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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Set for Long Beach Sprint

    Posted April 18, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Long Beach, Calif. (17 April 2015) - Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will start the Tequila Patron SportsCar Showcase at Long Beach from seventh on the grid in Saturday’s 100-minute sprint race. The team arrived to Southern California looking forward to Round 3 of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as it debuts the No. 60 Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 at the track that holds over 40 years of racing history.

    John Pew, who shares the No. 60 Honda Ligier JS P2 with Ozz Negri, took to qualifying for the first time this season with Negri having qualified the car at both Daytona and Sebring.

    Just two practices were held on Friday prior to the 15-minute qualifying session and the Michael Shank Racing squad worked through some small issues on the car throughout the short amount of track time. The team made big gains on the car from the early morning practice session all the way up through the evening qualifying session.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Bound for Long Beach

    Posted April 15, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    camo bluePataskala, Ohio (15 April 2015) – Looking to convert some impressive speed into solid results, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian travels 2,300 miles West from its race shop in Pataskala, Ohio this weekend to the Streets of Long Beach, California for the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. It marks Round 3 of the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the first sprint race of the season.

    The 2015 championship opened with the two longest endurance races on the IMSA Calendar – the Rolex 24 and Sebring 12 – so the street sprint will be a change in gears for Michael Shank Racing drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri as they rev up for a 100-minute race through the downtown Long Beach streets.

    Michael Shank Racing looks to rebound from a frustrating finish in the previous event at Sebring one month ago when the No. 60 machine sustained heavy damage in a crash and retired from the race early. Long Beach could be an ideal place to do just that, as the race is a favorite among fans and teams alike.

    Boasting nearly 40 years of history, the Long Beach event is a highly anticipated one. The No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 will sport a new livery, featuring the classic Michael Shank Racing blue with a unique camo design.

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  • Disappointment for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian in Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

    Disappointment for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian in Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

    Posted March 22, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Sebring, Fla. (21 March 2015) – Michael Shank Racing Racing with Curb/Agajanian had been hoping for a big result in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday as the team debuted the No. 60 Tire Kingdom Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 in the iconic endurance event. Unfortunately, contact early on took the team out of contention for the result they had been targeting.

    John Pew, Ozz Negri, and Justin Wilson combined in the fan-favorite bright red No. 60 Tire Kingdom machine and were fast all weekend.  And though the big 12-hour race was on Saturday, Michael Shank Racing won a race of its own on Friday when the team rallied to make an engine change in record time in order to qualify the car.

    The engine swap was completed in four hours and 20 minutes which saw Negri put the car fourth on the grid for the historic Sebring event. The team worked well into the night on Friday to prepare the car for the race and hopes were high as the sun rose over Sebring International Raceway Saturday morning.

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  • Huge Team Effort from Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian to Put Tire Kingdom Fourth on the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Grid

    Huge Team Effort from Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian to Put Tire Kingdom Fourth on the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Grid

    Posted March 21, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Sebring, Fla. (20 March 2015) – It takes a team to win, and sometimes it takes one to even make it to the grid.

    About four and a half hours prior to qualifying at Sebring International Raceway on Friday, the Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian squad determined that there was an engine issue that would require a new motor for the No. 60 Tire Kingdom Ligier JS P2 prior to the 15-minute qualifying session.

    The always perseverant Michael Shank Racing rallied together as everyone went all hands on deck to make the engine swap in record time. With engineers, mechanics, and even team owner Mike Shank pitching in to help, the change was made in 4 hours and 20 minutes and the Tire Kingdom machine was on pit lane with minutes to spare before qualifying.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ready to Take on the 12 Hours of Sebring

    Posted March 16, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    012415_R24_BC_516312 - resizedPataskala, Ohio (16 March 2015) – As the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship stages Round 2 of the championship at Sebring International Raceway this weekend with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring  Fueled by “Fresh from Florida”, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is eager to take on the iconic circuit with its new Honda-powered Ligier JS P2.

    Michael Shank Racing’s No. 60 Tire Kingdom machine will make its 12 Hours of Sebring debut with full-season pilots John Pew and Ozz Negri. Justin Wilson will join the duo for the event which also marks Round 2 of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

    Wilson, who won the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona with the team, ran with Michael Shank Racing in last year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring when the squad debuted at the track in the inaugural season of the TUDOR Championship. His experience in P2 machinery (ALMS at Sebring in 2002 & 2004, 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2004) combined with the countless laps he’s driven in IndyCar testing at the track makes Wilson a stout addition to the Sebring line-up.

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