Rolex 24 at Daytona winning team look to defend the top step of the podium and show strength all year long in the title fight.
Michael Shank Racing is pleased to announce the return of drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri to the team’s No. 60 Ford Riley Daytona Prototype for the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season.
The 2013 season will kick off with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 26 as the Ohio-based team looks to defend its 2012 Rolex title with a repeat victory in the twice around the clock event.
Why mess with a good thing?
2013 marks the fourth consecutive season for the Negri-Pew driver combination in the No. 60 Ford with the duo having seen much success over the past three years. The two have scored seven podiums and 14 top-five finishes together – highlighted by the outstanding 2012 Rolex 24 victory when the pair was joined by NASCAR pilot AJ Allmendinger and IndyCar star Justin Wilson.
“Why mess with a good thing?” smiled team owner Mike Shank. “This is a great pairing, and I don’t think that there are two guys out there that work harder than Ozz and John. Obviously starting the year the way we did was huge, but I think the pace we had with the 60 car sometimes got overlooked after some back racing luck so we didn’t factor into the championship the way we had been hoping. This has been an incredibly busy off season and I’m personally very excited about Daytona and of course about what is next in the future of this sport.”
Pew, who claimed the Jim Trueman Award by earning top honors in the Pro-Am championship in 2010 and 2011, has continued to impress in the Daytona Prototype ranks with several more stellar performances behind the wheel in 2012.
“This team is really incredible and I’m very pleased to be back,” said Pew, who first joined Michael Shank Racing in 2007 as he made his DP debut following several years of formula car competition. “Mike has built a great organization, and working with Ozz is something that is much more than just having a great co-driver on race weekends. We’ve had a little bit of a break now since Lime Rock, so the batteries are charged and I’m very motivated to get back to work at Daytona!”
In addition to the team’s Rolex 24 victory, 2012 also saw Pew and Negri stand on the podium at both New Jersey Motorsports Park and Road America. Those results added to Negri’s streak of scoring at least one Rolex Series podium in each season since 2004. He has remained an integral part of Michael Shank Racing and has mentored many drivers since first joining the team nine years ago.
Negri and Pew have spent much of their off season karting, cycling, and training for the upcoming year. Pew, who has sailed over 100,000 miles around the world, also spent several weeks sailing the South Pacific and visiting the South American countries of Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.
Michael Shank Racing recently completed tests at Daytona International Speedway with the No. 60 machine as the group prepares to return even stronger. The team will announce its full driver line-up for their 10th Rolex 24 At Daytona event during the Roar Before the 24 Test Days.
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