Michael Shank Racing Returns to Watkins Glen for Friday Night Sprint
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(Columbus, OH) 4 August- Michael Shank Racing returns to Rolex Sports Car Series race action this Friday night as the team makes an encore visit to Watkins Glen International to contest the Crown Royal 200. The race marks the second visit of the season to the upstate New York facility for the Rolex Sports Car Series, with Michael Shank Racing taking a double top-five team finish in the 6 Hour event at the track in June.

Watkins Glen has long been a favorite of the team in both the long and short 2.45-mile configurations, with the latter being utilized this weekend. With two Daytona Prototypes that have shown great speed all season long, the team will target a double-podium appearance in Friday night's two-hour shootout as part of the Crown Royal weekend.

"The Glen has always been a strong track for us, and we were a little unlucky not to make the podium there earlier this season so hopefully we can make up for that this Friday night," said team owner Mike Shank. "Mark and John were outstanding there in June. The points fight is only getting tighter so we want to make up even more ground with both cars this weekend. The race is very fast--both as far as the pace we set on the short course, but also with the two-hour time limit for the finish. So we have to hope for a little luck on the timing of our stop, but we're confident about our cars and our drivers so hopefully we can be back up on the podium there on Friday night."

The No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley of John Pew and Michael Valiante enter the Watkins Glen weekend fresh from a podium appearance at Barber Motorsports Park and will look to keep that momentum going this Friday night. The podium performance, the duo's second of the season, saw the No. 6 move up to fourth in the team championship standings ahead of the No. 12 entry as the Pew/Valiante combination has shown both speed and consistency. The two enter the weekend looking to lock up an eighth straight top-ten result.

"It was great to have everything adding up to a podium for us at Barber--Michael really had everyone on the edge of their seats watching the race at the end, and hopefully we can have another race with that kind of result this weekend," said Pew, who led five laps in the Rolex Series' June visit to the track and has seen the track from behind the wheel of scores of different kinds of race machinery. "The Glen is fast, and fun, and we know we're going to have competitive cars, so hopefully we can keep moving up in the points again this weekend."
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