Disappointment at Daytona For Michael Shank Racing (Daytona Beach, FL) 3 July 08 - With 40 minutes remaining in the Brumos 250, Michael Shank Racing was well-placed to make a return to the Daytona International Speedway podium with one team...
Disappointment at Daytona For Michael Shank Racing
(Daytona Beach, FL) 3 July 08 - With 40 minutes remaining in the Brumos 250, Michael Shank Racing was well-placed to make a return to the Daytona International Speedway podium with one team entry and back that up with another strong result in the second team car.
Track record holder Oswaldo Negri ran in third, with Ian James charging from sixth in the closing stages of the 70-lap race. But within two laps, team fortunes changed dramatically.
The No. 6 Ford-Riley that James co-drives with John Pew was hoping to improve on their 4th place run in this event last year, but a half shaft failure sent James into the pits and out of the race.
A second calamity struck nearly immediately, as GT traffic contact damaged a wheel and forced Negri in to the pits for a tire change and mild body repair. The team made quick work of the repair but the damage was done as the podium aspirations were dashed and the team was forced to settle for an unlucky thirteenth place finish.
"This was a really disappointing way to finish a day that had otherwise gone really well," said team owner Mike Shank. "Mark and John did great jobs in qualifying and things were going exactly according to plan in the race. But we just got hit with two strokes of bad luck, nearly at the same time, and it's just a big disappointment to not bring home the results we showed we are capable of."
Michael Shank Racing will return to action in three weeks' time at Barber Motorsports Park for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradly Arant.
"It's really frustrating, but we have to keep our heads up because we performed really well all day long but just didn't get the luck to go with that at the end. It'd have been great to get the 60 car back on the podium here at Daytona, and who knows how much more ground Ian could have made at the end, but we'll just have to focus on delivering another strong team effort at Barber."