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  • Katherine Legge to Team with Ozz Negri in Honda-powered Ligier at Belle Isle for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian

    Posted May 17, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Media notes:
    - Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian:

    • Set for Le Mans Test Day on June 4, Le Mans debut June 18-19
    • Won most recent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
    • Detroit entry set to continue string of consecutive Prototype starts (155 races since 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona) for Michael Shank Racing
    • Finished 2nd in the 2015 Detroit IMSA race with John Pew and Ozz Negri
    • Honda currently holds a four-point advantage in the IMSA Manufacturer Championship

    - Ligier and Detroit Debut for Legge
    - Kevin Doran providing team support

    For Detroit releasePataskala, Ohio. (17 May 2016) – Fresh from a breakthrough victory in the most recent round of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is pleased to announce that the team will race in Detroit’s IMSA Sports Car Classic on June 4th with the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Honda-powered Ligier.

    Michael Shank Racing’s full team will be based in Europe starting in the end of May, and the IMSA outing will be made in parallel with the Ohio-based team’s preparations for its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut on June 18-19.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Victorious in Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

    Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Victorious in Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

    Posted May 2, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Media Notes:

    • A combination of shrewd strategy, excellent pit work, and quick laps by drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri saw the team score its first victory since winning the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 in 2012
    • Ozz Negri took the checkered flag with a lead margin of 30 seconds over the second place car after 2 hours of racing
    • The result marked the second consecutive podium for the team at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after scoring third in the 2015 IMSA event
    • John Pew made his first prototype start in 2007 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; the 2016 event was his 111th prototype start
    • The victory is the fifth for Michael Shank Racing and the team’s 33rd podium finish

    Monterey, Calif. (1 May 2016) – After showing remarkable speed and leading over a hundred laps at Daytona and Sebring to open the season, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian broke through to deliver the result that the team had been targeting on Sunday with a huge victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    Michael Shank Racing drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri drove to a convincing win in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda. It was the first win for the team since its victory in the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona when the Pataskala, Ohio-based team stood atop the Daytona podium in the 50th Anniversary running of the event.

    It was a combination of sharp strategy calls, perfect pit stop execution, and flawless driving that saw the team take the checkered flag first in line.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ready to Sprint in Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

    Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ready to Sprint in Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

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

    Monterey, Calif. (30 April 2016) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is ready to move forward in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda on Sunday in a two-hour sprint race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    After setting the third quickest time in each of the three practice sessions held ahead of Saturday’s 15-minute qualifying run, Michael Shank Racing’s No. 60 Honda-Ligier JS P2 shared by John Pew and Ozz Negri, will start the race from eighth on the in the 24 car combined GTLM and Prototype class grid.

    The Northern California weather was constantly changing, and Friday brought very cool and windy conditions. Saturday was warmer, but the chill in the air returned in time for the evening qualifying run.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Continues West Coast Swing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

    Posted April 25, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    CONTINENTAL TIRE MONTEREY GRAND PRIX: Round 4 of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

    TRACK: 2.238 miles, featuring 11 corners at the permanent road course facility located in Monterey, California

    MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA DRIVERS: John Pew and Ozz Negri  Read More »

  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Seventh at Long Beach

    Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Seventh at Long Beach

    Posted April 17, 2016 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Long Beach Grand Prix, April 2016Long Beach, Calif. (16 April 2016) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian held on to a seventh place finish through the streets of Long Beach on Saturday with drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri wheeling the No. 60 Honda-powered Ligier to the checkered flag in the 100-minute sprint race.

    The Ohio-based squad made gains on the No. 60 machine, which featured another sleek new livery from team partner AERO Advanced Paint Technology, through the weekend but faced an uphill battle at the concrete-lined temporary street circuit. The nimble Ligier doesn’t have the power off of the corners that the drivers of the big displacement V8s of the Daytona Prototype enjoy, which left Pew and Negri fighting to keep up through each corner of the 1.968-mile course.

    “We made a lot of improvements on the car, but we just don’t have the torque that we need at a track like this,” said Pew. “I think they have to think about what to do about that in the future. You catch up to a car and do a good laptime but you just can’t pass them coming out of the corners. Dale (Wise) our engineer did a fantastic job. The car is handling well, we just tried to stay out of trouble and have a race with a decent finish.”

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