Laguna Seca: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Patterson leads Trueman Award session at Laguna Seca Scores P10 in final qualifying as Pew takes P11 (Monterey, CA) 16 May 08 - Mark Patterson led the Rumbum.com 250 Trueman Award Friday practice session with a fast lap time of 1.22.302 at ...

Patterson leads Trueman Award session at Laguna Seca
Scores P10 in final qualifying as Pew takes P11

(Monterey, CA) 16 May 08 - Mark Patterson led the Rumbum.com 250 Trueman Award Friday practice session with a fast lap time of 1.22.302 at Laguna Seca, and then stepped up to a 1:21.775-second lap in qualifying to take tenth on the grid for Saturday's race.

"This is perhaps the best-handling car we've ever had," enthused Patterson. "It's wonderfully balanced, corrects well, and really does everything you could ask of it. They were telling me John's (Pew) times over the radio, and he was doing a such a fantastic job, and that helped motivate me even more!"

John Pew had a similarly strong Friday as the Rumbum.com event marked one season of Daytona Prototype competition with Michael Shank Racing for Pew, who will start the two hour and forty-five minute sprint event from eleventh on the grid.

"The car was pretty good, particularly in the first segment before we went to yellow flag," said Pew, who was P6 after the first half of the session before a car went off and sent everyone back to the pits to wait to be dislodged form the gravel trap. "When they took the car out of the kitty litter, they left a lot right on the racing line, so it was pretty tough to get a good lap after that."

"It's amazing how much progress John has made since this race last year," said team owner Mike Shank. "Not just in sheer lap time, but also just his whole approach to the weekends. He didn't even get that much time in the car before qualifying, but he went out there and really peddaled the thing around here for a really solid time. And what can I say about Mark? It was another strong run from him in the Trueman session, and then he went out and went even faster, so we're really looking forward to trying some things out in practice tomorrow, and getting a good clean start at race time."

-credit: msk

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