Michael Shank Racing Complete “Productive” Test At IMS

Michael Shank Racing's 2012 started with a Rolex 24 victory (Photo Credit: Stephan Cooper)

John Pew and Ozz Negri completed 147 laps over the two day Grand-Am Rolex Series test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Michael Shank Racing's Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype.

“It was a really productive two days and we did a lot of laps and learned a lot in a short period of time,” said team owner Mike Shank. “It's such a thrill to be racing at this track and even though the heat added a new challenge for everyone, we didn't have any problems. The times are really incredibly close and the drivers were happy with the cars and we're really looking forward to getting back here in a few weeks' time.”

Negri set the second fastest lap time of the test – 1:24.195 – around the 2.53 mile grand prix track at the famous Speedway.

“We had a plan and we stuck to it, so I'm really happy with the test,” said Negri. “John [Pew] did a great job once again. But really, the heroes are these guys on the crew–it's so hot here. I'm Brazilian, living in Miami…and telling you, it's incredible! They have to work on the car in this heat and everyone did a great job. I drive with a lot of passion and I try to pay back their hard work with my own. We've got a good car and a lot of things we can keep improving on in the meantime to be quicker when we come back for the race.”

The teams had to battle against 40°C plus heat begetting reported track temperatures of nearly 70°C during the two day test ahead of the Rolex Series first race at Indianapolis later this month as part of the Kroger SuperWeekend.

The three hour race will bring to a close the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC). After finishing sixth in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Pew, Negri and Michael Shank Racing lie fourth in the NAEC teams' standings.