Michael Shank Racing Closes 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series Season at Miller Motorsports Park TOOELE UT (11 September 2010)- Michael Shank Racing was disappointed not to return to the victory lane at Miller Motorsports Park to close out the 2010 ...
Michael Shank Racing Closes 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series Season at Miller Motorsports Park
TOOELE UT (11 September 2010)- Michael Shank Racing was disappointed not to return to the victory lane at Miller Motorsports Park to close out the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season after the team finished 6th and 11th in the Utah 250 on Saturday.
The checkered flag on the 2010 season in fact marks the start of the 2011 Rolex Series campaign for Michael Shank Racing as the team will tear down operations at Miller outside of Salt Lake City and head directly to Barber Motorsports Park to participate in a Continental Tire tire test as team is called on to help the brand prepare for its initial season of supplying tires for the Rolex Sports Car Series starting in 2011.
Both team Daytona Prototype entries improved during the quick two-day race weekend, with the No. 6 Dallara of Brian Frisselle and Michael Valiante running in the top five in the early stages of the 2.75-hour event as the team looked to take its third victory at the track.
Unfortunately, Frisselle's race outing was compromised following contact as he passed another car cut a tire and forced him into the pits for a unplanned pit stop, setting the young duo back. After a valiant comeback, the forward progress was further hampered late in the race when a lapped car slowed Valiante's charge for a podium in the closing laps as he was forced to settle for sixth at the finish.
Ozz Negri and John Pew finished the Miller event in eleventh place, which moved the duo to fifth in the team championship standings after twelve rounds of racing.
Pew opened the race from behind the wheel and got a good start, only to fall prey to a gradual lack of grip during his stint. During a long run of green flag laps, Pew turned the machine over to Negri, who looked to move back up to the point. Unfortunately, a radio miscue saw the Ford-powered Riley enter pit lane along with the GT machines under caution, adding to the total time in pit lane as a procedural penalty was applied. Negri, per usual, fought back and drove with his full effort but came just short of the top-ten goal at the checkered flag.
"We fought really hard today, and even caught a few breaks with the way some of the yellow flags fell during the race, but at the end of the day we just didn't have the kind of run we wanted to close out the year," said team owner Mike Shank. "So it was a tough day, and it is frustrating to lose out on a spot int he championship by just one point, but we'll fight back from this and just look to start the year off with a big effort at Daytona.
"We've got a lot of things we are working on, and I'm very excited about some of the possibilities and the interest we've got. I think we can be proud of the year we've had and the way we responded to set-backs, and now we'll just focus on being ready to go the moment they open up the gates at Daytona next year."
Michael Shank Racing would like to remember those lives that have been lost defending the ideals of the United States, as well as thank all the first responders around the country and members of our armed services for their continued dedication and sacrifice.