Drivers

  • John Pew

    Charlotte PanoarmasPew rejoins Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian to contest the full 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, sharing the Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 driving duties with co-driver Ozz Negri. Pew took his first IMSA race win in 2008, adding to a list of motorsports accomplishments spread across a wide variety of categories. Pew won the 2012 50th Anniversary running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona for Michael Shank Racing with co-drivers Ozz Negri, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Wilson.

    Pew’s motorsports career is a logical extension of his off-shore pursuits, having sailed over 100,000 miles throughout the North Atlantic and North and South Pacific Oceans with his wife Stephanie.

     

    Follow John on Twitter: @JohnPew1

    Official Web Site: johnpewracing.com

    Ozz Negri

    Charlotte PanoarmasDon't let Negri's quiet, humble manner deceive you. He's one of the fastest drivers out there. Negri has scored a podium finish in every season of IMSA competition going back to his first full effort in 2004. With a pedigree that includes rubbing elbows, and sometimes wheels, with guys like Barrichello, Coulthard, and de Ferran, Negri has proven quick in anything he's ever driven.

    Negri put in a signature drive to close out the 2006 season, battling through the darkness to hold a bevy of chasers at bay and take his first IMSA victory at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. And as many in the paddock will attest, it isn't just Negri's lightning quick lap times that are impressive, he's also a highly sought-after driver coach, and clearly knows how to get the most out of a race car while making sure there's something in reserve for the finish.

    A father of two, Brazilian-born Negri has made his home in Miami. Negri returns to Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to partner with John Pew in the No. 60 Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 machine.

    Follow Ozz on Twitter: @OzzNegri

    Official Web Site: negrijr.com

    Olivier Pla

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    Olivier Pla joins Michael Shank Racing for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup in 2016 alongside John Pew and Ozz Negri. The four-race championship is held as part of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar season and includes the Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Sahlen's 6 Hours of the Glen, and the 10-hour Petit Le Mans.

    After starting his career in single-seater racing, Frenchman Olivier Pla has earned an enviable reputation in sports car racing during recent years. He first came to the attention of Nissan while competing in OAK Racing-entered LMP-2 cars, powered by the NISMO-tuned Nissan VK45DE V8 engine.

    Olivier is the perfect example of a sports car driver who has both outright speed and the consistency to excel in endurance racing.

    His 2014 WEC campaign aboard the Ligier saw him claim victories for Oak Racing in the 6 Hours of Silverstone, the 6 Hours of Spa, the 6 Hours of Fuji and the 6 Hours of Shanghai. He also stood on the podium with a result of third in the 6 Hours of COTA and 6 Hours of Bahrain.

    Pla contested the 2014 (sixth) and 2015 (engine) editions of the Rolex 24 as well as made eight starts in the world renowned 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    Follow Olivier on Twitter: @olivierpla

    Official Web Site: olivierpla.com

    AJ Allmendinger

    AJ Allmendinger headshot - webAllmendinger returns to Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian in 2016 for his 12th consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona event with the team. He has led laps in each Rolex 24 event and won the 2012 50th Anniversary of the race along with co-drivers Ozz Negri, John Pew, and Justin Wilson.

    He is the second-youngest driver to win the Formula Atlantic Championship and after climbing the open-wheel racing ladder and competing in Champ Car for three years, Allmendinger made the transition to stock cars in 2007.

    He currently competes full time in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition for JTG Daugherty Racing.

    Follow AJ on Twitter: @AJDinger

    Laurens Vanthoor

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    Belgian driver Laurens Vanthoor joins Michael Shank Racing for the 2016 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans which will mark his first start with the team. At 24 years of age, Vanthoor brings a wealth of experience to the American based Michael Shank Racing team. He campaigned the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Honda-Ligier package with Oak Racing last year and set the car’s best lap time during the race with a 3:38.251-second lap.

    Vanthoor began his racing career in karting before moving to the single-seater ranks of German F3 at the age of 16 in 2008. The following year, he became the youngest German F3 Champion ever. He made the transition to sports cars in 2012 and has tallied some major achievements. He won the Zolder 24 Hours in 2012, won the FIA GT title in 2013, and went on to win the Blancpain Endurance Title, the Blancpain GT Title and the 24 Hours of Spa in 2014. Last year, he won the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in the new Audi R8 LMS.

    Follow Laurens on Twitter: @VanthoorLaurens

    Official Website:  laurensvanthoor.be

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