Watkins Glen: Michael Shank Racing Saturday report

Michael Shank Racing takes fifth on grid for Glen 6 Hour (Watkins Glen, NY)- June 10--Michael Shank Racing will start Sunday's 'Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen' from fifth on the grid after Mike Borkowski dug deep on his last qualifying lap to...

Michael Shank Racing takes fifth on grid for Glen 6 Hour

(Watkins Glen, NY)- June 10--Michael Shank Racing will start Sunday's 'Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen' from fifth on the grid after Mike Borkowski dug deep on his last qualifying lap to move significantly up the order late in the fifteen minute session. The 1:46.511-second lap was the team's fastest lap of the weekend on the 3.4-mile road course as Borkowski made the most of the car when it really mattered.

"Mike did a great job on that last lap," enthused team owner Mike Shank. "I'm not exactly sure what he found out there, but he really stepped up and banked a great lap. We have had a tough weekend so far, so it's great that we are going to be starting close to the front for such a long race."

The team was pleased with the result, particularly after having a long night on Friday for unexpected car repairs. During Fridays practice session, Duncan Dayton got tangled up with some slower traffic, and was forced into the wall, causing damage to the nose and tail of the Mears Motor Coach machine. The team didn't miss a beat, quickly fixing the bodywork and getting the car back out on track to run the rest of Friday's practice.

However, when the team was tearing down the car to prepare for the Saturday qualifying, it found a crack in the transmission case from the accident. Even though it was already late at night, the team got in touch with transmission supplier X-Trac, and their guys responded by working through the night to provide the team with a new casing, allowing the team to only miss a total of two minutes of practice on Saturday morning.

"I have to hand it to Andrew and Simon with X-Trac, they really came through in a big way when we needed them to, and we were able to get back to work this morning," said Shank. "It was a thrash to get everything back together, but the guys did a great job to get the car ready and fortunately we found it on Friday, and not during the race on Sunday. Hopefully we can be mistake free all day tomorrow and get another good result here at the Glen."

Borkowski, who graduated from nearby Cornell University, went all out on his last lap, and had some help in the form of Dayton, who was spotting for him out on the course.

"It was really helpful to have Duncan on the radio during that session," said Borkowski. "I got a clean lap, which can be hard to find sometimes during these qualifying sessions. The car was as good as its been all weekend, and the guys just did an incredible job overnight to have this car so well prepared even though we had a problem that would have taken most teams a lot more time to get fixed."

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 Duncan Dayton , Mike Borkowski , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing