Daytona II: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

(Daytona Beach, FL) 4 July 2009-Mark Patterson will line the No. 60 Sean John Fragrances/Lab Series For Men Ford-Riley alongside NASCAR star Kyle Busch at the start of Saturday afternoon's Brumos 250 after posting a fast lap time of...

(Daytona Beach, FL) 4 July 2009-Mark Patterson will line the No. 60 Sean John Fragrances/Lab Series For Men Ford-Riley alongside NASCAR star Kyle Busch at the start of Saturday afternoon's Brumos 250 after posting a fast lap time of 1:44.376-seconds at Daytona International Speedway.

The sixth-row starting spot wasn't fully what Patterson had been looking for in the 15-minute qualifying session, as he had hoped to extend his streak of top-ten qualifying performances at the track. But Patterson has a lot of starts at the "World Center of Racing" under his racing belts, and knows that with a full field of Daytona Prototype and GT-class traffic, that what really matters is what happens once the green flag falls.

"The car was really quick right off of the trailer, but in qualifying we had a mid-corner push so that hurt us a little bit," said Patterson. "The car is much, much calmer than it's been. I think we still have a little bit of work to do in terms of overall grip, but this should be a good car in the race. Hopefully John will be there with us at the start."

That green flag moment is one that the team is currently racing towards, as the sister No. 6 Ford-Riley of John Pew and Michael Valiante suffered a setback when Pew had an off-course excursion that caused damage to the front of the machine, which had topped the morning timesheets. The incident poses a challenge on an event schedule that features practice, qualifying and race all in the same day. But despite the hit, the team is allocating all the resources possible to having the car prepared to go for Saturday's 2:00 PM green flag.

"The day was going just as we planned," said Shank. "But we're just going to have to rally to get this car ready to go for the race. It's incredibly hot here and some really tough conditions to be working in, but all the guys are busting to get it done. Hopefully we can finish it in time."

While he was frustrated by the incident, Pew thankfully didn't suffer from the incident and will be ready to go should the car be repaired in time.

Saturdays race will be broadcast LIVE on Speed starting at 2:00 PM.

-credit: msr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Valiante , John Pew , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing