Michael Shank Racing (Photo Credit: Grand-Am)

Michael Shank Racing (Photo Credit: Grand-Am)

After a podium finish in the previous round Michael Shank Racing drivers John Pew and Ozz Negri hope they can take the momentum forward into this weekend's race in Detroit.

The finish moved the pair up to join third in the Daytona Prototype points standings, just five points off the lead.

The two hour race on the Belle Isle track will be the first Rolex Series race at the track, and the first road course event for the championship in six years following running as part of the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend in 2006.

In that event Negri helped the Shank crew to fifth place in the race, but the Brazilian acknowledges that this weekend presents a fresh challenge to the entire Roles Series paddock.

“This track is new for everyone, so the key to the race will be to find the sweet spot quickly,” he said. “Sharing the race weekend with IndyCar means we really won't have much track time to work with. We've been working hard though to have a set-up that we think will be a good starting point, and hopefully we can pick up speed through the weekend.” 

After winning the season opening Rolex 24 Pew and Negri missed out on good finishes at both Barber Motorsports Park and Homestead-Miami after small incidents on track – Pew going off in avoidance of a spinning rival at Barber – but the Detroit track puts new onus on completing a clean race. .

“Hitting your marks perfectly is important no matter where you go,” said Pew, “but having the walls on both sides of the track just adds to that incentive! The big thing for us will be to have a clean race weekend and hopefully come out of here with some solid points ahead of the team's home race at Mid-Ohio.”

The race begins at 5:05pm (Eastern Time), televised live on SPEED in the US and on MotorsTV for UK viewers.