Montreal: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Michael Shank Racing Ready To Sprint in Montreal Montreal, Que- Michael Shank Racing will start the Montreal 200 from the sixth and eighth rows of the combined Daytona Prototype and GT class grid in Montreal on Friday for round ten of the 2008...

Michael Shank Racing Ready To Sprint in Montreal

Montreal, Que- Michael Shank Racing will start the Montreal 200 from the sixth and eighth rows of the combined Daytona Prototype and GT class grid in Montreal on Friday for round ten of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series championship. The afternoon qualifying session will be followed in short order by the green flag for the two hour event, the shortest race of the Rolex Sports Car Series season.

John Pew will lead the Michael Shank Racing charge with his lap of 1:36.232 seconds, which was within one second of the the previous track record on the 2.7-mile facility as he struggled to get the most out of an understeering Ford-Riley combination.

"From turn-in to apex, the car has a pretty big push, so hopefully that's something we can make some progress on before the race starts," said Pew. "But overall, the car is good; I kept trying to leave some room for a gap, and every time I'd catch someone up so that didn't help my fast lap time. But that's encouraging for our pace in the race this afternoon."

The No. 60 Ford-Riley of Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri will take the green flag from 15th on the grid after Patterson set a fast lap time of 1:36.875 seconds during the 15-minute qualifying session.

"We still have some work to do with this car because we just aren't getting everything we want out of our braking set-up, and it is a tough car to drive right now," said Patterson after he made a quick check to confirm that he had only come very close to hitting the wall, but not having actually done so. "We will have to see what this track feels like after the NASCAR cars run and put another layer of rubber down during their practice before we head back out to race."

Michael Shank Racing is currently 4th (No. 60) and 8th (No. 6) in the Rolex team championship standings, with races remaining at Watkins Glen, Infineon Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, and Miller Motorsports Park, where the team won in 2006.

-credit: msr

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