Michael Shank Racing has high hopes for Homestead Columbus, OH (September 13 2004) --Michael Shank Racing is looking forward to racing in the rescheduled Miami 250 at Homestead Miami Speedway this weekend and continuing to fight for positions in...
Michael Shank Racing has high hopes for Homestead
Columbus, OH (September 13 2004) --Michael Shank Racing is looking forward to racing in the rescheduled Miami 250 at Homestead Miami Speedway this weekend and continuing to fight for positions in the Rolex Sports Car Series championship with their Lexus-powered Doran. The small team, hot off a season-best second place finish at Watkins Glen in August, is eager to return to the Homestead complex, which hosted round two of the Rolex Sports Car Series in April, and saw drivers Oswald Negri Jr. and Burt Frisselle score a podium finish in just their first outing with MSR.
"I just hope we get to go racing this weekend," said Burt Frisselle. "It was a smart decision for Grand American to postpone the race for a week, and hopefully Ivan will stay well clear of Florida! The car was obviously really good at the Glen, and now we get to race on a track that we have some experience on, and hopefully we can put that to our advantage this weekend."
While both Michael Shank Racing drivers hail from different parts of the world, Frisselle from Hawaii and Negri from Brazil, they both have found a new home in Miami, and are looking forward to the race weekend.
"It's kind of a home race for us, and we qualified well (P3) and were on the podium here in April , so we are pretty confident about the race," said Negri. "We have got some good momentum coming off of the Glen, so we hope we can do well at Homestead and keep fighting for Michael Shank Racing in the championship. There will be a lot of family and friends here for the race as well, and that always makes it special."
Despite a series of bad-luck finishes in the middle rounds of the season, the MSR squad has managed to fight its way to fourth in the team championship, and is now just five points from third, and thirty-nine points from the powerhouse Ganassi squad in first. The event has been rescheduled to be a two-day event, and will see the grid lined up by team championship points.
The race is scheduled to be aired live on Speed Channel at 11:00 am EST on Sunday, September 19th.
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 is making the transition to the Rolex Series from open-wheel competition for the 2004 season in the Rolex Sports Car Series, campaigning a Lexus-powered Doran JE4.