Watkins Glen: Michael Shank Racing Friday report

Michael Shank Racing looking for more at the Glen (Watkins Glen, NY)- June 9--Michael Shank Racing was back in action on Friday, continuing to test for Sunday's 'Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen' with drivers Mike Borkowski, Paul Mears Jr., ...

Michael Shank Racing looking for more at the Glen

(Watkins Glen, NY)- June 9--Michael Shank Racing was back in action on Friday, continuing to test for Sunday's 'Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen' with drivers Mike Borkowski, Paul Mears Jr., Duncan Dayton all taking turns at the wheel as the team worked to get the most out of the Pontiac-powered Mears Motor Coach Riley.

The quickest time of the day for the car, 1:48.172-seconds, was just over a second off the pace of the fastest car in the last session, so the team knows it has some work to do and improve their pace. After struggling with set-up in the morning session, engineer Dale Wise and the team came up with some new solutions, improving the car significantly in the afternoon, but team owner Mike Shank is still anxious for even more speed.

"We made a lot of progress today, but we still have some time to find in the car," said Shank. "We are a little behind where we want to be yet, but at least we have been getting the car better and moving in the right direction now. Everyone's just working their tails off to get this car better. We know we have a good package but we have had some lousy luck, so hopefully we can get the car sorted and have a good race on Sunday, make it to the finish, and show the performance that we know we are capable of."

Borkowski, who won this event in 2003, loves racing at the historic Glen facility and is hoping he can have another good result here this weekend.

"This series is so competitive that if you are off just a little bit, you can find yourself way down the order like we were earlier today," said Borkowski. "We got back on the right track and moved back up the charts, but we still have some work to do. Mike and the guys are working really hard and doing a great job, but we just have to keep our heads down and fin dome more speed for the race."

The first hour of the race will be broadcast on Speed Channel beginning at 10:00 AM EST, with the final four hours of the race getting to the air from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Borkowski , Paul Mears Jr. , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing