Daytona II: Michael Shank Racing preview

Michael Shank Racing ready for Daytona sprint (Daytona Beach, FL)- June 29-- Michael Shank Racing will be back in action this week in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Raceway, with drivers Mike Borkowksi and Paul Mears, Jr....

Michael Shank Racing ready for Daytona sprint

(Daytona Beach, FL)- June 29-- Michael Shank Racing will be back in action this week in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Raceway, with drivers Mike Borkowksi and Paul Mears, Jr. sharing the Mears Motor Coach Riley-Pontiac for Thursday night's race. The race is the kickoff event for a huge NACAR weekend of racing at the "World Center of Racing," with the Thursday night race getting a prime-time slot on the famed track.

After two consecutive difficult finishes for the Ohio-based team in six hour races, the two and three-quarters hour Daytona event represents a significant chance of pace, and the team is hoping that it can once again show the strong form that scored the team a pole, podium, and a top-five finish in the previous sprint events.

"We've had some bad luck in the last two six hour races, so we are looking forward to getting back to the sprint format this week," said team owner Mike Shank. "We've run in the top five every sprint race so far this season and scored a podium at Fontana, so hopefully we can be competitive again here this week."

The track, which combines part of the high-speed oval section that the Nextel Series runs on with an infield road course section as well as the "Bus Stop" chicane on the backstretch, requires a delicate balance to find a car optimized for both parts of the track. The infield section has been repaved since the Rolex 24 at Daytona ran in February, and for Michael Shank Racing, who led their first lap of Rolex competition in their very first visit to the track in 2004, that means a new set of challenges to find the best set up for the new surface.

"It's going to be the same for everybody-trying to figure out as quickly as possible what the new surface is like," said Shank. "But hopefully we can sort that out quickly because the schedule is very compressed, with practice, qualifying, and the race all on the same day."

Practice will get underway at 10:30 AM on Thursday, with qualifying slated for a 1:30 PM start. The 70-lap event will start at 7:15, with the race being covered on Speed Channel beginning at 8:00 PM EST.

Michael Shank Racing was formed in 1989 when Michael Shank first began driving racing cars professionally, taking the award as SCCA-Ohio Valley Region's Novice Driver of the Year. Shank retired from the cockpit in 1997 after moving up the motorsports ladder to focus his efforts on running the team, which quickly found success in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, with several race wins leading Shank to be named as Team Owner of the Year twice in four years. MSR has campaigned drivers including Johnny Rutherford Jr., Kenny Wilden, and 2001 and 2002 Indy Racing League champion Sam Hornish, Jr. MSR joined the Rolex ranks in 2004, leading the first race it entered and making two podium appearances with drivers Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri, Jr.

Canadian based Investment Banking and Securities firm Graydon Elliott Capital specializes in a wide range of financial advisory services and products. The rapidly expanding company will be utilizing its connection with the Michael Shank Racing team to continue its expansion into the US. Visit www.graydonelliott.com for more information.

Michael Shank Racing benefits from the support of team partners including the Mears Transportation Group (www.mearstransportation.com) and Graydon Elliot Capital (www.graydonelliott.com)

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Burt Frisselle , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank , Johnny Rutherford , Sam Hornis
Teams Michael Shank Racing