HISTORY

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.

The 2016 season was a big one for Michael Shank Racing in its second year with the Honda-Ligier. The team made its debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with John Pew, Ozz Negri and Belgian racer Laurens Vanthoor. The group took ninth in their debut event – a culmination of the huge effort put forth by every single team member.

Likewise it was a big year for the team in IMSA competition. Pew and Negri combined to take victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and followed that up with a third place podium result in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen when they were joined by the team’s endurance driver Olivier Pla of France. Pla put the Honda-Ligier on the pole at both Sebring and Petit

Olivier Pla / Ozz Negri / John Pew

2016 PETIT LE MANS CHAMPIONS

With a driver line up that featured a Frenchman, a Brazilian-born American, and an American, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian provided the racing demonstration of the American Dream as the Ohio-based team won the final race in the IMSA Daytona Prototype era with a tremendous victory in the 19th running of the Petit Le Mans
The 2016 Petit Le Mans marked Michael Shank Racing’s 250th Prototype start and was also longtime Michael Shank Racing driver John Pew’s final race with the team before retiring from IMSA racing. The team could not have closed out the era in a better way. After starting from the pole, Michael Shank Racing dominated the race and claimed victory in the 2016 season-ending event. Michael Shank Racing placed fourth in the championship standings which marked the team’s best championship finish in its history.

The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sees Michael Shank Racing embark on a new project with the Acura NSX GT3. Competing in the GTD category for the first time after 13 years in the Prototype ranks, Michael Shank Racing fields a two-car Acura NSX GT3 effort.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2004: Launched Rolex Series effort, finished Rolex 24 at Daytona in first try. Scored podium finish in the next race (Homestead Miami Speedway) and added a second podium finish at Watkins Glen.
  • 2005: Paul Mears and Mike Borkowski full time drivers, with Ozz Negri and Mark Patterson running select schedule that netted a pole and podium.
  • 2006: Runner-up finish in Rolex 24 At Daytona with AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri, Mark Patterson, and Justin Wilson
  • 2007: Penske drivers joined MSR for Rolex 24, but contact from another car thwarted chance at return to podium
  • 2008: Ozz Negri set track record in Rolex 24 At Daytona qualifying for Michael Shank Racing before team closed out season by winning two final races.
  • 2009: Two-car Daytona Prototype effort (Michael Valiante & John Pew, No. 6 Ford-Riley, Mark Patterson & Ozz Negri No. 60 Ford-Riley) with podium results for both teams.
  • 2010: Two-car Daytona Prototype program once again claimed podiums, and the team staged a huge come back following a disaster Glen 6 Hour fire to score its best-ever result of second the next weekend at Michael Shank Racing’s home track of Mid-Ohio
  • 2011: Three-car Rolex 24 At Daytona effort saw all three entries finish in the top-10 with no mechanical issues; Pew and Negri added to podium tally with Memorial Day run to second place at Lime Rock Park.
  • 2012: The team scored a breakthrough victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with drivers Ozz Negri, John Pew, AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson in the No. 60 Ford-Riley. It was a double podium for the team in the prestigious event as the sister Michael Shank Racing No. 6 Ford-Riley finished third with drivers Michael McDowell, Gustavo Yacaman, Jorge Goncalvez, and Felipe Nasr. Pew and Negri nabbed three podiums and five top-five results.
  • 2013: Michael Shank Racing returned to a full-season two-car effort and took home three podium finishes. The year kicked off with a return trip to the Rolex 24 podium for John Pew, Ozz Negri, AJ Allmendinger, and Justin Wilson who finished third after having won the historic event in 2012. Pew and Negri rebounded from a practice crash with the No. 60 Ford-Riley when GRAND-AM debuted at Kansas Speedway to ultimately take third in the race. Gustavo Yacaman teamed with Justin Wilson in the No. 6 Daytona Prototype at Lime Rock Park and delivered Michael Shank Racing’s best finish of the year when the duo finished runner-up in GRAND-AM’s final race.
  • 2014: Fielded the No. 60 Ford Ecoboost Riley with full season drivers Ozz Negri and John Pew. Three top-five finishes during the year with a runner-up podium finish at Road America
  • 2015: Transitioned to an LMP2 Honda-Ligier and scored the pole at Daytona with Ozz Negri at the wheel. The team claimed two podium finishes of third at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
  • 2016: Second year for the team with the LMP2 Honda-Ligier. Olivier Pla put the car on pole at both Sebring and Petit Le Mans. Michael Shank Racing scored victories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Petit Le Mans (250th Prototype start for the team and John Pew’s final race with the team). The organization made its 24 Hours of Le Mans debut and led two laps en route to a ninth place finish