Michael Shank Racing Looking for Redemption at Daytona
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(Columbus, OH) 1 July 2009- After starting the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season off from pole in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and then finishing with race victories in the last two events of the season, Michael Shank Racing had good reason to look forward to the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona. But in the opening round of the championship season, motor-related issues knocked one Michael Shank Racing entry from the lead and out of the event, with the second Daytona Prototype suffering the same mechanical fate before the race reached the midway point.

So as the team prepares for the Rolex Sports Car Series return to the "World Center of Racing" for Saturday afternoon's Brumos Porsche 250, Michael Shank Racing will seek not only continued momentum in the championship battle, but also a little bit of redemption on a track where the team has demonstrated strength in both the long-distance events and the traditional July sprint outings.

Since rebounding from the Daytona disappointment, one constant for the team through the 2009 Rolex season so far has been speed-Michael Shank Racing machines have been first or second in over 75% of the practice sessions run so far this season. On Saturday, the team will look to harness that speed into a run to the podium at Daytona.

"It's good to be heading back to Daytona-we know our cars were quick there in January, and we should be strong right off the truck again this weekend," said team owner Mike Shank. "This weekend is the first race of the second half of the season, and we think we've got everything we need to move up in the points with both our cars. We're excited not only to have Sean John Fragrances and Lab Series for Men with us on the car, but also to be getting the opportunity to race on Saturday. Hopefully we'll be able to open some more eyes and make some new fans with the show we put on in the Rolex Series."

The No. 60 Sean John Fragrances/Lab Series For Men Ford-Riley will be co-driven by Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri as the two look to bounce back from a disappointing home race outing at Mid-Ohio, which saw Patterson punted off-track and into the gravel trap on the very first lap, ending the team's chances at a podium.

"With practice, qualifying, and the race all packed into the space of a few hours, the July Daytona event is quite unique," said Patterson, who won't have to look far when reviewing patterns in his qualifying, as he's scored 8th on the Daytona grid the last three July visits. "So it's vital that we start the day off with a good set-up, and this team has shown time and time again that it can do exactly that. I'm always looking forward to the race weekends, but this one should be all the more fun with us carrying the Sean John Fragrances and Lab Series for Men colors on the car. Hopefully we can be spraying champagne, as well as Unforgivable (one of Sean John's signature fragrances) on the podium!"
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