Mexico City: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Michael Shank Racing takes third on Mexico City grid (Mexico City, Mexico) 4 November 05-- Kenny Wilden piloted the Mears Motor Coach Pontiac-Riley to third on the Mexico City grid with a fast lap time of 1:45.992-seconds in qualifying for ...

Michael Shank Racing takes third on Mexico City grid

(Mexico City, Mexico) 4 November 05-- Kenny Wilden piloted the Mears Motor Coach Pontiac-Riley to third on the Mexico City grid with a fast lap time of 1:45.992-seconds in qualifying for Saturday's Rolex season finale. The sister Flight Options Lexus-Riley took thirteenth on the grid after getting caught up in traffic during the fifteen minute session.

"It's a good start to the weekend," said team owner Mike Shank. "We struggled a bit this morning and we still weren't happy with where we were pace-wise with both cars this afternoon, but the team really rallied to get some big changes done on the cars before the session, so it was a good effort all around. We don't have much track time this weekend, so we were glad to get things sorted in time for qualifying and we should be in good shape for the race tomorrow."

The qualifying effort was the first since Laguna Seca for Kenny Wilden, who is standing in for Paul Mears Jr. this weekend, and he once again made the most of the opportunity.

"I have to hand it to Mike and his guys-we asked for a lot of changes to the car, and really there shouldn't have been enough time to get them all done in time for qualifying, but they did and I am happy to repay that effort with a good spot on the grid," said Wilden. "This is really a rhythm track and even though its my first time here, I feel like we should be strong in the race tomorrow and hopefully I can turn the car over to Mike (Borkowski) in a good position and we can get another podium."

Mark Patterson, who took a podium position in just his third start with Oswaldo Negri earlier this season, also found the car much more to his liking during the qualifying session, but wasn't able to show the full potential after repeatedly losing time to slower traffic during the session in the Flight Options machine.

"We were not that fast this morning, and frankly that's a bit unusual for this team," said Patterson. "But what wasn't unusual was that they were really able to take the information Oswaldo and I were giving them after the practice session and produce a very fast car. I was disappointed not to get as much clear track time because I kept catching cars, but we know we have the car like we want and should be very competitive tomorrow. This track is absolutely a blast to drive, and I know tomorrows race is going to be a great show for the Mexican fans."

Saturday's race is slated to get underway at 3:00 PM CT, and will be broadcast live on Speed Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Mears Jr. , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing