Michael Shank Racing signs sponsor for Homestead

Michael Shank Racing will fly the colors of Miami-based Clear Channel Communications radio station 94.9 ZETA for the Miami 250 Rolex Sports Car Series event on September 10-12 at the new Homestead Miami Speedway. The partnership will see the 94.9...

Michael Shank Racing will fly the colors of Miami-based Clear Channel Communications radio station 94.9 ZETA for the Miami 250 Rolex Sports Car Series event on September 10-12 at the new Homestead Miami Speedway. The partnership will see the 94.9 ZETA FM #6 Lexus-Doran utilized in a number of promotional activities in advance of the race weekend, as well as a race day 'meet and greet' with the team and drivers Oswaldo Negri Jr, and Burt Frisselle.

The small team, hot off a season-best second place finish at Watkins Glen in August, is looking forward to returning to the Homestead complex, which hosted round two of the Rolex Sports Car Series, and saw the Negri Jr. and Frisselle pairing score a podium finish with third place in just their first outing with MSR.

"We are excited about the opportunity that this partnership creates for both parties," team owner Mike Shank said. "After the strong finish we had at the Glen, we were that much more devoted to getting the chance to race again and go for the podium again at Homestead, so we can't wait to make the most of this opportunity."

Despite a series of bad-luck finishes in the middle rounds of the season, the MSR squad has managed to fight its way to fourth in the team championship, and is now just five points from third, and thirty-nine points from the powerhouse Ganassi squad in first.

Michael Shank Racing was formed in 1989 when Michael Shank first began driving racing cars professionally, taking the award as SCCA-Ohio Valley Region's Novice Driver of the Year. Shank retired from the cockpit in 1997 after moving up the motorsports ladder to focus his efforts on running the team, which quickly found success in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, with several race wins leading Shank to be named as Team Owner of the Year twice in four years. MSR has campaigned drivers including Johnny Rutherford Jr., Kenny Wilden, and 2001 and 2002 Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish, Jr.

MSR is making the transition to the Rolex Series from open-wheel competition for the 2004 season in the Rolex Sports Car Series, campaigning a Lexus-powered Doran JE4.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Michael Shank , Johnny Rutherford , Sam Hornis
Teams Michael Shank Racing