Michael Valiante Joins The Roster At Michael Shank Racing For The Rolex 24 At Daytona


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Michael Valiante

The 2009 association of Canadian open-wheel talent, Michael Valiante with the team Michael Shank Racing is only set to get stronger with the season opener of the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series. Michael Valiante will be joined by Marc Goosens, John Pew and Ozz Negri to lend the team with enough speed to be able to eye another podium finish this year and perhaps even go on to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance race. The Canadian will be seen taking the wheel of the No. 60 Crown Royal Extra Rare (XR) Ford-Riley and is expected to bring along his experience, intelligence and racecraft, for which he is best known.

Michael Valiante started out his racing career with junior karting. He then moved on to deliver a spectacular performance at the Skip Barber National Series as well as later join Lynx Racing with whom he did considerable time. Michael Valiante is no stranger to the Rolex Sports Car Series. His debut in the series was five years ago at the Watkins Glen, where he made four starts and bagged a best finish of fifth. In 2007, his performance improved considerably as he got a career-best second-place finish and posted seven top-10 finishes at the Rolex Sports Car Series competition held at the Iowa Speedway. In 2009, Michael Valiante bagged two podium finishes along with co-driver John Pew.

No. 60 Crown Royal Extra Rare (XR) Ford-Riley

Talking about the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Canadian race car driver said the he looked forward to the endurance race as part of the Michael Shank Racing team because with them he could always be confident of a good car and a strong crew backing him. He further stated that the environment in the team was very good and being part of such a strong lineup gave him even more confidence to take on the race with all his might. Mentioning the competition particularly, Michael Valiante added that such a race always had many variables, which is why he was looking forward to making a good start during the test days and simply keeping himself out of trouble until the final race day afternoon.

It would be enthralling for audiences to witness the dynamics of the team at the twice round the clock event. Just as Michael Valiante is known to bring his best game to the field, Michael Shank Racing too has always been a strong contender in the Rolex Sports Car Series and is a well-respected name on the circuit. Bringing in Henry Wolf as the Lead Engineer for the No. 60 Crown Royal Extra Rare (XR) Ford-Riley for the 2011 run has further strengthened the team’s chances of expecting stellar results. While race day may still be a few weeks off, it would be worth noting how the teams prepare for the Roar Before the Rolex 24, especially now that the Daytona International Speedway features a smooth surface. With extra grip from the tracks and no bumps even on transitions, drivers used to the track will have to pay special attention during the test runs.

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