Michael Shank Racing Welcomes Indianapolis Motor Speedway to 2012 GRAND-AM Schedule

Indianapolis, IN (6 July 2011) – Michael Shank Racing looks forward to competing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012. Wednesday’s announcement that the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will stage one round of the 2012 championship at the famed facility was welcome news for the Columbus-based organization.

Michael Shank Racing was invited to participate in the test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in September, 2009.

“This is great news for GRAND-AM, our sponsors, drivers, and everyone involved with this effort,” said team owner Mike Shank, who also took the opportunity to strap into a Daytona Prototype and drive during the 2009 test at the Speedway. “I’ve been saying that GRAND-AM needs to put us where the people are. Racing at the Speedway as part of the big NASCAR event weekend is a perfect way to do exactly that, and I know the fans are going to love it. For us to have the opportunity to race on such a historic track, is really special. I’m already very excited about 2012, and this is an incredible addition to our schedule and some great news for the series and our fans.”

“I’m very excited about the addition of Indy to our 2012 schedule, and I couldn’t be more excited to come back to the Speedway and race next year,” said John Pew, who won the 2010 GRAND-AM Pro-Am Championship and tested at the track in 2009. “I think we are going to put on a heck of a show for the fans. Every driver grows up and dreams of racing at places like Daytona and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and for us to have a schedule that opens the year with the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona and then goes on to the Speedway later in the championship is very exciting. Next year can’t come fast enough!”

Michael Shank Racing will be in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series action this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as Ozz Negri and John Pew partner in the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford-Riley, with Matt Bell and James Davison sharing the No. 23 Ford-Riley in Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival powered by Mazda (SPEED, 7/10 4:00 PM ET).

Source: www.michaelshankracing.com

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