Watkins Glen, NY (3 June 2010)-Just days after Michael Shank Racing scored a second team podium result of the season when the No. 6 CAP & Associates Ford-Riley took third at Lime Rock Park with Brian Frisselle and Michael Valiante, the team will...
Watkins Glen, NY (3 June 2010)-Just days after Michael Shank Racing scored a second team podium result of the season when the No. 6 CAP & Associates Ford-Riley took third at Lime Rock Park with Brian Frisselle and Michael Valiante, the team will be back in race action at Watkins Glen for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal visit to the upstate New York facility and Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.
Joining the No. 6 CAP & Associates roster for Saturday's endurance outing will be long-time Michael Shank Racing pilot Mark Patterson, who has a pair of top-five finishes on the Watkins Glen 3.4-mile long course to his credit. Patterson, who has been keeping sharp with some Europe-based racing activities, last raced with the team at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"We are happy to have Mark back with the team driving the No. 6 CAP & Associates Ford-Riley," offered CAP & Associate's Jason Prosnik. "Mark has played such a big role in this team's success and I know he had all those years in the 60 car, but I'm happy to see him in the No. 6 this weekend!"
While the No. 6 CAP & Associates sports a three-man roster, the sister No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford-Riley will see a pair of drivers taking on the Six Hour, as John Pew and Oswaldo Negri team up once again. The Lime Rock Park race featured tremendous race pace for the duo, but a deflated tire late in the race put paid any hope of a podium result as Negri powered home to seventh at the checkered flag.
Heading into round six of the 2010 championship season, the Michael Shank Racing team entries are tied for fourth in the team championship standings.
"Lime Rock was an up-and-down kind of day for us, with the car that had initially not been as quick as we were hoping ending up on the podium, and then the 60 car being very fast at the end, but having the tire go down and we had to race back from nearly two laps down," said team owner Mike Shank. "So we had a little bit of everything.
"This is the first time that we've had both team cars tied in the points. We've always been strong at the Glen, and this team seems to rise to the occasion on the longer races. We went directly from Lime Rock to the Glen to start preparing for this race, so hopefully we can stay out of trouble with this weather, get into a good podium grove here, and go home with some good points and start working on Mid-Ohio.
Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hour is the second-longest race of the Rolex Sports Car season, but Friday will be no less of a long, intense day as the team looks to dial in the speed with four practice sessions ahead of qualifying (watch live at SPEED.COM), and then one more night practice to close out the day. A Saturday morning warm-up will give one more chance for final changes ahead of the 2:00 PM ET race start.
Those proceedings, and the race itself, might see interference from weather through the weekend. Sitting just off of Lake Geneva, Watkins Glen has long had fickle weather, and this weekend is likely to see that once again.