Watkins Glen: Michael Shank Racing preview

Michael Shank Racing looking for Glen success once again (Watkins Glen, NY) 31 May 06--Team owner Mike Shank has added a Watkins Glen podium trophy to the collection in the Columbus, Ohio, shop each year that his team has raced at the track in...

Michael Shank Racing looking for Glen success once again

(Watkins Glen, NY) 31 May 06--Team owner Mike Shank has added a Watkins Glen podium trophy to the collection in the Columbus, Ohio, shop each year that his team has raced at the track in Rolex competition, and will be looking to make room for some new hardware once again this weekend as Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri head for the historic upstate New York road course for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen and round eight of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season in the No. 60 Lexus-powered Flight Options Riley.

"We are always fast at the Glen, and I know we are ready to go this weekend," said Shank. "We lost some ground in the points championship in Phoenix, so we are focused on making some of that up this weekend. The six hour is always an unpredictable race, and being fast is only part of what it takes to be on the podium. But we showed in the 24 that we can finish well in the endurance races and hopefully we can do it again this weekend."

For Negri and Patterson, they already know their way to the podium at the storied track, having scored a podium result with third place in the Crown Royal 250 at the Glen last September in just their third Rolex start together.

"It's great to be going back to a proper road course this weekend, and even better that this team is always so well-prepared for the endurance races," said Patterson, who scored his first pole in formula car competition at the Glen. "Oz is as hungry as I've ever seen him after the Phoenix weekend, and we know that Mike will have a fast car for us. We just need to keep our nose clean in the early going and keep a good pace to be in a good position to fight in the end."

-msr

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