Utah: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Michael Shank Racing fourth on Utah grid (Salt Lake City, UT) 1 September 06--Michael Shank Racing will start from fourth on the Discount Tire Sunchaser 9-Hour grid at high noon on Saturday after Oswaldo Negri posted a fast lap time of ...

Michael Shank Racing fourth on Utah grid

(Salt Lake City, UT) 1 September 06--Michael Shank Racing will start from fourth on the Discount Tire Sunchaser 9-Hour grid at high noon on Saturday after Oswaldo Negri posted a fast lap time of 2:38.521-seconds in qualifying on the 4.5-mile Miller Motorsport Park in the Flight Options Lexs/Riley.

The second Michael Shank Racing entry will take the green flag from the seventh row for the Utah finale with Burt Frisselle at the controls of the Playboy Racing/Mears Motorcoach machine.

"I was expecting to get into the top six, so fourth feels solid and I'm pretty happy," said Negri. "We've had a good race car since we got here and I think we should be in good shape for the race tomorrow. I feel pretty comfortable with the guys we are starting around, so hopefully everyone will just keep in mind that this is a nine hour race when we get to the first corner tomorrow and we just can go racing from there."

The 2:40.294-second lap the Frisselle put down was intended to just be a precursor to another hot lap, but the session ran out of time before Frisselle got the chance to improve.

"I just got the timing wrong and I thought I had another lap to work with, so it's a bit disappointing," said Frisselle. "But the car is good and we have another practice session in the morning to dial out a little bit of the push we have. The qualifying result doesn't really show how strong this car is, and I don't think we'll have much problem making up ground in the Playboy car tomorrow."

Saturday's nine-hour endurance challenge will put a lot in play, as teams fight for positions in the championship. Mark Patterson will be looking to close out 2006 atop the Jim Trueman Award standings, and is but one point out of seventh place in the overall Rolex drivers championship.

"We've had good cars all weekend, and I think we should be strong tomorrow," said team owner Mike Shank. "Oz and Burt did a good job here in qualifying, and tomorrow its going to be important to just set a good pace, stay out of trouble, and be in a position to bring home some good results to close out the season because we can still keep improving in the championship and there is a lot of racing to do yet tomorrow."

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