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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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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Set for Petit Le Mans Debut

    Posted October 1, 2014 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Atlanta, Ga. (1 October 2014) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will be back in IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship action this weekend as the Columbus-based team heads south to Road Atlanta for the season-finale event.

    Michael Shank Racing drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri will partner in the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost/Riley entry in the Prototype class. The duo made a front row start at Long Beach earlier this season and scored a dramatic second place finish at Road America last month. The team has actively developed the first-year Ford EcoBoost/Riley package in its first season of IMSA competition and is looking to put the lessons learned this season to good use in the finale.

    The car will not only carry some well-earned know-how on the inside but it will also carry the faces of hundreds of Michael Shank Racing fans on the outside as the car sports a special livery for the 14th running of the Petit Le Mans. The “Shank Fan Shots Car” is just the latest one-off livery that the team has created in partnership with AERO Paints as Shank looks to pay tribute to the legions of fans that have supported the squad through all the years.

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  • Top-Five Finish for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian in Lone Star Le Mans

    Posted September 21, 2014 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Ford Racing 02Austin, Texas (20 September 2014)  – In racing, a moment can change the entire outcome of a race and that was exactly the case for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian in the penultimate round of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday. Both John Pew and Ozz Negri showed themselves strong in the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost Riley before tallying a fifth place finish at the checkers of the Lone Star Le Mans event.

    After a series of practice and qualifying sessions on Thursday and Friday, Pew took the green flag for the 2.75-hour race from seventh on the grid. Following an aborted first start, Pew raced hard in the No. 60 for the first hour and ran as high as second place before pitting to hand the car over to Negri to finish out the race.

    Unfortunately, just as the team was preparing to pit, the first and only caution period of the race fell and closed the pit lane, leaving Pew out on track with a quickly waning fuel load. Read More »

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