Homestead: Oswaldo Negri preview

Negri sets his sights on Homestead Daytona Prototypes' fastest man hungry for Homestead podium once again (Miami, FL) 25 March 08 --Who was it that said they spent a lifetime preparing to be an overnight success? Miami's Oswaldo Negri could...

Negri sets his sights on Homestead
Daytona Prototypes' fastest man hungry for Homestead podium once again

(Miami, FL) 25 March 08 --Who was it that said they spent a lifetime preparing to be an overnight success?

Miami's Oswaldo Negri could well identify with that sentiment as he looks ahead to the GAINSCO Grand Prix this weekend at the Homestead Miami Speedway with the affable Brazilian poised to break through for another strong result this weekend with co-driver Mark Patterson.

Negri, who took the pole position for January's Rolex 24 At Daytona by setting a new track record at Daytona International Speedway, the Rolex Series' fastest track, will look to keep that speed up as he gears up with Michael Shank Racing for round two of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season. The organization continues to show great pace, leading the timesheets during two days of testing at Homestead in late February.

"The atmosphere at Michael Shank Racing is fantastic," said Negri. "We've been working so hard all this time, but with this Roush-Yates Ford power, the new Riley bodywork, and the Pirelli tire, we are really seeing the results on the time sheets from all this work through the years. The team is doing the same long days and nights that they were before, but with this package, that hard work is really starting to show now."

But after the Rolex 24 pole position didn't convert into a victory in one of racing's most demanding events, Negri is looking to develop some championship momentum starting this Saturday at his home track as the Rolex Series kicks off a run of four critical "sprint events," each lasting nearly three hours. If he makes it to the podium at Homestead this weekend, he'll not have any trouble finding his way, having scored a strong third place finish at the track in his first Rolex race with Michael Shank Racing in 2004.

Negri, who has shaken off bad luck and bad breaks in his career before, is happy that the pieces seem to be in place as he enters his fifth season of being associated with Michael Shank Racing. He is eager to make the most out of the stability that the team has been able to provide while he relishes racing with a great friend and co-driver in Mark Patterson.

"Now of course we have to see some actual results here in the sprint races," said Negri. "The pole is great, but that race didn't end up at all the way we wanted. We only wanted to lead one lap-the last one. We led a lot of laps there but not the right one!"

-credit: msr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing