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  • Young Matt McMurry Set to Go the Distance for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian for 2015

    Posted December 17, 2014 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Le Mans veteran joins team for 2015 Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup Campaign

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    Media Contact: Julie Conlin, Sunday Group Management, julie@sundaymanagement.com

    03Pataskala, Ohio (17 December 2014) – As Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian debuts its new Ligier JS P2 in the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the team will also welcome a new driver to its roster as rising star Matt McMurry joins the 2012 Rolex 24-winning team for the 2015 Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup (NAEC).

    The 2015 NAEC schedule features four long-distance cornerstones of the IMSA calendar, starting with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobile 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen, and Petit Le Mans to close out the year.

    McMurry, who at 16 years old, became the youngest driver ever to compete in and finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year, will look to continue to grow his scope of experience this season in the Patron Endurance Cup for Michael Shank Racing.

    Though just having recently turned 17 in November, McMurry’s list of racing accomplishments continues to grow as he is set to become the youngest driver to campaign a Prototype machine in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Read More »

  • Matt McMurry Gallery

    Posted December 16, 2014 By in Uncategorized With | Comments Off

    The following images are available for media use courtesy of Matt McMurry Racing. For additional images or information, please contact Julie Conlin, Sunday Group Management, julie@sundaymanagement.com

     

  • Michael Shank Racing Partners with Honda

    Michael Shank Racing Partners with Honda

    Posted December 12, 2014 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Full-season IMSA TUDOR Championship Prototype class effort with Honda-powered Ligier JS P2

    Indianapolis, Ind. (12 December 2014) – Turning to the future, Michael Shank Racing will debut an all-new technical package for the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, as the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona championship squad has partnered with Honda Performance Development to power the team’s new Ligier JS P2 Prototype class entry.

    Michael Shank Racing drivers Ozz Negri and John Pew will share the driving duties for the 10-round championship, and will debut the new package in the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

    With over 230 Daytona Prototype starts to the team’s credit and over 32,000 laps completed, Michael Shank Racing has been competing in sportscar racing since 2004. The move to the Honda-powered Ligier platform will mark a significant new direction for the team, with several long term ambitions in mind.  Read More »

  • 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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