Utah: Michael Shank Racing qualifying report

Defending race winners looking to move up at the drop of the green flag on Saturday (Tooele, UT) 14 September 2007--Oswaldo Negri qualified the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus-Riley tenth on the grid for the Rolex Sports Car Series ...

Defending race winners looking to move up at the drop of the green flag on Saturday

(Tooele, UT) 14 September 2007--Oswaldo Negri qualified the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus-Riley tenth on the grid for the Rolex Sports Car Series season-finale with a fast lap time of 2:41.768 around the 4.5-mile Miller Motorsports Park natural terrain road course on Friday. Negri will share the 1000k-driving duties with fellow defending race winner Mark Patterson as well as Champ Car World Series racer Justin Wilson.

The sister Michael Shank Racing entry of Henri Zogaib, John Pew, and Ian James will take Saturday's 11:00 AM local start from thirteenth on the grid after James' took a fast lap time of 2:42.887-seconds in the Playboy-liveried Lexus-Riley.

"After being fourth in the practice times so far this weekend, we are a little disappointed with where we ended up here today," said team owner Mike Shank. "We need to go back and study the data to see where we are missing out because we've been strong all weekend and thought we could start a little closer to the front. But we know it's a long race tomorrow and how we do in qualifying is obviously not nearly as important as how the car goes in the race, so we are going to stay focused on that."

-credit: msr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Oswaldo Negri Jr. , John Pew , Mark Patterson , Henri Zogaib , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing