Team Bios

  • Marybeth Shank

    Team owner Mike Shank says he simply couldn’t have done it without his wife Marybeth, who not only helped to support Mike when he was still driving, but also keeps everything running smoothly on a day-to-day basis for the growing team. She is also a full partner with Mike in the operation, and shares both the risks and rewards that come with running a top-line professional race team.

    Dale Wise — Lead Engineer

    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.

    Jeff Schaffner — Assistant Engineer

    Prior to joining Michael Shank Racing in 2006, Jeff graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and put it to use right away working for Trans-Am team Ruman Racing. From there, he moved to Newman-Haas in the Champ Car ranks in 2001, taking a championship with Da Matta in 2002 and Bourdais in 2004. Jeff then moved to Rahal-Letterman racing, where he worked with Danica Patrick in her rookie IRL season, taking Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honors. Current Duties with MSR: Assistant Engineer (Data Analysis, Post Race Analysis, Computer Simulations), Race Strategy, R&D Projects (Aero Development, Damper Development, Coordinate Rig Testing Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: “Winning the 2002 Miami Grand Prix because we clinched the championship, finished 1-2 in the race and celebrated post race at the Chevron party. Also winning the 2004 Mexico City race because we clinched the championship by finishing 1-2 in the race to take 1-2 in the championship as well.” Hobbies: Playing music (drums), Cars (Built a ’32 Ford Roadster), Enjoying time at home

    Justin Harnisfager — Crew Chief

    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. Current Duties with MSR: Justin is the crew chief on the No. 60 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 — Crew Chief

    Darin Pigg, crew chief for the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Dallara, is one of Mike Shank’s most loyal employees, having originally started with the team in 1992, sweeping the floor of the teams 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

    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 second mechanic on the No. 60 – 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. 60. On Race day, you'll see him over the wall as air jack and rear tire changer. Favorite Moment 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

    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. 60 Daytona Prototype. 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 12 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 13-race GRAND-AM schedule takes Ralph through most of the country with stops ranging from Florida to New York to Montreal to California. Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: “REA-LLY!” Hobbies: Relaxing with an adult beverage

    Brett Dozmati

    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

    Kyle Conaway

    Kyle’s passion for auto racing first began in drag racing and dirt late models. He joined Michael Shank Racing in 2012. Current Duties with MSR: Kyle does the fuel prep and is the fueler during pit stops. Favorite Racing Moment Other than Winning the Rolex 24: "Having my son Brady attend the Mid-Ohio race for my first event with Michael Shank Racing. My drag racing championship in 2002 is also a favorite moment.” Hobbies Outside of Racing: Hanging out with his family and son Brady, golf, bass fishing, and karting

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