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Michael Shank Racing Excited Ahead Of Rolex 24

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Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is set to welcome in a new era of American sportscar racing with the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening round of the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The team has enjoyed success at the blue riband event, having stepped on to the podium four times since its 2004 debut, including victory at the 2012 event. The quartet who won the 2012 race, John Pew, Ozz Negri, Justin Wilson and AJ Allmendinger return to the team for 2014 in hope of repeating the feat.

The 52nd running of the Rolex 24 marks the tenth successive entry from the Michael Shank Racing team, who will continue its partnership with Ford. 2014 marks a special year for Ford and Michael Shank Racing, as the team will run with power coming from the new EcoBoost powerplant, which has already written history, setting several records at Daytona in late 2013.

“It is hard to believe that this is our 10th Rolex 24, and it is certainly going to be the biggest one yet,” said team owner Mike Shank. “This sport is ready to put on a great show for a huge audience and we are very excited for what is next with the United SportsCar Championship. There are so many unknowns with the new rules and all the new classes, it is little bit like the first time for us. But we’ve been preparing non-stop and are ready to put all of our preparation to work this weekend. We’ve got some incredible support from our commercial partners and this is the same driver line up that we won the race with so everyone is just chomping at the bit to get down there and get going.”

www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk will have full coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona with reports on every pre-race session as well as hour-by-hour updates through the race.

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