Miami, Fla. (26 September 2012) – When Ozz Negri is not behind the wheel of Michael Shank Racing’s No. 60 LiveOn Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype, the Brazilian driver can most likely be found partaking in some other form of intense fitness training whether it be karting under the hot South Florida sun with MSR co-driver John Pew, or spending much of his time cycling, running, or swimming.
The Escape to Miami Olympic distance event sees athletes complete a rigorous course – a .9-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike ride, and 6.2-mile run – with over 2,000 participants competing in the sprint and olympic distance races. Negri completed the course in 2:40.41 which is a 28-minute improvement since his first attempt at the event in 2010.
“I could not believe my time,” said Negri. “I was feeling good and when I got out of the water to the transition area I looked at my time and as (my wife) Claudia was there cheering me on, I looked at her and said ‘this could be good’. When I again got to the transition area from the bike I told her again ‘this is good’. I was really feeling strong and improved my time by 28 minutes from when I did the Escape in 2010.”
Negri first got the “triathlon bug” in 2010 when a training partner mentioned the event to him while biking. In just his first triathlon, without any specific training for it, Negri crossed the finish line at 3:08.58.
Since then, Negri has done three more triathlons (Trilogy at Key Biscayne, Egg Hunt Triathlon, and this year’s Escape to Miami). He also did an Ironman event this past spring in which he swam 1.2-miles, biked 56-miles, and ran 13.1 miles with an impressive time of 6:00.58 in just his first attempt.
“I just have so much fun doing triathlons because it keeps me motivated and sharp,” offered Negri. “My Grigio bike rocked and I use my Continental Tires on and off the race track so it was good. John and I have also been doing a lot of karting laps at Homestead. One of the runs this week was a 53-lap run and just ask Gustavo Yacaman, Ricky Taylor or Dion Von Molke, every day it gets harder to keep John behind. We’re looking forward to getting to Lime Rock this weekend!”
The 2012 Rolex 24 Champion shows no signs of slowing down any time soon – both on and off the track. Negri and Pew have shown strong pace throughout the entire 2012 Rolex Series season and are set for the season-finale event at Lime Rock Park this weekend. The duo hopes to give Michael Shank Racing its third consecutive podium finish at the track. Pew and Negri were runner-up in last year’s event.
Source: Michael Shank Racing