Taylor & Angelelli Lead Grand-Am To Mid-Ohio
• Ohio-based Rolex Series teams Michael Shank Racing and Team Sahlen both will have many friendly in the crowd at Mid-Ohio cheering for their Daytona Prototypes in Saturday’s Diamond Cellar Classic.
Team Sahlen will race its new BMW/Riley DPs for the first time at the circuit. Dane Cameron and Wayne Nonnamaker drive the No. 42 for the North Canton team, while Joe Sahlen joins Joe and Will Nonnamaker in the No. 43. The team will be celebrating Father’s Day in style, with Nonnamaker patriarch Joe joined by his two sons in the race.
Michael Shank Racing will carry new colors on its lead No. 60 Roberts Electrical Construction Ford/Riley to be driven by John Pew and Ozz Negri. The car suffered major front-end damage at the most recent race at Detroit Belle Isle, with the team spending long hours to repair the car. MSR also will have the No. 6 Ford/Riley for Antonio Pizzonia and Gustavo Yacaman.
Former Cincinnati resident John Edwards will have a homecoming of sorts when he returns to Mid-Ohio with Stevenson Motorsports. Edwards and Robin Liddell are riding a three-race winning streak in the Rolex Series’ GT division at the wheel of the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Chevrolet Camaro. Edwards also won the most recent Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Road Atlanta, paired with Matt Bell.
• Last year, Michael Valiante came home a winner at Mid-Ohio when he landed a substitute role with Spirit of Daytona, joining Richard Westbrook in the No. 90 Corvette.
Saturday, Valiante has landed another one-off DP ride at the circuit. With Stephane Sarrazin in France preparing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Valiante will co-drive with Enzo Potolicchio in the No. 3 Motorola-ONO Corvette for 8Star Motorsports.
• Ozz Negri returns to action at Mid-Ohio after sitting out three races for Michael Shank Racing when he partners with John Pew in the No. 60 Roberts Electric Ford/Riley. Negri was injured in an off-season mountain bike spill. He ran one stint in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, but then sat out three races when his injured leg was not healing properly.
“It seems like it’s been a year since I last raced,” Negri said. “I’m really looking forward to coming back.”
• Andrew Davis returns to action at Mid-Ohio, when he joins Madison Snow in the No. 62 UIS Industrial Sales Porsche GT3 for Snow Racing/Wright Motorsports.
Davis missed the recent round at Road Atlanta due to Brumos Racing’s sabbatical from competition. His former co-driver, Leh Keen, is set for the upcoming Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, when he will co-drive with Emil Assentato and Anthony Lazzaro in the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458.
• Michael Shank Racing announced a partnership with Roberts Electrical Construction that will see the two Columbus-area companies partner for this weekend’s Rolex Series race. Roberts Electrical Construction will be the title sponsor for the No. 60 Ford/Riley.
Roberts provides a range of services to the Central Ohio area that include emergency power management, lighting, fiber optic network systems, facility management, and a range of green initiatives including solar and photovoltaic systems design.