Michael Shank Racing finishes 12th in Daytona Prototype class at Mid Ohio Lexington, OH (August 7 04)--The Michael Shank Racing Lexus-powered Doran finished 12th in class in the EMCO Gears Road Racing Classic at Mid Ohio after a wheel fell of...
Michael Shank Racing finishes 12th in Daytona Prototype class at Mid Ohio
Lexington, OH (August 7 04)--The Michael Shank Racing Lexus-powered Doran finished 12th in class in the EMCO Gears Road Racing Classic at Mid Ohio after a wheel fell of at speed and sent the 6 car into the sandtrap, putting paid to the podium hopes for the home town team after a strong start of the nearly three hour event with drivers Oswaldo Negri Jr. and Burt Frisselle.
Negri started the race at the controls of the Lexus-Doran, and stayed with the lead pack in the early laps, threatening for second place before bringing the car in to pit during a well-timed yellow flag period. Hawaiian native Frisselle took over the driving duties, and was in the top five at the restart when on his second flying lap, the right rear tire separated from the car, and sending Frisselle off the track.
"It was scary-I turned into the corner, and the car started to wiggle, and then, it just went around, and I heard a large explosion at the back, and the next thing I knew, I was spinning and I could see the rear tire going by me," said a wide-eyed Frisselle. "I just tried to get out of harms way at that point-we were lucky there to not lose the car and only have the damage we did, since there were three other prototypes right behind me."
The team lost several laps waiting for the car to be towed back to the pits, as the loss of the wheel made moving the car difficult for the recovery crew. The team pulled off the damaged bodywork and reattached a new wheel, and an undaunted Frisselle strapped himself back into the car and re-entered the fray some eight laps down in thirty-second place. Frisselle ran the entire second half of the race in the damaged car, hauling it up to finish 12th in the points, and demonstrating both his speed and bravery every lap.
"Well, obviously its disappointing to have something like this take us out of such a strong position at our home track, but to focus on the positive, Burt's last stint was really amazing-for him to get back into the car and crank out those lap times lap after lap shows that he's really growing up, and taking some big steps inside the car," said Shank. "We will fix the car and head on up to the Glen."
Despite the setback, Negri was also focusing on the positive after the race.
"We had the car going so well, but you know, that's racing, and these kind of things happen," said Negri. "The team did a great job all weekend, and we were running so strong that it's a bit disappointing to have this happen, but at least we have the chance to race again at the Glen next weekend. We'll just have to regroup and go to the next one and get back to the podium."