It's all part of the service
Friday 1st July 2005
Michael Shank Racing started Sunday's Sahlen's 'Six Hours of the Glen' from fifth on the grid after Mike Borkowski dug deep on his last qualifying lap to move significantly up the order late in the fifteen minute session.
"Mike did a great job on that last lap" enthused Team Owner, Mike Shank "I'm not exactly sure what he found out there, but he really stepped up and banked a great lap. We have had a tough weekend so far, so it's great that we are going to be starting close to the front for such a long race".
The team was pleased with the result, particularly after having a long night on Friday for unexpected car repairs. During Fridays practicesession, Duncan Dayton got tangled up with some slower traffic, and was forced into the wall, causing damage to the nose and tail of the Mears Motor Coach machine. The team didn't miss a beat, quickly fixing the bodywork and getting the car back out on track to run the rest of Friday's practice.
However, when the team was tearing down the car to prepare for the Saturday qualifying, it found a crack in the transmission case from the accident. Even though it was already late at night, the team got in touch with transmission supplier Xtrac, and their guys responded by working through the night to provide the team with a new casing, allowing the team to only miss a total of two minutes of practice on Saturday morning. "I have to hand it to Andrew and Simon with Xtrac, they really came through in a big way when we needed them to, and we were able to get back to work this morning," said Shank. "It was a thrash to get everything back together, but the guys did a great job to get the car ready and fortunately we found it on Friday, and not during the race on Sunday. Hopefully we can be mistake free all day tomorrow and get another good result here at the Glen."
Grand AM (June 11, 2005)
Unfortunately the team crashed out when running strongly in 6th place. The race was won by Nic Jönsson and Tracy Krohn in their Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley which uses an Xtrac 386 gearbox.