Phoenix: Michael Shank Racing DP qualifying report

Phoenix front row for Michael Shank Racing (Phoenix, AZ) 9 September 05--Michael Shank Racing will start Saturday's Phoenix 250 from the front row after Mike Borkowski carded a fast lap time of 57.640 seconds around the 1.51-mile infield road ...

Phoenix front row for Michael Shank Racing

(Phoenix, AZ) 9 September 05--Michael Shank Racing will start Saturday's Phoenix 250 from the front row after Mike Borkowski carded a fast lap time of 57.640 seconds around the 1.51-mile infield road course at Phoenix International Raceway, just .1 of a second shy of the pole time. The qualifying effort is the best result of the season so far for the Mears Motor Coach Machine, which Borkowski will be sharing with Oswaldo Negri.

Borkowski leapt to second in the standings early in the session, and paced lap after lap, digging deep late in the session to improve once again, but was just shy of taking the pole as the checkered flag flew to close the session out.

"Mike Shank's guys are amazing," said Borkowski. "This car was basically totaled after Mid-Ohio, but they were at the shop at six in the morning the very next day to fix it, and now its even better than it was before. I really wanted to give them a pole to show how much I appreciated their work, but we came up just a little bit short tonight. But have been fast here all weekend and Oswaldo (Negri) has been super-quick in the car, so hopefully we can keep out of trouble and get this car back on the podium tomorrow."

After getting off to a fast start in the last round but suffering from contact and having the race end early, team owner Mike Shank is hoping to get a trouble-free run to the checker in the 166-lap event on Saturday night.

"Paul (Mears) just called me and he is so excited to see the car up on the front row," said Shank. "This is really good for the guys because they put in a Herculean effort to get the car fixed after Mid-Ohio. We have been on the pace since we got here, and Mike (Borkowski) really dug deep late in the session and did a great job for us. Mike and Oz are working great together, and hopefully we can keep our nose clean in the race and get a good run to the finish."

The race is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 PM on Saturday, with the Speed Channel broadcast slated for 4:00 PM ET on Sunday afternoon.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Borkowski , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing