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  • 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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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Third in Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen

    Posted July 4, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    -          First Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen podium result
    -          Fastest lap of the weekend as Olivier Pla turns 1:34.515-second lap
    -          Honda leads Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup championship, second in IMSA Manufacturer Championship

    podiumWatkins Glen, N.Y. (3 July 2016) – It was another big day for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship staged its sixth race of the season with the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen event at Watkins Glen International. Drivers John Pew, Ozz Negri and Olivier Pla combined for a third place result in the six-hour classic to mark the team’s first-ever Sahlen’s 6 hour podium.

    The positive result was a combination of strategy, experience and excellent car preparation, and came on a picture-perfect day at the Glen with sunny skies and pleasant temperatures on hand for the full day of running.

    Negri opened the race from the second row after qualifying the No. 60 Honda-Ligier third on the grid for the six-hour classic. The race ran at a furious pace, and following a clean and consistent stint, Negri pitted about one hour and 30 minutes in and handed the car over to Pla.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Returns Stateside for Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen

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

    SAHLEN’S 6 HOURS OF THE GLEN: Round 6 of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship061516_lemans_BC70581

    WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL: The 3.4-mile, 11-turn permanent road course in upstate New York is a driver and fan favorite.

    6 HOURS OF THE GLEN DRIVERS: John Pew, Ozz Negri, Olivier Pla

    FRESH OFF LE MANS: Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian completed one of the toughest events in motorsport two weeks ago to take a ninth place LMP2 class finish in the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Taking the checkered flag after 24 hours of racing reflected a strong team response to a number of challenges and potential setbacks in the lead up to, and throughout, the race, all of which were responded to with the determination by the tight-knit American team to make it through to the checkered flag. Not only was the Michael Shank Racing team of John Pew, Ozz Negri and Laurens Vanthoor credited with a ninth place class finish, the group also placed 14th overall among 60 cars.

    LE MANS VIDEO: http://www.michaelshankracing.com/video-michael-shank-racing-le-mans-2016/

    Also racing at Le Mans was Olivier Pla, who competes full time in the World Endurance Championship for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK. He and his team finished fourth in the GTE Pro category in the No. 66 Ford GT.

    PLA BACK FOR THE GLEN: Olivier Pla is back with Michael Shank Racing for the third round of the North American Endurance Cup which features the four longer endurance races on the 2016 IMSA schedule. In his previous race with the team, Pla put the No. 60 Honda-Ligier on Pole at Sebring and was in podium contention in the final stages of the 12-hour race before a broken suspension took the team out just one lap shy of the checkered flag.

    The Glen event marks Olivier Pla’s first-ever start at the historic Watkins Glen International.

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  • VIDEO: Michael Shank Racing – Le Mans 2016

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    MSR – Le Mans 2016 from V-Prod By Virginie Dulauroy on Vimeo.

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