Michael Shank Racing VIR-Bound for Bosch 250
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(Columbus, OH) April 21 2009--With wins in two of the last three Rolex Sports Car Series races, Michael Shank Racing has been on a hot streak, and will look to return to winning form again this weekend in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway.

Following a disappointing Rolex 24 outing, which saw both team entries post strong campaigns before being sidelined by motor issues, the team has been anxious to get back to racing action with the No. 6 Ford-Riley driven by John Pew and Michael Valiante, and the No. 60 Ford-Riley of Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri.

While there was a March test session at Homestead, where Michael Shank Racing clocked some of the fastest unofficial times in testing, the competitive fires on the team have been simmering for nearly three months. But that long wait to race is over this weekend. The two-car Daytona Prototype entry is hungry to emulate last year's double-top ten result and will look to score a maiden team podium on the 3.27-mile natural terrain circuit outside of Danville, Virginia.

"It's been too long, but now we are ready to go this weekend in Virginia," said team owner Mike Shank. "We had a great test at Homestead but now it's the real thing at VIR. Everyone has put the disappointment of Daytona behind us, and now we know we have to just come out swinging at VIR and again next week in New Jersey because we have some ground to make up in this championship. We had a great comeback at VIR last year to get both cars in the top ten, and hopefully we can do even better this weekend."

The visit to the VIR facility will mark Pew's second Daytona Prototype start on the track. After not even getting the chance to get belted into the car during the race at Daytona before the motor issue, Pew is arguably the most impatient of the Michael Shank Racing pilots to get back to work this weekend.

"I was happy we at least had the test at Homestead, so it hasn't been too long since I've been in the car, but it certainly has been too long since I've had the chance to race it!" said Pew, who also keeps himself sharp between rounds with an active schedule of karting. "So I'm really happy that this weekend is finally here. VIR is such a drivers track, and the Shank guys do such a great job setting up the car that it can be tremendously satisfying to run there, so I've already got my bags packed, and I'm just ready to go."
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