Michael Shank Racing takes eighth on Glen grid (Watkins Glen, NY)- 11 August 05-- Mike Borkowski bested the Watkins Glen short course track record he has held for two years by over two seconds, but will line up eighth on the grid in the in the...
Michael Shank Racing takes eighth on Glen grid
(Watkins Glen, NY)- 11 August 05-- Mike Borkowski bested the Watkins Glen short course track record he has held for two years by over two seconds, but will line up eighth on the grid in the in the Mears Motor Coach Pontiac-Riley combination for Friday's CompUSA 200 after getting caught in traffic during the fifteen minute qualifying session. Borkowski's fastest lap clocked in at 1:09.383-seconds for an average of over 127 miles an hour.
The qualifying effort is the seventh time that the team has qualified in the top ten this season, and while the result wasn't quite what the team had been hoping for, the car has shown good pace in practice on the fast track, and the team is confident following taking their second podium result of the season in July's Barber event.
"That was a tough deal for us because we had a great gap from the other cars as the session started, but after the first black flag, we were caught in the traffic when we got back out on track and Mike really couldn't get a clean lap in," said team owner Mike Shank. "The car is definitely better than where we are qualified, though, so we will just keep working at it and should be fine for the race."
Borkowski, who graduated from nearby Cornell University, is teaming up with Canadian Kenny Wilden for the race, a potent combination that scored a fifth place finish at Laguna Seca and most recently a third place podium appearance at Barber Motorsports Park.
"That was a difficult session because I made some passes right as it started and had a clear track ahead, but then someone spun off into the gravel trap," said Borkowski. "Then, when we went back to green, I was behind the guy who'd spun off, and he hadn't gone back to the pits so he was spraying rocks and debris all over my car. I had to stay on the pace, though, because these sessions are fast, and can end just like that, so we couldn't really get anything else more of the situation."
The session in fact did end early, as yet another car spun off and into the barriers to end the session before the scheduled fifteen minutes had elapsed, keeping the team from getting an opportunity to improve.
The condensed schedule for the CompUSA at the Glen will provide the team with one more hour of practice on Thursday night, with no track activity scheduled until the race starts at 6:00 PM EST on Friday. The race will be shown tape-delayed on Speed Channel beginning at 10:00 PM EST on Friday evening.