Michael Shank Racing Ready for Barber Showdown
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(Columbus, OH) 14 July 2009- Persistence pays off, and Michael Shank Racing is looking to put the team's persistent speed thus far in the 2009 Rolex Sport s Car Series season into the payoff of a race victory as the team prepares for round 8 of the championship this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

Sunday's Porsche 250 presented by Legacy Credit Union (LIVE-SPEED, 3:00 PM EDT) will see Michael Shank Racing look to not only show its trademark speed, but also continue to score strong results with both team Daytona Prototype entries. John Pew and Michael Valiante will share the No. 6 Ford-Riley, with the No. 60 being co-piloted by Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri.

Michael Shank Racing enters the Barber weekend fresh from a Daytona race outing that saw the team not only demonstrate excellent pace on the track, but also alacrity off of it as the double-top six result was hard-fought for both team entries.

The No. 6 machine suffered significant damage in a morning practice session off-track excursion, but the crew rallied despite the high humidity and 129 degree track temps to rebuild the entire front end of the Riley in time for the start of the race. Despite starting last, the black and blue No. 6 came home 4th in the Saturday afternoon sprint event.

In the last six races, the Pew-Valiante duo have scored a podium (VIR) and have been remarkably consistent and strong, with an average finish of just over 5th. Valiante is the defending pole sitter on the 2.3-mile facility outside of Birmingham. Last season, the Barber race marked Pew's first podium appearance before he went on to win the season-ending event at Miller Motorsports Park last year.

"I was thrilled to make it up on the podium at Barber last year, and hopefully we can do that again this weekend," said Pew. "The effort that the guys put in at Daytona, and the speed that the car still had despite everything, it was really like we won that race given how the day started. So that gives everyone a lot of confidence about this weekend. The team effort was just incredible, and Michael drove another fantastic stint, so hopefully we can avoid any setbacks, and get back on the podium this Sunday."

While the No. 6 entry might have the credentials to be the team to bet on, one might be tempted to hedge that bet with a vote for the No. 60, which not only had impressive pace in overcoming a penalty at Daytona, but also scored fourth on this track last year after a spirited inter-squad battle for position.
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