© Andrew S. Hartwell
"I've been racing all my life. I started (in karts) when I was 5 years old." Michael Shank, head of Michael Shank Racing (MSR), told us that he may be one of the newest to announce an entry in the Grand-Am Rolex Daytona Prototype Series, but he is no stranger to racing. He has raced and run cars in several open wheel series, including Toyota Atlantic, for several years, and he has achieved an enviable record along the way.
From the MSR team website: (www.michaelshankracing.com) "With a 1999 Toyota Atlantic Championship season that saw it post two wins, two pole positions, seven top-threes, 12 top-fives and 22-top tens in just 12 events, Michael Shank Racing (MSR) firmly established itself as one of the top teams competing in North America's premier open-wheel development racing series."
We caught up with him this week to learn more about his just-announced purchase of a Toyota powered Doran JE-4 for the 2004 Rolex DP season.
"I really started making a living at racing around 1989, when I started preparing people's cars. I did fairly well as a driver in Formula Continental, Sports 2000 and classes like that and out of that, people started asking me to take care of their cars. Out of that grew my racecar preparation business. It started with club racers and then progressed up to the professional level."