Watkins Glen International
Michael Shank Racing Ready for Watkins Glen 6 Hour
Watkins Glen, N.Y. – Just days after Michael Shank Racing scored a podium finish when John Pew and Ozz Negri persevered through sweltering conditions at Lime Rock Park to drive the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford-Riley to second at the Connecticut track, the team returns to race action at Watkins Glen International this weekend as the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve travels to the historic New York road course for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
The race marks the half-way point of the Rolex Series championship season and Michael Shank Racing intends to build upon their success at Lime Rock Park to carry that positive momentum into Saturday’s six-hour event.
“John and Ozz drove an outstanding race at Lime Rock and it was great to be back on the podium,” said team owner Mike Shank. “We really felt like we could have won that race if there had been another caution, but to finish second was still our best result of the season so far, and hopefully we can be back up on the podium again this weekend.”
Michael Shank Racing brings positive energy this weekend as the team looks for redemption following last year’s Sahlen’s Six Hour race. Although the No. 60 of Pew and Negri endured the second longest race of the year to take a top-10 result with an eighth place finish, the weekend was overshadowed by a frightening fire in the final stages of the race which left the sister Michael Shank Racing No. 6 Daytona Prototype destroyed. Although the car was lost, the Michael Shank Racing team rebounded in a resilient effort to solidly finish out the season.
“We had a tough race at the Glen last time, but hopefully we’ll have a little bit of luck on our side this year,” said Shank. “We’re ready to go and pick up right where we left off at Lime Rock--we have a quick car and a great driver line-up.”
Pew and Negri return to Watkins Glen having had success at the New York road course, but despite several valiant drives, have yet to claim a podium in the prestigious six-hour event. Michael Shank Racing came just shy of earning a pair of podium finishes two years ago when the No. 6 and No. 60 Daytona Prototypes finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and the duo hopes to turn that around this year with another run to the front this weekend.