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  • Ozz Negri Earns Eye Respect ‘Spirit of the Race’ Award

    Ozz Negri Earns Eye Respect ‘Spirit of the Race’ Award

    Posted July 17, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Pataskala, Ohio (16 July 2015) – Ozz Negri didn’t just earn some champagne spray and a new trophy with his run to third place with co-driver John Pew at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, he also earned another accolade from the international audience that tunes in to IMSA Radio with host John Hindaugh as Negri was awarded the Eye Respect “Spirit of the Race” Award.

    The Spirit of the Race is a fan-voted achievement presented by IMSA Radio. Fans tweet in their nominations during each race event and the driver with the most nominations wins the award.

    Even before the news broke of the added challenge that he faced during the race, Negri was selected for his performance in what was a very challenging race for the renown triathlete.

    Just laps into Negri’s two-hour long stint, the power steering on the No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda failed, making the car nearly impossible to drive on the high-speed circuit that features high loading forces through the long duration corners.  A loss of power steering on any track would make driving difficult, but especially at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the challenge was all the more daunting.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian’s Ozz Negri Perseveres to Podium Finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

    Posted July 12, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    - Fastest lap of the race: Ozz Negri (1:10.200-seconds)
    - Stout qualifying and opening race stint from John Pew
    - The No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 led 18 laps
    - Ironman, Iron Arms: Ozz Negri battles through nearly two hours without power steering and water

    podiumBowmanville, Ont. (12 July 2015) – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian returned to the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship podium on Sunday with a brave run to third place with drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri in the No. 60 Honda-powered Ligier JS P2. The third place finish marks the third podium of the season for Michael Shank Racing (2nd at Detroit & 3rd at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca), which has impressed in its first-year campaign with the Ligier-Honda combination.

    The team had high hopes for the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park race visit, and with the group posting impressive times through practice and qualifying, that optimism held as the two hour and forty minute race took the green flag.

    Pew scored sixth on the grid on the strength of a qualifying session that saw him post a time just over one second behind the pole-winner. That result followed several good practice sessions in which he ran just seven tenths off the fast time. A conservative race start saw him fall back to seventh on the start before asserting himself to move up to fifth.

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  • Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Heads North to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

    Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Heads North to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

    Posted July 6, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    Pataskala, Ohio (6 July 2015) – It was a quick turnaround for Ohio’s Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian following the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen held less than two weeks ago. And with the Glen event not having yielded the result the team had hoped for due to a broken suspension part, Michael Shank Racing heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ontario for Round 7 of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship targeting another podium performance.

    Prior to the Glen, Michael Shank Racing drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri had scored podiums at both Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and at Detroit. It was a welcome boost for the team, who despite showing pole-winning pace at Daytona, was not able to bring home the result to show for it.

    Now, as the organization travels to CTMP with its No. 60 Ligier JS P2 powered by Honda, the team is cautiously optimistic. The track is known for how fast it is, and its high-speed corners could favor the P2 machine, which features a higher level of downforce and lighter weight than the Daytona Prototypes to carry speed through the corners.

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

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

    Posted June 28, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    062715_WGI_18bc_27827Watkins Glen, N.Y. (28 June 2015) – Despite hundreds of hours of preparation helping the team arrive for the event well-prepared and highly competitive, a promising start to the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen event came to a disappointing and early end for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian after a broken suspension took the team out of the race early after 3 hours and 27 minutes of running.

    The result was all the more frustrating for the Ohio-based team, which had led all three practice sessions leading up to the event.

    Hopes of securing the pole position with the No. 60 Honda-powered Ligier JS P2, which showcased a brand new bright orange and silver livery, were high. Unfortunately, heavy rains on Saturday afternoon saw IMSA abandon the qualifying session, with Michael Shank Racing set for sixth on the grid set by points.

    Undeterred, the squad was ready to move forward with driver Ozz Negri tabbed to start the race. He delivered a great start in the No. 60 machine, moving up three positions in a matter of corners.

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  • Michael Shank Racing Carries Podium Momentum to Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen

    Michael Shank Racing Carries Podium Momentum to Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen

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

    Notes:

    • New bright orange livery from AERO for the six-hour race
    • Mike Shank and John Pew attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans in preparation for 2016
    • Ozz Negri, John Pew, and Matt McMurry tested at the Glen following the Detroit race
    • MSR has finished fourth in the six hour at the Glen six times (’06, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’13) – will 2015 be a podium year for the team in the Honda-powered Ligier JS P2?
    • MSR stood on the podium in the previous two races: 3rd at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca & 2nd at Detroit
    • Ozz Negri and then co-driver Burt Frisselle took a podium finish of second in 2004 for Michael Shank Racing on the Glen’s short course

    Pataskala, Ohio (22 June 2015) – Michael Shank Racing rides a wave of momentum into the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen this weekend after scoring two consecutive podium results in the previous two races of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the Streets of Belle Isle in Detroit. The Watkins Glen event marks Round 6 of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship as well as the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

    Though there hasn’t been any race action since the run through the streets of Detroit a month ago, the Michael Shank Racing squad hasn’t slowed down.

    Following the Detroit round, Michael Shank Racing drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri were joined by Matt McMurry in a test at the Watkins Glen road course in upstate New York. The trio logged plenty of laps in the No. 60 Honda-powered Ligier JS P2.

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