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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ready For 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with Pew and Negri

    Posted November 7, 2014 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Daytona Prototype for Rolex 24 before moving to all-new JS P2 Ligier Prototype for Sebring and beyond

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    Pataskala, Ohio (7 November 2014) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will return to IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competition in 2015, with longtime Shank drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri teaming up for a full-season campaign in the top Prototype class.

    “This is really exciting news for me and this entire team,” said Shank. “Getting John and Ozz back, I think we’ve got all the tools we need to be successful in 2015.”

    The Ohio-based team will utilize the familiar Riley/EcoBoost Daytona Prototype combination for the season opening 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona as Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian pursues a second victory in the prestigious endurance race. The organization won the 2012 event with Pew and Negri who were joined by AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson.

    The second round of the 2015 TUDOR Championship at Sebring International Raceway will see the Shank squad arrive with a new technical package, moving to the Ligier JS P2 Prototype. The closed-cockpit Prototype was constructed by Onroak Automotive, making its competition debut in the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans before winning the Six Hours of Fuji in October and the Six Hours of Shanghai in FIA World Endurance Championship competition last weekend.

    “I’m very happy to be returning to race for Mike (Shank) again,” said Pew, who has raced for Michael Shank Racing since 2007.  “We’re thrilled to be back to contest for the 2015 TUDOR Championship, and having the opportunity to move to the new Ligier JS P2 is very exciting. The Michael Shank Racing team works so hard at the track as well as away from it and I know they’ll be working hard over the off season to have us as prepared as ever for the new season. Driving with Ozz is great. He continues to push me and everyone else on the team to succeed and we’re even more motivated to do so this year.”

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  • Ultra-Durable AERO Advanced Paint Technology™ Withstands Season-long track exposure

    Posted October 29, 2014 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Courtesy of rethinkpaint.com

    shank aeroColumbus, OH – AERO Advanced Paint Technology™ sets a new standard in durability for motorsports applications. By engineering the properties of AERO to meet the demands of the aerospace industry, the AERO team was able to leverage the best qualities of protective films along with the aesthetic value of spray applied paints into a single stage applique film. The result is a lightweight, easy-to-install paint that will stand up to the rigorous track environment without degradation.

    Michael Shank Racing continued to utilize AERO Advanced Paint Technology through the end of the 2014 Tudor United Sports Car Championship series (TUSCC) in the number 60 Ford EcoPower Riley prototype car. Throughout the season, the car’s livery was offended by stones, grit, and rubber, race after race. However, by painting the car with AERO, MSR was never required to swap out the livery due to chipping, abrasion, or erosion. The team ran the same hood and bumpers for the entire season without an issue, even in the high wear areas. Nonetheless, with changes in sponsorship and design, AERO’s easy-to-strip, easy-to-install proprietary adhesive gave Shank the ability to easily change the side panels on their own terms. This allowed for easy sponsorship additions, specialty livery options, and race-day changes.

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  • Ford EcoBoost Powers Three Endurance-Racing Wins, Seven Podiums in Rookie United SportsCar Championship Season

    Posted October 8, 2014 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Courtesy of Ford Racing

    • Twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 powered Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGR) and Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian (MSR) to three wins and seven podiums in its first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (USCC) competition in 2014

       

    • Ford EcoBoost V6 logs over 15,000 endurance racing miles in 2014 at the most demanding road racing tracks in North America, in races as long as 24 hours
     
    No 60_DaytonaDEARBORN, MI, (Oct. 7, 2014) – Ford EcoBoost technology propelled Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGR) and Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian (MSR) to three wins and seven podiums in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competition in 2014, including victories at the grueling 12 Hours of Sebring, Long Beach and Circuit of The Americas.

    The Roush Yates-prepped 3.5-liter Ford EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 logged over 15,000 endurance-racing miles in 2014 at 11 of the most demanding road racing tracks in North America, in all weather conditions and in races as long as 24 hours. Every mile provided an opportunity for development; every track provided a proving ground unlike any other.

    “Last year we won the championship with winning two races,” said Ganassi pilot and Sebring winner Scott Pruett. “We won three races this year. So things look good for 2015. It’s been a real up-and-down season, but these are the years that really bring you together as a team and a group.”
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  • Promising Pace with Fan Car at Petit Le Mans Does Not Deliver Hoped-for Result For Michael Shank Racing

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    Braselton, Ga. (4 October 2014) – As one of only two teams in the 52-car field that did not augment their driver line-up for the 10-hour Petit Le Mans enduro classic, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian knew they had their work cut out for them. But with two strong and fit drivers, encouraging performance in practice, and the hopes of hundreds of Michael Shank Racing fans whose photos adorned the Ford EcoBoost/Riley machine, the team was optimistic about closing the 2014 season on a high note.

    From a starting position on the third row, driver Oswaldo Negri Jr. made a huge start, charging to third by the end of the first lap. Settling into the rhythm of the race, the team looked well positioned for the day, though Negri did report some shifting problems in the early laps.

    Saturday’s cooler conditions definitely helped Ozz during his opening three-stint run.

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  • Third Row Start for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian in Petit Le Mans

    Posted October 4, 2014 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Braselton, Ga. (3 October 2014) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will start Saturday’s 17th running of the Petit Le Mans from the third row after Ozz Negri posted a fast lap time of 1:15.346-seconds to take sixth on the grid for the season ending 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event.

    Negri’s co-driver John Pew will open the 10-hour race from behind the wheel of the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ford EcoBoost/Riley machine before turning the car over to Negri to take to the finish. The duo is the only Prototype team completing the race with just two drivers.

    Michael Shank Racing opened the first practice session with a fast car right from the start, posting strong lap times in the mixed GTD and Prototype Class practice sessions.

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