By Michael Shank Racing
Pew Pushes to Fifth on Road America Grid
Michael Shank Racing driver John Pew continued to impress in his qualifying role on Friday at Road America, improving his career-best result with the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford-Riley as he scored fifth on the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve grid.
Pew’s fastest lap time of 2:03.040 around the four mile circuit earned him a spot on the third row in Saturday’s Road America 250 Driven by VISITFLORIDA.com. Pew’s previous career best of sixth was scored at Lime Rock Park on his way to a second place finish with co-driver Ozz Negri on Memorial Day weekend.
“It was just push, push, push, everywhere. And then, something happened to the right front and I wasn’t sure if I had a flat or what was going on, so I just brought it in to the pits,” said Pew. “The car is really good, it will be a really good race car tomorrow. It’s just flying, and I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
“Just think it’s an amazing trip, for him so far this year and the job that he has done,” said Negri. “This is a pro’s track, a man’s track. And he did that lap on just his second lap! And, he beat a lot of champions, Daytona 24 winners, and pros with that time. It’s an amazing accomplishment, and it’s all down to him and his hard work and the team doing a fantastic job with this car.”
“John just picked up so much--I thank almost a second and a half from his last time out. Just a great job,” said team owner Mike Shank. “I think he could have even gone one spot better if he didn’t have that problem with the right front. He just did a fantastic job. I’m just so happy for him, no one works harder at this. Hopefully we can convert this into another strong result tomorrow.”
The strong grid position is all the more vital given the short (two-hour) race distance, as every lap will be crucial for a strong finish. T