Montreal: Michael Shank Racing Thursday report

Fast start for Michael Shank Racing in Montreal Montreal, Que-Michael Shank Racing got off to a quick start to round ten of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season as both Ford-Riley Daytona Prototypes were fast during Thursday's opening...

Fast start for Michael Shank Racing in Montreal

Montreal, Que-Michael Shank Racing got off to a quick start to round ten of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season as both Ford-Riley Daytona Prototypes were fast during Thursday's opening practice sessions on the Circuit Gilles Villenueve.

The No. 6 of John Pew and Ian James was second fastest in the second practice session of the day as the duo continue the momentum from a strong podium result together in the last round at Barber Motorsports Park.

The sister Ford/Riley of Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri, which scored fourth at Barber Park, was also off to a quick start on Thursday, as a strong off-the-truck set up allowed the drivers to concentrate on maximizing their brake set-ups, which will be important for some of the heavy braking zones featured on the 2.7-mile island-based circuit.

The day's running was cut short due to a heavy afternoon rain shower, although Patterson made the most of the Trueman session to get a read on the car's wet-weather handling.

"I'm pretty happy with how we've rolled off the truck here," said team owner Mike Shank. "Finishing third and fourth at Barber was a good indication of how well this team is capable of running, and we just want to keep that momentum up here in Montreal and again next week at the Glen, so this was a good first day. Tomorrow will be interesting with our only track time before the race being qualifying, but hopefully we can keep adjusting to the conditions as the track gets more rubber on it and make more ground up in the championship with both cars."

-credit: msr

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