Watkins Glen II: Michael Shank Racing race report

Michael Shank Racing finishes ninth in CompUSA 200 (Watkins Glen, NY)- 12 August 05-- Michael Shank Racing's Mike Borkowski and Kenny Wilden scored the team's fifth top-ten result of the season with a run to ninth place in the CompUSA 200 at ...

Michael Shank Racing finishes ninth in CompUSA 200

(Watkins Glen, NY)- 12 August 05-- Michael Shank Racing's Mike Borkowski and Kenny Wilden scored the team's fifth top-ten result of the season with a run to ninth place in the CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen on Friday in round nine of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series.

Borkowski started the race from eighth on the grid, and despite a strong understeer, moved the car up into the top five before turning the car over to Wilden during a full course caution. Wilden rejoined in the top ten, but had to make up some ground after losing positions in the first restart.

"The car ahead of me missed a shift or was asleep or something, because we got bogged down big time, and it cost me three spots," said Wilden, who staged a mammoth comeback in the last race with Michael Shank Racing to take a podium at Barber Motorsports Park.

Wilden was able to made back the spots he'd lost, but not before time ran out as the race was changed to a time-certain schedule, and he crossed the line in ninth.

"Track position is so important, and a lot of the guys in front of us really lucked out with all the yellows because otherwise they didn't have the fuel to make it to the finish, but that's racing," said Borkowski. "Mike Shank and his guys did a great job once again, but we just were a little bit off today and couldn't take the car to the front, but we'll take another top-ten and get ready for the next one."

After experiencing the highs of two podium finishes as well as the lows of not being able to finish a race due to contact this season, team owner Mike Shank wasn't happy with the result, but knows that his team has what it takes to run up front.

"It was a tough race for us," said Shank. "The car wasn't great for Mike's stint and by the time we had the car sorted out and fast, it was too late in the race for Kenny to really do anything about it. We were just off by a tick today, and the racing in Rolex is so tight, that's pretty much the difference between being on the podium and finishing in ninth. But the car doesn't have a scratch on it and it's another top-ten, so we'll just take the points and get ready for a big weekend at Mid-O."

The team is looking forward now to the next race weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the weekend of August 26-7 for the EMCO Gears Classic. The team will be once again campaigning a two-car effort, with the Mears Motor Coach Pontiac-Riley being joined by Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri in a Riley-Lexus combination. The track is the site of the first successes that Michael Shank Racing experienced, as team owner Shank took his first wins and championships at the track before becoming a full-time team owner.

"Mid-O is a big weekend for us--we'll have two cars and of course its our home track, so all of our family and friends can be with us for the weekend, and hopefully we can have a strong result for everyone to celebrate," said Shank.

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