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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Fourth at Road America

    Posted August 9, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Elkhart Lake, Wis. (7 August 2016) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian had been hoping to return to the podium at Road America for the third time at the track, but a race that turned into a fuel conservation strategy for the team at the historic 4-mile circuit saw drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri finish fourth on Sunday. The result extends the team’s streak of top-five finishes at the Wisconsin road course, having never finished outside of the top-five in six races.

    After topping the first practice day on Friday with the quickest lap of the day, Michael Shank Racing was hopeful of a positive outing in Sunday’s 2 hour and 40 minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.

    The No. 60 Honda Ligier JS P2 started among the PC field after an off during qualifying prevented Pew from delivering a flying lap. And the car showed promise in the early going with Pew making his way up through the PC field to maintain track position to the Prototypes before pitting to hand the car over to Negri just under the 1 hour mark.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Looking for Podium Return at Road America

    Posted August 1, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    CONTINENTAL TIRE ROADRACE SHOWCASE: Round 8 of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

    TRACK: 4.048-miles with 14 turns, Road America is a historic track known for its various challenging aspects. The track is one that has so much history, the corners have names instead of numbers. The Moraine Sweep, Hurray Downs, The Carousel, The Kink, Kettle Bottoms, Canada Corner, Thunder Valley and the Road America straight all combine for a thrilling lap.

    ROAD AMERICA DRIVERS: John Pew and Ozz Negri

    EYE ON THE PODIUM: Michael Shank Racing tasted the spray of champagne earlier this year with a victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and then again with a third place finish in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen. Traditionally strong at Road America, Michael Shank Racing looks for its return to the podium this Sunday.

    MSR’S STRENGTH AT ROAD AMERICA: John Pew and Ozz Negri have never finished outside of the top-five since first running at Road America with Michael Shank Racing in 2011. Those five top-five finishes include two podium finishes – third in 2012 and second in 2014.

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  • Matt McMurry Focused Forward with 2016 IMSA Campaign

    Matt McMurry Focused Forward with 2016 IMSA Campaign

    Posted July 28, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    VIDEO: Take Two Laps around CTMP with Matt McMurry

    Pataskala, Ohio (28 July 2016) – Since Matt McMurry last raced for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian as a 17 year old at the 2015 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-finale at Road Atlanta, the young racing talent has kept busy. Not only has McMurry been a regular competitor in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but he’s also graduated from high school and enrolled in college.

    The 2016 IMSA season has seen McMurry race at tracks across the country from Daytona to Laguna Seca to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to Lime Rock Park in both GT and LMPC machinery. In fact, the Phoenix, Arizona-based racer is fresh off of his best finish of the year with a fourth place result at Lime Rock.

    McMurry’s made three IMSA GTD class race starts for Park Place Motorsports driving a Porsche GT3 R (and sits sixth in the very competitive North American Endurance Championship point standings) and four IMSA LMPC class starts in an Oreca FLM09 for BAR1 Motorsports.Matt McMurry 02

    “Since the last time I was competing with Michael Shank Racing, I’ve been driving for Park Place and BAR1,” said McMurry. “They’ve been great. It’s the first time I’ve really done any GT racing and I’ve been doing it with Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Lindsey. We’ve been doing really well, but we’ve had some bad luck in each race. We had a differential fail, we’ve had four flat tires in one race, and we had an engine blow. And those were all when we were in the top-five and running well. I’ve been running some of the shorter races with BAR1 and those have been going pretty well too.”

    His 2016 race endeavors have allowed McMurry to continue building his relationship with Michael Shank Racing as he races alongside the Ohio team in the IMSA series.

    “I see the Shank guys every race weekend so I stop by the pit stand, say hello, and see how they’re doing,” added McMurry. “We’re just keeping the conversations going and seeing how their plans for next year are developing and seeing what we can do next year. We’re just keeping all the connections there with an eye toward the future.”

    Similarly, Team Owner Mike Shank has been keeping an eye on McMurry’s races this year as well.

    “I’ve taken an interest in Matt (McMurry) since we started working together in 2015,” said Shank. “Watching him develop has been great. The combination of GT and PC experience he is getting this year is invaluable and I look forward to continue working with Matt in the coming years. The last time Matt tested with us he was right on pro times. He’s getting stronger and stronger and I love that about him.”

    While the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship winds down with just four more races on the 2016 calendar, McMurry’s schedule is now ramping up after a break in his studies during the summer.

    “I graduated high school in May and now I’m getting ready to go to college at the University of California Irvine and study aerospace and mechanical engineering,” offered McMurry, who says UCI has agreed to treat him as an athlete academically so that racing can continue as a priority. “I’ve already had orientation and in a few weeks I’ll go to California with classes starting on September 22nd. So I’ll be balancing my racing career and school a little bit once we get into the fall races, but that’s nothing I’m not already used to handling successfully.”

    Both McMurry and Michael Shank Racing will be in action at Road America next weekend. McMurry will campaign the No. 20 LMPC machine for BAR1 Motorsports alongside Bruno Junquiera. Michael Shank Racing will once again field the No. 60 Honda-Ligier with full time drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri.

  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Faces Frustration at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

    Posted July 10, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (10 July 2016) – Hoping for another big result following a podium run at Watkins Glen last weekend, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian faced frustration at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship staged Round 7 of the 2016 070316_WGI_BC101991championship.

    After showing well in practice and posting the second-fastest time in theSunday morning warm up, a combination of unfortunate events saw John Pew and Ozz Negri finish sixth in the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix.

    Pew started the race from the fourth row after qualifying the No. 60 Honda-Ligier seventh on Saturday. When the green flag flew for the 2 hour, 40 minute race, he worked to stay with the lead group of prototypes and traffic was a key element as the prototype class encountered the three other slower classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship just seven minutes into the race.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Carries Podium Momentum North to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

    Posted July 5, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    MOBIL 1 SPORTSCAR GRAND PRIX: Round 7 of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

    TRACK: 2.459 miles, featuring 10 corners. Known for its fast, sweeping segments, CTMP is located in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada070316_WGI_BC101303

    CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK DRIVERS: John Pew and Ozz Negri

    PODIUM MOMENTUM: Michael Shank Racing is fresh off of a podium finish of third in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen held last weekend. John Pew, Ozz Negri, and Olivier Pla combined for the team’s first-ever podium finish in the Sahlen’s 6 Hour after having placed fourth in the race six times. At the final restart with 15 minutes to go in the race, Pla delivered a stellar run in the final laps as he chased down the two Daytona Prototypes ahead, but without the same corner-exit torque and speed of the Daytona Prototypes, he was unable to advance further up the order in the waning laps and took third at the checkered flag.

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