Austin, Texas (17 September 2016) – After showing impressive speed at the iconic Circuit of the Americas throughout a weekend that saw blistering hot weather conditions, a return to the podium was thwarted by contact made to the No. 60 Honda-Ligier mid-way through the Lone Star Le Mans event.
Looking to make the most strategic approach to deal with the intense Texas heat during Saturday’s 2 hour and 40 minute race, the Shank squad opted to have Ozz Negri open the race, turn the car over to John Pew for the middle segment, and then have Negri return to the car for the anchor stint.
Since Negri did not qualify the car on Friday, he opened the race from behind the PC field, per IMSA rules. He made quick work of moving forward and had passed every PC car within the first three laps of the race.