Mears and Borkowski join Michael Shank Racing for 2005 Fontana, California (30 October 2004)--Mike Shank announced today that his team will campaign the Mears Motor Coach-liveried Pontiac-Riley with drivers Mike Borkowski and Paul Mears Jr. for...
Mears and Borkowski join Michael Shank Racing for 2005
Fontana, California (30 October 2004)--Mike Shank announced today that his team will campaign the Mears Motor Coach-liveried Pontiac-Riley with drivers Mike Borkowski and Paul Mears Jr. for the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series season.
"We are excited to be announcing that we will be competing the full 2005 season with Mike and Paul," said Shank. "The Riley-Pontiac combination has shown itself to be a strong package this season, and we are looking forward to getting familiar with the Riley chassis and beginning to prepare for next season."
Michael Shank Racing made the transition from the sprint format of Toyota Atlantic competition into the endurance racing format of the Rolex Sports Car Series look easy this season, scoring a podium with drivers Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri in just the teams second start in the category and going on to regularly compete in the top five.
Having seen first-hand the effort and results that the MSR team has produced this season, the decision about which team to work with for 2005 was not a difficult one for Mears and Borkowski.
"Mike and his guys do a great job, and have shown that week in and week out this season," said Mears. "It's going to be an exciting partnership, and I look forward to seeing the results that it yields."
With one round yet remaining, the Riley chassis has scored a total of eleven pole positions and six wins during the 2004 season, with three of those victories utilizing Pontiac power. Shank is looking forward to getting the most out of the combination, but is also working to keep his Lexus-Doran active next season as well.
"My long-standing relationship with Toyota and Lexus is important to me, and Kevin (Doran) has built an excellent race car and provided phenomenal support all season, so I am working on keeping that side of our program together for next season. Hopefully we will have something positive to announce about that in the near future, as we would like to continue our Lexus-Doran program as well."
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.