Contact derails strong performance for Michael Shank Racing (Daytona Beach, FL)- June 30-- Michael Shank Racing finished sixteenth with drivers Mike Borkowski and Paul Mears Jr. in the Brumos Porsche 250 after contact from a slower GT car...
Contact derails strong performance for Michael Shank Racing
(Daytona Beach, FL)- June 30-- Michael Shank Racing finished sixteenth with drivers Mike Borkowski and Paul Mears Jr. in the Brumos Porsche 250 after contact from a slower GT car knocked the car from a likely top-six finish at Daytona International Speedway.
Mears Jr. started the car from thirteenth on the grid, and held his ground to keep the car on the lead lap before turning the driving duties over to Borkowski during a yellow flag pit stop.
Hoping to replicate the team's Fontana podium form from earlier in the season, Borkowski quickly moved the car up from fifteenth into the top ten in short order. Two subsequent full course yellow flags set the stage for some strong restarts from Borkowski, who soon had the car up in to the top five by the mid point of the race. Having stopped for a final fuel stop, Borkowski was again running in the top six when a GT car turned into him exiting a corner and cut the right rear tire, sending rubber shards into the bodywork and forcing Borkowski back into the pits.
Adding insult to injury, Borkowski was then penalized for running above the pit lane speed limit when he'd come in to fix the tire, and he had to once again return to the pits for a drive-through penalty, sending the car further down the order.
"It's a very disappointing result," said team owner Mike Shank. "Everything had gone almost exactly as we'd hoped up until that point-Paul did a great job in his first stint, and we had a great stop to get Mike in the car and on his way and he was up into the top five pretty quickly. We had one more good pit stop, and were good to go to the end on fuel, but then we got hit and it completely ruined our shot at a good result."
"I have no idea what he was thinking," said Borkowski about the offending GT car. "I had just lapped another Daytona Prototype and he was running behind me when we went up on the banking, and a Porsche just turned right into me and cut the tire, ending any chance at a good result. The GT cars can be a nuisance when the guys driving them aren't heads-up. It's too bad for the team, because they did another great job, and we were exactly set up where we wanted to be in the closing stages of the race."
The team will head back to the shop in Columbus, Ohio and begin preparations for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park July 29-31.