Pew noted that he "...needed to step it up a bit in qualifying..." before qualifying started, and did just that by posting his fastest lap of the weekend during the fifteen minute session.

"Last time I was here, I was in a formula car with about 400 fewer horsepower, so I am still working on adjusting to the best way to get a fast lap here with the Playboy car," said Pew. "Even though I feel like I've been playing a little bit of catch-up, it's been getting better every time I've gone out so hopefully we can get a good start and keep making progress here."

The two and a half hour Sunday afternoon race marks the third consecutive weekend that Michael Shank Racing has done battle in Rolex competition, and the team is ready to go, looking forward to extending a string of strong finishes from both team entries.

"This should be a much different race than it was last year since we won't have the GT cars with us," said team owner Mike Shank. "Hopefully, the timing works out for us if we get a yellow. But know we made up a ton of ground here last year during the race with both cars, so hopefully we'll put ourselves in a good position at the finish no matter how the race plays out."

The 3:00 PM EST race start on Sunday will be shown LIVE on Speed

-credit: msr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ian James , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing