Erik Petersen has joined Michael Shank Racing as Team Coordinator
(Columbus, OH) 23 January 07--Erik Petersen of Columbus has joined Michael Shank Racing as Team Coordinator. Petersen will be actively involved with all aspects of Michael Shank Racing's daily and race-weekend operations and will also serve as assistant engineer on the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus/Riley.
Petersen's wide scope of capabilities will allow team owner Mike Shank to focus more time on the long-term growth of the Columbus, Ohio-based team, which recently moved into a 20,000-square foot shop in December.
Before entering the motorsports arena, Petersen had a racing career of his own as a professional road-racing bicyclist, putting his passion to the pedals for six years.
"It was something that I was totally dedicated to and I was lucky to have a family that was supportive of me following my dream," said Petersen. "I had to take the chance when I did, because of course you have a narrow window in your lifetime to make it in that sport. It was a fantastic experience and even though I didn't get to be as famous as Lance or anything, I am glad I took the chance when I did!"
After moving on from cycling, Petersen soon found himself in another sport that required preparation, dedication, and commitment, spending three years with Rahal/Letterman Racing in the IndyCar ranks. In addition to his work as an assistant engineer and shock specialist, Petersen served duty on race days as Danica Patrick's spotter.
"I am really excited to be working with Mike and his team," said Petersen. "Mike (Shank) has an excellent reputation in the industry and after working here for a few months and getting to know everyone, I can see that reputation is spot on. There are a lot of good people on this race team and I'm just excited to be a part of it."
Michael Shank Racing will race this weekend in the 45th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona with a strong two-car entry. The team finished second overall in the event in 2006 before taking a win in the final race of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season.
The race will open up on the Fox Channel and move to the Speed Channel after the first 90 minutes.