Daytona24: Michael Shank Racing Hour 17 report

Michael Shank Racing in Podium Position as Sun Rises at Daytona Michael Shank Racing continued to show strength at Daytona International Speedway Sunday morning as the sun came up as the race entered its 18th hour. The No. 6 Michael Shank Racing...

Michael Shank Racing in Podium Position as Sun Rises at Daytona

Michael Shank Racing continued to show strength at Daytona International Speedway Sunday morning as the sun came up as the race entered its 18th hour. The No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley of Mark Patterson, AJ Allmendinger, Brian Frisselle, and Michael Valiante were in second place with 506 laps run. The sister No. 60 Crown Royal XR of John Pew, Ozz Negri, Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle sits fifth with 501 laps in the books.

Both team entries have led the event, which has run under dry conditions following rain in the opening two hours of the race.

Michael Shank Racing's pre-race preparation has paid off with some strong pit work from the team on pit lane. The No. 6 squad leapfrogged the Ganassi entry during a dueling brake change pit sequence, vaulting Brian Frisselle to second in the order.

The sister No. 60 Crown Royal squad was also impressive as a curbing-hit in the bus stop saw Burt Frisselle forced into pit lane for a front end splitter change, which the team completed during the subsequent yellow flag.

The No. 6 is on the lead lap, just seconds from the lead as there are just under 8 hours to go.

Mark Patterson (16 hours) The engine is doing fine, and the transmission is as smooth as it was on the first lap. We have four hours to go before we can go racing in the last four hours. Driving this car as the sun comes up is like being in a campsite, when it is dark dark dark and then all of a sudden filled with light. Beautiful! It is just amazing, what a feeling! The day has just started!

Mike Shank (16 Hours) "The 6 car just keeps on going and going, and we're just a few seconds from the lead so hopefully we can stay on that path. Just three cars on the lead lap so its a good position to be in in the morning and hopefully we can just keep on going. The 60 car has had several little issues that have kept it from being in a position to fight for the lead at this point."

Brian Frisselle: 16.5 hours:

"It's just hard right now. Everybody is tired. The pace is so quick to compete with other cars on a lead lap. The 9 and the 01 are just really fast so at this point we've just got to go. The cold has saved us. I don't know about our car, but driver wise, I would be dead right now if it was still as hot as it was,so thank God for the cold. I'm going back in, unfortunately Michael (Valiante) is feeling really sick and Mark is done for the day so it just might be up to AJ and I."

-source: msr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Michael Valiante , Burt Frisselle , Mark Wilkins , John Pew , Mark Patterson , Brian Frisselle , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing