Birmingham: Michael Shank Racing race report

Barber podium lifts Michael Shank Racing into championship top ten (Columbus, OH) 5 August 05---Michael Shank Racing scored their second podium of the season as Kenny Wilden and Mike Borkoski raced to a third place finish at Barber Motorsports...

Barber podium lifts Michael Shank Racing into championship top ten

(Columbus, OH) 5 August 05---Michael Shank Racing scored their second podium of the season as Kenny Wilden and Mike Borkoski raced to a third place finish at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend in the Porsche 250 presented by Bradly Arant and moved the team up into the top ten in the Rolex Sports Car Series team championship standings. The Mears Motor Coach Machine was also on the podium earlier this season with drivers Mike Borkowski and Paul Mears taking third at California Speedway in the closest race finish in Rolex history.

Michael Shank Racing scored sixth in the team championship last season, and has continued to be competitive this season despite the explosive growth of the category.

"As competitive as it was last year, it's twice as hard this season," said team owner Mike Shank. "With teams really getting the most out of their packages from an engineering standpoint, and with more and more talented drivers racing in the series every race, we have to be on the sharp end of our game every weekend to be in the hunt, and we feel like we've shown that we can do that consistently."

The team, which has suffered from some bad luck not of their making this season, including a 22nd place finish in the season-opening Rolex 24 after a motor problem, has been competitive week in and week out and is looking to continue the positive momentum from Barber through the end of the season.

"Obviously with some of the tough finishes we have had where we didn't really score any points, we would love to be further up the order, but its good to get back into the top ten, and there is a lot of racing yet to go, so hopefully we can have a strong second half of the season," said Shank. "We're really excited about the team's future in the Rolex Series, and of course are looking forward to racing as a two-car entry for some of the races, because we showed in Laguna that we can expand and be very competitive."

The Mears Motor Coach machine will be back in action next week for the CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen International August 11-12.

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