- Mike Shank was back in Daytona Prototype action on Thursday but he wasn't standing in his usual spot atop a pit box. The racecar driver turned team owner returned behind the wheel of a racecar as he took Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael Coleman on a thrilling ride through the streets of downtown Columbus in the team's Daytona Prototype two-seater.
It was all a part of Columbus, Ohio's bicentennial celebration in which the Mayor unveiled the contents of a large 10 foot tall wrapped box which had been sitting at the busy intersection of Broad and High Streets all week.
After catching a ride with Shank, a lifelong Columbus resident, in the "200 Columbus" liveried 500-horsepower Prototype machine, Mayor Coleman arrived to a large crowd and presented the big reveal.
A unique billboard rose from the box with Mayor Coleman announcing a plan for a new festival called idUS. The event is an 11-day celebration of innovation and design with the city planning to make it an annual Columbus event.
"We had a good day today with Mayor Michael Coleman and got a lot of good attention for the Daytona Prototype and the Rolex Series," said Shank. "We also had some good attention for our team which I thought was great - but also for the town. This is the state and city I'm from since the very beginning so it's nice to be able to help people out and to be able to showcase that ideas form here. Hopefully we can get the Mayor out to Mid-Ohio in the two-seater for some laps at a track next year!"
For more information on idUS, visit www.idus.us.