Homestead: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Michael Shank Racing takes third on Grand Prix of Miami grid The little team that can matches best-ever Rolex qualifying position Homestead, FL (4 March 05)-- The Michael Shank Racing Riley-Pontiac will line up third on the grid for Saturday's...

Michael Shank Racing takes third on Grand Prix of Miami grid
The little team that can matches best-ever Rolex qualifying position

Homestead, FL (4 March 05)-- The Michael Shank Racing Riley-Pontiac will line up third on the grid for Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami after Mike Borkowski made the most of his only lap in qualifying to notch a lap around the Homestead Miami Speedway in just 1:15.635 seconds. The 3rd place result matches the teams best-ever qualifying result in Rolex competition.

Borkowski, who will partner with Paul Mears Jr. in the race on Saturday, knows that there was more speed in the car, but an early-session yellow flag meant that his second flying lap was cut short when he was required to return to the pits as safety crews worked to clear up the debris from a competitors car that had crashed during the session.

"I should be happy with third, but its a bit disappointing because we were gunning for the pole, and know we had the car to get it," said Borkowski. "We waited in the pits at the beginning of the session to find a gap in traffic, and that worked well to get me some space on the track, but unfortunately it also meant that we only got one real lap in because of the yellow flag, and it was basically just my out lap and the tires weren't really up to temperature, so it's a bit frustrating."

Even though he had hoped for more in the qualifying session, Borkowski is optimistic about the race on Saturday.

"The Michael Shank Racing guys have continued to do an excellent job this weekend as always, and the car is great, so we'll just try and stay out of trouble at the start and go from there tomorrow."

Team owner Mike Shank was also a bit philosophical about the result, and focused on the big picture with how far his Rolex program has continued to move forward.

"We just got a bit unlucky with the yellow flag coming out on Mike's first flying lap, but at least we are close to the front for the start, and hopefully we can convert this into a good result tomorrow," said Shank. "I think the fact that we are disappointed to have third on the grid shows how much we have improved as a team, and having Mears Motor Coach and our new team partners Graydon Elliot Capitol on board have helped us as we work to get even better."

The second race of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season will be broadcast live on Speed Channel beginning at 3:00 pm (EST) on Saturday, March 5th.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Borkowski , Paul Mears Jr. , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing