Long Beach, Calif. (12 April 2014) – Hopes were high for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian after scoring a spot on the front row in the debut appearance of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at the Long Beach street circuit, but the shortest race of the year didn’t yield the results the team had been looking for.
John Pew and Ozz Negri were classified with a ninth in class result with the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost/Riley at the end of the 100-minute Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase on Saturday for Round 3 of the 2014 TUDOR Championship.
But the tough day at least saw the team show impressive speed as Negri carded the fastest lap of the race with a blistering 1:16.007-second tour of the 2-mile temporary street circuit.
Pew opened the race from the front row, but heading into the first corner, had to deal with a balky gearbox while also finding himself muscled into the tire barrier wall as the field tried to go three wide through the tight first corner. The gearbox was slow to respond to inputs, creating a big delay before Pew was able to engage first gear and get going again as he fought from a lap down.