Based in Columbus, Ohio, Michael Shank Racing was formed in 1989 when Mike Shank first began driving racing cars professionally. Shank retired from the cockpit in 1997 to focus his efforts on running the team, which quickly found success in the Champ Car Toyota Atlantic Championship.
With several race wins under his belt, Shank was named as Team Owner of the Year twice in four years. Michael Shank Racing joined the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in 2004 in the Daytona Prototype ranks as the team proved as quick in endurance racing as in the sprint formula car format. The team scored a dramatic victory in the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona, winning the race and also finishing third.
In December of 2013, Michael Shank Racing set a new speed record when Colin Braun turned the fastest lap ever recorded on the Daytona International Speedway oval in the team’s Ford Ecoboost-powered Daytona Prototype. The 222.971mph, 40.364 second lap was enough to secure a spot in the record books. The effort also set new records for 10 km from a standing start and 10 miles from a standing start.
When the GRAND-AM Series and American Le Mans Series merged to form the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014, Michael Shank Racing became the first team to utilize Ford’s new 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 Ecoboost engine. The Shank organization completed the season sixth in the championship with a best finish of second at Road America.
2015 opened a new era for Michael Shank Racing when the squad transitioned to a P2 car after 10 years of Daytona Prototype competition. The 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona marked the team’s debut with its new Ligier JS P2 car as well as its new engine platform with Honda. Longtime Michael Shank Racing driver Ozz Negri put the new Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 package on the pole for the classic 24-hour race to open the season in a big way.
After finishing fifth in the Rolex 24, Michael Shank Racing went on to claim three podium results at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Grand Prix of Detroit, and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2015. The team finished sixth in the IMSA Championship standings with six top-five finishes.