- Practice pays off as Vanthoor shines in the rain, leading the LMP2 field
- 14th overall, ninth in huge LMP2 class
- 24 hour race marks completion of 30 days in Europe for Michael Shank Racing
- Team overcomes setbacks (Test Day crash, Motor change / penalty, contact late in race), adapts to new track, rules, co-driver, and tires
- MSR leads race early and races all the way to the finish
- Focus now forward to Watkins Glen and Mosport back-to-back IMSA weekends
- Preparation started one year ago when Pew and Shank visited 2015 running of Le Mans 24
Le Mans, France (19 June 2016) – Racing on a global stage that included 263,500 spectators on hand to watch the race in person, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian completed one of the toughest events in motorsport this weekend to take a ninth place LMP2 class finish in the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Taking the checkered flag after 24 hours of racing reflected a strong team response to a number of challenges and potential setbacks in the lead up to, and through, the race. All of which were responded to with the determination by the tight-knit American team to make it through to the checkered flag.
Vanthoor quickest of P2 cars in rainy third qualifying session
Le Mans, France (16 June 2016) – The second day of on track action at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a little busier than the Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian team had anticipated. A crack in the engine oil pan was discovered during routine maintenance on the No. 49 Honda Ligier machine which forced the first-time Le Mans squad to swap engines prior to the event’s second qualifying session held Thursday evening.
The determined Michael Shank Racing crew worked through the day to make the motor change and had the car back in prime form in time for the evening qualifying runs.
Le Mans, France (15 June 2016) – After over 30 days on the road working toward a singular goal, the Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Le Mans 24 Hour effort suffered a setback on Thursday as the team discovered a crack in the oil pan that will force an engine change for the first-time Le Mans squad. The team, which posted the fastest lap in the initial qualifying session among the Ligier entries and was fifth in the LMP2 class, is working through replacing the Honda powerplant with a new unit ahead of Thursday evening’s two practice qualifying sessions.