Mont-Tremblant: MSR Friday report

Michael Shank Racing takes 11th on Mont-Tremblant grid (Mont-Tremlant, Canada)- May 20 -- Michael Shank Racing will start from eleventh on the grid in Saturday's 'Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant' after Mike Borkowski set the...

Michael Shank Racing takes 11th on Mont-Tremblant grid

(Mont-Tremlant, Canada)- May 20 -- Michael Shank Racing will start from eleventh on the grid in Saturday's 'Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant' after Mike Borkowski set the team's fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:31.594-second lap on the 2.65-mile natural terrain road course. The team has continued to improve the Mears Motor Coach Pontiac-Riley all weekend with a keen eye on having a good car for the long race.

While the team had been hoping to start closer to the front, team owner Mike Shank has been guiding drivers Kenny Wilden, Duncan Dayton, and Borkowski to work on getting the car set up for the long stints that they will be racing on Saturday, sacrificing the one-lap speed of qualifying for a car that runs well and has a good balance, even on old tires.

"Mike did a good job this afternoon, and dug deep to get that time," said Shank. "For a long-distance race like this, we really focused on having a good race car rather than a fast car just for qualifying. You always want to be starting up front, but what's going to be important is how quick and consistent the car is late in the tire run and how well you can get through traffic. We will be practicing pit stops and driver changes tonight, and just get everything ready for tomorrow."

Borkowski, who won this race in 2003, didn't leave anything on the table in the fifteen-minute qualifying as he managed to shave over one second off his time during the session.

"The car felt the best it has all weekend," said Borkowski. "We are still losing out on overall grip, but we have a decent balance in the car and it should be pretty good during the race tomorrow. It's amazing how close the grid is--from 6th to 15th is covered by less than a second! So while it's a bit frustrating and we were hoping for more, it's a long race and having a good race car is going to be much more important than where you start the race."

The first six hour race of the season is scheduled to go green at 11:00 AM EST, and the race will be carried LIVE on Speed Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Mike Borkowski , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing