Mont-Tremblant: MSR Thursday test day report

Michael Shank Racing back at work north of the border (Columbus, OH)- May 19 -- Michael Shank Racing put their Pontiac-powered Riley through its paces in testing for Saturday's 'Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant' on Thursday, taking ...

Michael Shank Racing back at work north of the border

(Columbus, OH)- May 19 -- Michael Shank Racing put their Pontiac-powered Riley through its paces in testing for Saturday's 'Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant' on Thursday, taking a best-lap time of 1:32.802-seconds during the day. Drivers Mike Borkowski, Kenny Wilden, and Duncan Dayton all took turns at the helm of the Mears Motor Coach machine during the test day as they worked to find the best balance for the Riley.

Dayton raced with Michael Shank Racing during the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, and has rejoined the team for the weekend and thinks that the team has made great strides with the car in the short time since he drove it last.

"The car is much more responsive than it was, and you can tell that they have paid close attention to some of the smaller details in the car," said Dayton. "With its high-speed corners and the elevation changes, this is of course a much different track from Daytona, but you can still feel how much they have improved the car."

Dayton has a long history with the track, having taken his original racing school here and more recently, racing a vintage Lotus Formula 1 car to victory. Team owner Mike Shank was quick to point out the progress Dayton had made in his first day back in the #6 car.

"Duncan had a great day today-he's doing exactly what we're asking of him and he got right up to speed," said Shank. "We haven't found the speed in the car we need yet, but got through most of what we wanted to accomplish during the day. We are going to change this engine tonight-we've had it in the car for several races and its still strong, but we want to be as prepared as possible for the full six hours, so we'll change the engine tonight and get back to work tomorrow."

Shank, who saw his team lead this event last year, is hoping to keep the positive momentum after taking a pole, podium, and two top-fives in the last two races.

"We just missed out on a top-five here last year when we got knocked out of the race late, so we kind of feel like this place owes us one," said Shank. "To be strong in the six hour events, you have to have a consistent car, some smart driving and good pit work, so we know we have the right package, but we just need to keep working on the car and get some speed for qualifying tomorrow."

Qualifying is scheduled to take place at 3:15 PM EST on Friday.

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. MSR joined the Rolex ranks in 2004, leading the first race it entered and making two podium appearances with drivers Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri, Jr.

Canadian based Investment Banking and Securities firm Graydon Elliott Capital specializes in a wide range of financial advisory services and products. The rapidly expanding company will be utilizing its connection with the Michael Shank Racing team to continue its expansion into the US.

Michael Shank Racing benefits from the support of team partners including the Mears Transportation Group (www.mearstransportation.com) and Graydon Elliot Capital (www.graydonelliott.com)

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Burt Frisselle , Mike Borkowski , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank , Johnny Rutherford , Sam Hornis
Teams Michael Shank Racing