TEAM BIOS

MIKE SHANK / Team Owner

Mike Shank first started racing professionally in 1989, and quickly made a name for himself, earning notice as the SCCA-Ohio Valley Region Novice Driver of the Year. He didn’t lose any momentum as he moved up the ladder, taking the 1996 Toyota Atlantic C2 Championship before moving up to race in the Indy Racing League.

As he gained winning experience in the car, he put that knowledge to work as his team expanded to run other drivers and Shank eventually retired as a driver to focus on running and growing his team.

Competing in the Champ Car Toyota Atlantic Championship, Michael Shank Racing flourished with drivers like Kenny Wilden, Sam Hornish Jr., and Johnny Rutherford finding success with the team. Wilden scored runner-up in the 1999 Toyota Atlantic Championship, and Shank won “Team Owner of the Year” twice in four years before deciding to move his team into a new direction and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in 2004.

Shank, who himself had one start as a driver in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, oversaw his team’s adroit adaptation to the rigors of endurance racing, as the team led the first race they entered and finished on the podium in the second race they entered.

Michael Shank Racing made its 250th Prototype start in the 2016 Petit Le Mans and won the event. It marked longtime team driver John Pew’s final race with the team before retiring from IMSA racing. Having competed in the top IMSA Prototype category for over 10 years, 2017 saw Mike Shank’s team enter the GTD class championship with a two-car Acura NSX GT3 effort.

In 2017, Mike Shank was awarded the Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence, presented by the Gorsline Company during the Rolex 24 event weekend. The award recognizes the team owner who demonstrates the qualities of integrity, passion for the sport, and love of cars for which Bob Snodgrass was known during his life and career.

In addition to the program that Shank manages for Acura Motorsports in IMSA WeatherTech competition, 2017 saw the team achieve a new goal with a debut entry in the Indianapolis 500. Fielding the Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport Honda/Dallara with rookie driver Jack Harvey, the team impressed by overcoming several setbacks. Michael Shank Racing Crew Chief Adam Rovazzini earned the prestigious Clint Brawner Award for the group’s effort.

Just one week following Mike Shank’s Indianapolis 500 debut, Michael Shank Racing broke through for a tremendous IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory in the Detroit Grand Prix with drivers Andy Lally and Katherine Legge teaming in the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3. It was the first victory globally for the all-new Acura NSX GT3 machine, earned in just the team’s fifth event with the new Acura platform. Further bolstering Michael Shank Racing’s victory in Detroit, was the fifth place finish of the sister No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 which ran in podium contention all the way up until the final two laps.

With multiple podium trophies on the mantle in the Columbus, Ohio, shop, Shank is focused on taking his team to the next level, with a full-time stable of two cars, and with a talented stable of drivers piloting cars prepared by a loyal and professional crew, he is likely to continue to grow the legacy of the team.

Accomplishments

Driver
  • 30-plus national victories in Formula Ford, Formula Continental, Sports 2000 and Formula Atlantic competition
  • 1999 – KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Car Owner of the Year
  • 1999 – United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC), Can-Am Division. Co-drove a Intersport Racing Lola T98/10 in Rolex 24 at Daytona with Jon Fields, Sam Hornish Jr., and Ryan Jones. Qualified eighth and finished 42nd following mechanical problems
  • 1997 – Indy Racing League (IRL), qualified 25th and finished 13th in the Las Vegas 500 with Neinhouse Motorsports
  • 1996 – Champion, C2 Division, Player’s/Toyota Atlantic Championship
  • 1989 – SCCA-Ohio Valley Region Novice Driver of the Year
Team Owner
  • 2006 – Won the Discount Tire Sunchase 1000K in Utah
  • 2008 – Won the sunrichgourmet.com 100 at Utah & the Super Car Life 25 at Millville, NJ
  • 2011 – Had three entries in the Rolex 24
  • 2012 – Won the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24
  • 2013 – Fastest lap recorded at the Daytona International Speedway by Colin Braun
  • 2016 – First entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans where they led 2 laps and finished 9th
  • Raced 10 years in the Daytona Prototype class before switching to P2
  • 2016 – Qualified on pole and won the Petit Le Mans
  • 2017 – Entered the Indianapolis 500 with rookie driver Jack Harvey in the No. 50 Honda Dallara
  • 2017 – Won the Detroit Grand Prix with drivers Katherine Legge and Andy Lally to give the Acura NSX GT3 its first victory in the world
  • Has led over 1,500 laps during the team's career (2004-2017)

DALE WISE

Lead Engineer, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3


Wise, who worked as Crew Chief at Truesports in IndyCar competition also took wins in Toyota Atlantics with drivers Kenny Wilden and Martin Basso, and has converted his knowledge quickly as the team made the move into Rolex racing. Never satisfied no matter how fast the car is, Wise is a driving force in the Michael Shank Racing effort in his current role as Technical Director for the team.

When he’s not working on making race cars go faster, Wise still keeps speed as part of his activities, as he enjoys boating and is a big motorcycle enthusiast.

MARK LEGGE

Transportation/Tires


Mark Legge is one of the newest members of the Michael Shank Racing squad and will be assisting with transportation, tires and fueling during race weekends. Legge has previous racing experience in the Ferrari Challenge before coming onboard the MSR crew.

Legge has been a part of the motorsports industry since 1985 where he got his start in the sport doing promotional marketing for Nissan Motorsports. After finding that initial passion, Legge has grown his career to where it is today.

When Legge has a rare off weekend from the race track you can find him playing golf.

JUSTIN HARNISFAGER

Crew Chief, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3


Justin joined MSR in 2005, and has been a significant contribution to the team effort from day one. He graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio with a degree in Automotive High Performance in 2005. Justin volunteered with Phoenix Promotions (Team Sahlen) while in school in 2004 & 2005. He joined Michael Shank Racing working on bodywork and then transitioned to mechanic on the No. 6 car before ultimately becoming the crew chief for the No. 60 Prototype and now the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3.

Current Duties with MSR: Justin is the crew chief on the No. 93 car and also does sub assembly for both cars. On race day, Justin is the driver change assistant and the fourth tire changer when needed.

Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: “The 2008 Utah race. The No. 60 car had just won the prior race at New Jersey and had also won at Utah the year before. The car ran well all race, we had really good stops which helped to move us forward during the race and eventually take the win. It was a great team effort by the crew and the drivers.”

Hobbies Outside of Racing: building his Spec Miata, boating/skiing/watersports, traveling with his wife and exploring new places.

DARIN PIGG

Gearbox Mechanic, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3


Darin Pigg is one of Mike Shank’s most loyal employees, having originally started with the team in 1992, sweeping the floor of the team's old shop before getting the chance to work on the cars himself. Once he did, he was quickly tabbed to take over the crew chief position in 1997, heading up the Toyota Atlantic Championship effort for Johnny Rutherford III, and took his first win in the position in 1999 as crew chief for Sam Hornish Jr.

Pigg has also worked in the Champ Car ranks, having worked for the Forsythe organization before rejoining MSR in 2002.

The switch to Rolex racing has given Pigg the chance to do something he never could in Atlantics-leap over the wall during the pit stops, where he changes the left front tire and is responsible for the windscreen and checking the radiators during every stop.

DAVID LEITER

Mechanic, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3


David Leiter’s history of working in racing started when he began working on autocross and show room stock cars in 1986. He serviced cars for the Silver State Classic and One Lap of America. He also prepped and crewed for a Spec Racer Ford team and Formula Mazda team. David got behind the wheel in showroom stock and improved touring before joining Michael Shank Racing in 1998 in Formula Atlantic. Additionally, David spent two years in composite and repair on racecar parts.

Current duties with MSR: Works as a mechanic on the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 – helps maintain and repair at the shop and on the road. At the track he maintains and repairs, and helps implement set up changes for the No. 93. On race day, you'll see him over the wall as air jack and rear tire changer.

Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: “It’s hard to pick just one. I do like the early night time hours under the lights at Daytona doing the pit stops. Seeing my car take the checkered flag at every race.”

Hobbies: classic cars, late night tv, tools

KEVIN WIMER

Bodywork Mechanic, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3


Kevin grew up around flat track motorcycle racing helping out around his uncle’s shop whenever he could and began working for Michael Shank Racing in June 2006 . He credits Mike Shank and the rest of the team with having shaped him into the person he is today.

Current duties with MSR: Kevin is in charge of the bodywork department at the track and watches all the fuel that goes into and comes out of the car. During the race he changes the front tires on the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3.

Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: “Completing my first at speed brake change during the 2011 24 hour race. It was a moment where I was very proud of myself and I could see that other people were too.”

Hobbies: Diesel truck drag racing – Dodge Cummins; go-karting, riding four wheelers with his wife, and racing RC cars

RALPH LOHR

Transportation


Ralph has spent 15 years working with the Michael Shank Racing organization as the team’s truck driver. He has the important task of transporting the racecars and all of the team equipment to and from each racetrack across the country. The 11-race IMSA schedule takes Ralph through most of the country with stops ranging from Florida to New York to Toronto to California.

Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: “REA-LLY!”

Hobbies: Relaxing with friends and family and enjoying being at home between races!

BRETT DOZMATI

Electronics


Prior to joining Michael Shank Racing, Brett worked at Rahal-Letterman Racing from 2004-2008 doing wiring/radio/dag.

Current Duties with MSR: Fire bottle during pit stop. In charge of all wiring/sensors/radios on race car and support equipment

Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: “2005 Indy 500 when the team cars finished second and fifth.”

Hobbies: tuning and drag racing Camaro

JASON GIVENS

Team Coordinator


Jason joined Michael Shank Racing in 2005.

Current Duties with MSR: Fire bottle on pit stops as well as general help with whatever the team may need.

Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: "When Mike Shank won in Salt Lake City and also seeing my wife meet her favorite driver at the 24 hr race in Daytona."

Hobbies: I love watching my son Trey play sports and being with my family and friends.

RYAN KNOTT

Car Chief, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3


Ryan Knott with be joining Michael Shank Racing for 2018 after spending the past four race seasons working with SpeedSource Inc. as both a car and crew chief. Knott always had an interest in performance street cars and working in Motorsports was the only logical step for him. After volunteering at the 2010 Rolex 24, Knott decided that he wanted to make a career out of his passion for cars.

Knott will have involvement in both the IMSA and IndyCar programs for Michael Shank Racing. During weekends at the MSR Ohio-based shop, Knott will keep a close eye on the building and maintenance of the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 car while also being in charge of Tech for the MSR IndyCar.

When asked about his favorite moment in racing: winning the 2010 Rolex 24 with SpeedSource Inc. When Knott has time time away from the race track you can find him mountain biking, long boarding, fishing or hiking.

RYAN MCCARTHY

Engineer, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3


Ryan joined Michael Shank Racing at the start of the 2017 season when the team transitioned to the Acura NSX GT3. He worked at Stevenson Motorsports in 2016 on an Audi LMS R8 and previously worked for Fall-Line Motorsports on their GS program in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Ryan also has worked for a PC team as well as in NASCAR.

Ryan serves as the engineer for the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3.

Favorite Racing Moment: Winning the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship with Fall-Line Motorsports where Ryan served as the team engineer.

Hobbies: cycling, mountain biking, hiking, anything outdoors

VINCENT FORGES

Assistant Engineer, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3


Originally from France, Vincent joined Michael Shank Racing for the 2017 season as the team began its two-car Acura NSX GT3 effort. Prior to working for Michael Shank Racing, Vincent worked at W Racing Team which ran an Audi in Europe.

Vincent first got involved in racing through karting in France and went on to become a driver in Formula SAE.

He serves as the Assistant Engineer on the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 and as deadman on the team’s pit stops.

Favorite Racing Moment: Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2017 – finishing fifth with a brand new car

Hobbies: racing

ADAM ROVAZZINI

Crew Chief, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3


Adam joined Michael Shank Racing in November 2016 as the team transitioned to the new Acura NSX GT3 program. Adam spent time kart racing on the WKA Manufacturer’s Cup circuit and previously worked at Chip Ganassi Racing for 15 years on the team’s IndyCar program.

Adam serves as the Crew Chief for the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 and as the front tire changer during pit stops.

Favorite Racing Moment: Winning the 2008 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Championship with Scott Dixon

Hobbies: cycling and triathlons

JOHN MONTGOMERY

TBD


More to come.







RION KELLEY

Mechanic, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3


Rion joined Michael Shank Racing in 2016 having previously worked on a Top Fuel Funny Car program after attending college at UNOH. He grew up around racing – beginning at just nine years old when he raced a junior dragster.

Rion is the fueler for the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 and serves as a mechanic and fabricator at the Michael Shank Racing race shop.

Favorite Racing Moment: Drag Racing Finals in 2016

Hobbies: racing, working on cars, autocross

KEVIN O'DONNELL

Mechanic, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3


Kevin began working for Michael Shank Racing in 2017 ahead of the team’s new Acura NSX GT3 program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Prior to working at Michael Shank Racing, Kevin spent 15 years as a mechanic for Chip Ganassi Racing on both the team’s IndyCar and sports car racing programs.

Away from the track Kevin is a commercial real estate broker. He serves as a mechanic on race weekends and does rear tires during pit stops.

Favorite Racing Moment: Winning the 2010 Indianapolis 500 with Dario Franchitti

Hobbies: cycling, golf

PERRY MELNECIUC

Mechanic, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3


Perry joined Michael Shank Racing in 2017. A professional motorcycle racer from 1990-2014, Perry has a storied career in the sport. Working for a range of factory bike efforts, Perry also served as a mechanic and engineer for riders such as Jake Zemke and Ben Bostrom. In 2011, he and his wife Kellee put together a privateer team and won the first pole for a privateer bike organization with Jake Semke at the Daytona 200.

Transitioning from motorcycles to cars in 2012, Perry worked at DeltaWing Racing from 2012-2016.

Current Duties at MSR: Mechanic, Driver Assist during pit stops

Favorite Racing Moment: Winning the Daytona 200 in 2012 with the motorcycle racing team that he and his wife put together and also finishing second as a rider in the 2002 International Lightweight Grand Prix in a Yamaha TZ250.

Hobbies: cycling, racing bicycles

DOUG HUFFINES

Tire Management, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 / IndyCar


Doug first started working with Michael Shank Racing at the 2017 12 Hours of Sebring event. Doug also was a part of the team's first ever entry into the Indianapolis 500 working on tire management for the Michael Shank Racing IndyCar.

Doug was not originally in the Motorsports industry but took part in a 33-year career as an art director working for an advertising agency and a graphic design firm. In the '90s Doug started to get into the racing industry all while still taking on his a full time career working in advertising and design. Huffines' first jobs in racing were on the design side, designing team uniforms, creating helmet designs and making graphics for everything from team uniforms to transporters.

This race season Doug will be doing tire management on the team's IndyCar entry as well as tire work on the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 for all of the TPNAEC races.

Huffines can't choose a single moment that marks his favorite but loves the relationships that he has created throughout his years in the industry. Huffines enjoys working at historic venues, being exposed to new technology and being a part of winning races and championships.

Outside of racing, Huffines owns an art studio in Asheville, NC where he creates artisan jewelry and does various metalwork projects. He also creates drawings and paintings as he continues to pursue outdoor photography.

MITCH O'PATIK

Mechanic, No. 86 Acura NSX GT3


O'Patik began working with MIchael Shank Racing in December 2017. Prior to joining the team, Mitch was a part of the drag racing community where he worked for Head Racing on one of its funny car entries.

O'Patik found a love for racing at an early age when he participated in dirt track racing when he was 14 years old. Ever since then, O'Patik saw a career in racing.

Mitch's favorite racing moment was when we won his first dirt sport modified race in 2009. Outside of racing you can find O'Patik golfing, dirt track racing or hanging out with friends.

CORBIN HEIST

Engineer, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3


Corbin Heist will be new to Michael Shank Racing for the 2018 season after working as a systems and performance engineer in Oxford, Great Britain where he had the opportunity to work on both LMP2 and GT3 cars around Europe and Asia.

Heist got his passion for Motorsports through his grandfather who was an IMSA Firestone competitor racing with BMW. From there, Heist started attending various club racing events where he soon grew his passion for motorsports engineering. Heist's first taste of professional racing was in 2013 where he worked with Rebellion Racing at the 12 Hours of Sebring. After that, he decided to attend University - in Oxford - where he received his engineering credentials.

Heist has had many highlights of his career in the sport. Some of his favorite moments include his first outing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans where he stood on the grid during the opening ceremony, winning his first-ever ELMS race with Greaves Motorsport (and went on to win the championship), and attending his first ever 24 Hours of Le Mans working as an engineer in 2016.

When Heist is not at the race track you can find him leading a very active lifestyle. He enjoys climbing and hiking as well as reading, photography and programming.



REG SCHMEISS

Tire Management, No. 93 Acura NSX GT3


Reg first joined Michael Shank Racing for the 2016 Petit Le Mans. He returned to the team for the 2017 season and manages the tire program for both of the Acura NSX GT3s.

Originally from Australia, Reg began racing at the age of 15 and began working on cars as a young boy. He went on to work for many organizations in the motorsports world throughout his career including: AGS F1 Team, SA Safari Team, Williams F1 Team, Lotus F1 Team, Doran Racing, Panoz Motorsports, BMW Motorsport, OAK Racing, Audi Sport customer racing, Level 5 Motorsports, Fall-Line Motorsports, Effort Racing, and Absolute Team Bentley – to name a few!

Favorite Racing Moment: Several! AGS F1 rear Jackman in the late 1980s, Williams F1 first and third in the rain in 1989 Adelaide, Le Mans 24 Hour victory with factory BMW LMR V12 in 1999.

Hobbies: climbing mountains, hiking, traveling, spending time with his wife

Mike Sweeney

Spotter No. 86 Acura NSX GT3


Brian Goslee

Front End Mechanic, No. 60 IndyCar


Brian Goslee joined Michael Shank Racing for the 2018 season working primarily on the team's IndyCar program. Goslee has previous experience in the IndyCar field working as a crew chief for Dryer & Reinbold Racing. This year Goslee will be in charge of setup and maintenance of the front end on the No. 60 IndyCar as well as working as inside front tire changer during pit stops.

As an Indiana native, racing was instilled in Brian's world at a very young age. Following in the footsteps of his father who was a mechanic, Goslee made the move to Indianapolis when he was 21 where he scored his first job with a USAC sprint, midget and silver crown team.

When it comes to favorite racing moments, Brian has a few. He won karting championships in 2006 and 2008 that rank high on the list. Other standout moments for Brian were winning the 2008 Indy 500 as well as his first Indy 500 as crew chief in 2015. The last memorable moment was taking his daughter to her first quarter midget victory in 2017.

Outside of race weekends you can find Brian running his metal art business, Second Shift Art. You can also find him at quarter midget events which his daughter competes in on the weekends. As a big Notre Dame fan, Brian tries to attend as many football games as possible.