FAMILIAR FACE RE-JOINS LEXUS CAMPAIGN AT MID-OHIO TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2005) -- After a successful sixth-place debut campaign in 2004, Michael Shank Racing (MSR) will return to the Lexus camp this weekend for Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic...
FAMILIAR FACE RE-JOINS LEXUS CAMPAIGN AT MID-OHIO
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2005) -- After a successful sixth-place debut campaign in 2004, Michael Shank Racing (MSR) will return to the Lexus camp this weekend for Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Beginning at Mid-Ohio, the team will field a Lexus-powered Riley for Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson for four of the final five races of the season. The duo made one start in the car earlier this year with Negri winning the pole position at Laguna Seca on the way to an eventual ninth-place finish.
The new Shank entry will join with the two Chip Ganassi Racing cars for a total of three Lexus entries in this weekend's event.
Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz will once again team in the #01 CompUSA Lexus Riley. The duo has registered both of Lexus 2005 race wins. They will look to improve upon their current second-place standing in the points race this weekend. After a fourth-place finish at Watkins Glen, the pair has earned two wins and seven top-five finishes in the first nine events of the season.
Pruett and Diaz will be joined by their Ganassi Racing teammates Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner in the #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley.
Johansson and Wagner are currently fifth overall in points heading into Mid-Ohio. They combined for a season-best second at Mont-Tremblant -- one of their seven top-10 finishes on the season.
Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes have won seven races and registered 14 pole positions in 21 Rolex Series events to date.
Qualifying for the EMCO Gears Classic 200 is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26, 4:30 p.m. EDT. Saturday's twi-light start will get the green flag at 5:30 p.m. with SPEED providing next-day coverage beginning at 12 noon Sunday. The Rolex Sports Car Series event is planned for 250 miles or 111 laps on the 2.4-mile road course with a time limit of two hours and forty-five minutes.