John Pew’s late night shunt at Road Atlanta seemed to end Michael Shank Racing’s weekend and season at first thought. The car’s livery is to honor the late Justin Wilson, but his impact to motorsport can be felt all through the paddock. In a fashion that beckons to the motorsport community coming around and supporting Wilson’s family, the paddock came around the MSR crew to bring the car back to competition.
Elan Motorsports, DeltaWing Racing Cars, and members from all over the paddock were part of the effort to repair the tub of the Onroak Ligier JS P2, this chassis being the last in the United States. The car will be complete tonight and will make it to the warmup tomorrow, before the race. Mike references keeping a cool head in getting the car repaired in an adequate way.
Looking to 2016, MSR is hoping to field two cars, but doesn’t quite have the funding yet. News has broken that Shank is looking to lease a car for a second entry. He did reveal to us that HPD will power his Ligier next year with a new 3.5 liter engine. With the torque-y V8s in the Daytona Prototype field, the extra power will be appreciated.
Tomorrow’s race is schedule to go green at 11:10 AM with a Warm Up occurring at 9:20 AM. Keep your browser pointed to SlipstreamNetwork.com for more updates on the 2015 Petit Le Mans.