Michael Shank Racing Sets Lineup for Sebring
February 13, 2014 | 5:57 P.M. EST
Justin Wilson will once again team up with John Pew and Ozz Negri for Michael Shank Racing in next month's 12 Hours of Sebring. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)
PATASKALA, Ohio – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will feature a set of familiar faces when the team makes its appearance at Sebring International Raceway next month.
Justin Wilson will return to race with the squad alongside full-season pilots John Pew and Ozz Negri for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15.
The trio will share driving duties on the 3.74-mile circuit in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford/Riley for Round 2 of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Wilson has regularly raced with the team in endurance events ever since making a podium appearance in the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona, when he first joined Michael Shank Racing. The IndyCar driver grew his Daytona Prototype program in 2013, joining the team for sprint events in the second half of the season - closing the year with a second-place finish at Lime Rock Park.
"We're fortunate that the schedule worked out for us to have Justin join us, not only for the race but also for a test next week," team owner Mike Shank said, referring to an IMSA-hosted test session at Sebring. "We know how incredibly challenging the race can be, so to have a driver lineup like this is going to be key for us. We have a race finish for the (Ford) EcoBoost engine under our belt at Daytona and now, our goal is to just keep improving every time out."
The team rebounded from a gearbox issue in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona to take the checkered flag with a 12th-place class finish and will look to improve on that as the series returns to Florida for the second leg of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Wilson has two previous starts at Sebring (2002, 2004).
"The Twelve Hours (of Sebring) is a huge event," Wilson said. "I had a lot of fun racing the short events last year in Daytona Prototype. It always feels natural any time I get to race for this team. We have a little bit of unfinished business after Daytona. I’m looking forward to getting down to Sebring and getting after it."