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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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  • Mike Shank Set to Host Racing News Television Show – Pit Pass

    Posted February 20, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    shank pit passColumbus, Ohio (20 February 2014) – For Ohio race fans, there is a new way to catch up on the latest racing news as Mike Shank and former Ohio State and NFL player Matt Finkes will once again join forces as hosts of a new television show.

    Beginning with the first-ever broadcast on February 21, Time Warner Cable Sports Channel will televise the new weekly show, Pit Pass, every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM ET.

    Shank and Finkes formerly hosted the Rocky Fork Power Hour, a weekly Columbus, Ohio radio show that delved into all things racing from NASCAR to IndyCar to sportscars, with Shank also showcasing insights into his own IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race team based in Pataksala, Ohio.

    “It’s crazy how this has grown because Mike was just on the (radio) show as a guest and then we started having him on all the time and he was the co-host, and now we’re taking on this new show by moving to TV,” said Finkes, who has found himself recruited to help Shank’s pit crew on occasion. “This is a big challenge, to add the visual element of what we are doing from the radio show, but it is pretty exciting and I think fans are going to have fun watching.”

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  • Strong Debut for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian in new Honda-Powered Ligier

    Posted January 25, 2015 By in MSR News With | Comments Off

    No. 60 Tire Kingdom/Curb Records Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 shows well in 24-hour debut as Michael Shank Racing fastest car at Rolex 24

    012415_R24_BC_514111 - resizedDaytona Beach, Fla. (25 January 2015) – When Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian entered the gates of Daytona International Speedway for the 53rd running of the iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona, the team understood the challenge that lay ahead as it opens a new chapter for the organization with its new Ligier JS P2 car and new Honda engine platform. But the Ohio-based squad was confident in its new package and rose to the challenge in a big way.

    In six on-track sessions held throughout the Rolex 24 event, Michael Shank Racing’s No. 60 Tire Kingdom Ligier JS P2 Honda set the fastest time in every single one of them. Longtime Shank driver Ozz Negri led the way in Thursday’s qualifying to deliver the team its second Rolex 24 pole and third overall pole.

    NASCAR Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger set the fastest race lap during the twice around the clock event with a time of 1:39.576-seconds as Michael Shank Racing demonstrated the potential of the new package and went six-for-six with the quickest time in each session.

    Negri and Allmendinger combined with John Pew and Matt McMurry for the team’s 12th consecutive start in the event. McMurry made history when he became the youngest driver ever to drive a prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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