Michael Shank Racing ready for Grand Prix of Miami The little team that can returns to site of first Rolex Series podium one year ago Reynoldsburg, OH (1 March 05)-- The Michael Shank Racing team will be back in action this weekend in the Grand...
Michael Shank Racing ready for Grand Prix of Miami
The little team that can returns to site of first Rolex Series podium one year ago
Reynoldsburg, OH (1 March 05)-- The Michael Shank Racing team will be back in action this weekend in the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the second race of the Rolex Sports Car Series season. After the grueling opening round Rolex 24 at Daytona, the team has switched gears to prepare for the sprint format of Saturday's 250-mile event on the 2.3-mile infield road course.
The Mears Motor Coach-liveried Michael Shank Racing Pontiac-Riley has been completely torn down and rebuilt after the Rolex 24, which saw the team fight back from an early race set back and race its way back up into the top ten late in the night, only to have a mechanical problem force the team to park the car.
Team owner Mike Shank is looking toward this weekends race as the first step towards a championship challenge with drivers Mike Borkowski and Paul Mears, Jr., and is looking to improve upon last years sixth-place finish in the team championship.
"We had a good test here in November, and of course had some success at Homestead last season, so we are optimistic heading into the weekend," said Shank. "We are putting the 24 behind us, and will be working hard to get a top-five finish this weekend and get us going in the points battle. Its been a busy time this last month, turning the car around and getting ready for Homestead, but we're ready to go."
Borkowski, who took runner up in the Daytona Prototype Drivers Championship in 2003, shares Shank's optimism heading into the weekend, but knows that the competition will be fierce.
"Paul and I were quick at Homestead last year and ran in the top-three in the middle stages of the race, so we feel like we can be competitive this weekend," said Borkowski. "Our test in November was also very positive, so hopefully we can translate that into a good result this weekend. Of course, the Rolex field continues to get more and more competitive, so its going to take a combination of good race pace, good pit stops, and a good strategy to do well, but I'm excited about the weekend."
The second race of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season will be broadcast live on Speed Channel beginning at 3:00 pm (EST) on Saturday, March 5th.
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.
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