Michael Shank Racing, with drivers Ozz Negri and John Pew, brought its Ligier-Honda home to a seventh-place finish Saturday on the streets of Long Beach, California, in the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, the first of two sprint format temporary street circuit events in the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Following Honda-powered victories at the two opening endurance races this year – the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring – the Shank team came to Long Beach with realistic expectations following “balance of performance” adjustments made to the twin-turbocharged Honda V6 engine.
Starting eighth in the hands of Pew, the Shank team enjoyed a trouble-free run throughout the 100-minute contest, with Pew handing off to co-driver Negri at the single scheduled mid-race pit stop. Negri’s run to the checkers was likewise free of any incidents or issues, but the team was only able to improve one position, finishing seventh.
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