Montreal: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Micheal Shank Racing On Fifth Row in Montreal MONTREAL, QUE- (27 August 2010)-Michael Shank Racing driver John Pew posted his fastest lap of the day at the right time on Friday as he qualified the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford-Riley on the fifth...

Micheal Shank Racing On Fifth Row in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUE- (27 August 2010)-Michael Shank Racing driver John Pew posted his fastest lap of the day at the right time on Friday as he qualified the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford-Riley on the fifth row with a fast lap time of 1:35.335-seconds on the 2.709-mile circuit in Montreal for Saturday's Montreal 200 for the penultimate round of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series championship. Pew will open the 2-hour race from behind the wheel before turning the machine over to co-driver Ozz Negri.

"We unloaded with a solid car but we went in the wrong direction a little bit this afternoon," said Pew. "Fortunately, we went back to where we started and then kept improving from there. Brakes are going to be a big issue tomorrow. You spend so much time on the brakes here that you have to make sure that you have the performance you need with them to last the whole race. We're still not where we want to be just yet, but hopefully we can keep moving up in the race tomorrow."

The sister No. 6 Ford-powered Dallara did not set a time in qualifying after contact with one of the concrete barriers that line the track forced the team back to the paddock for repairs to the rear of the machine. The hard work paid off as the car was back in action for the final night practice session. Unfortunately the lost track time has the team still looking for the ultimate set-up with the Dallara as the long day came to a close as two-time defending race winner Brian Frisselle and Michael Valiante will target an upward trajectory as the duo are slated to start from the back of the pack.

"This has not been our day by any means, but I'm proud of how the whole team rallied to fix the 6 car and have it back on track today," said Team Owner Mike Shank. "We are just not where we want to be with either car, so this has been a frustrating day for us. Hopefully we can pull a rabbit out of our hats tomorrow, because we really want to close this season with some strong points so we need to get a little turn in our luck come race time."

-source: msr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Valiante , John Pew , Brian Frisselle , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing