Turn One Contact Dashes Victory Chance for Michael Shank Racing HOMESTEAD FL (6 March 2010)-After starting the race from 3rd on the grid, Michael Shank Racing's chances at victory at Homestead Miami Speedway were ruined just moments into the...
Turn One Contact Dashes Victory Chance for Michael Shank Racing
HOMESTEAD FL (6 March 2010)-After starting the race from 3rd on the grid, Michael Shank Racing's chances at victory at Homestead Miami Speedway were ruined just moments into the race when Memo Rojas crashed Brian Frisselle off the track in the second corner.
GRAND-AM series officials elected not to penalize the Ganassi machine, which went on to win the race.
The sister No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford-Riley finished the race in 8th position as Oswaldo Negri and John Pew shared the driving duties during the 2.5-hour race, which ran under green flag conditions until just 20 minutes remained.
"I'm really disappointed in the officials for not penalizing him, if that's not a racing incident, then I guess i can do that in the next race," said Frisselle to the SPEED TV crew during the live broadcast. "It's really a shame because Michael Shank Racing once again did a great job, we had the car to win today."
"I'm hugely disappointed with the outcome of this race, and it's a shame we put on this kind of show for the fans," said team owner Mike Shank. "We will come back strong at Barber."
"We got a lap down early and when you don't have any yellows it makes it difficult to regain the positions," said Negri. "But this team never gives up and we will continue to try hard for the next win. We know we will have a good car at Barber, and we will be ready to fight again and look for more."
"I had a little bit of trouble getting the power down because the rear tires went off pretty quickly, so I was just trying to be as patient as I could be!" said Pew after his opening stint. "We had a good car, but just didn't have the pace of the other guys over the long run. I got my first Rolex podium at Barber, and hopefully I can do that again next month so I'm looking forward to getting back in the car soon!"
Michael Shank Racing will return to race action April 8-10 at Barber Motorsports Park.
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