Ep.36 – Mike Shank

mikeshankMike Shank is the type of racer that all grassroots competitors aspire to. Working his way through the sport without a lot of money, Mike achieved limited success as a driver, eventually giving up his seat to take on Team Owner duties, which is where his career really thrived. Running a successful Formula Atlantic program, Mike eventually switch to sportscars, becoming a top-tier prototype team in Grand-Am and then IMSA, winning at The Rolex 24 and Petit Le Mans, as well as competing at Le Mans. This all translated to an incredible opportunity for 2017, where Mike’s race team was selected as the entrant for Acura’s factory NSX program in the IMSA WeatherTech GTD category. Not afraid to be one of the guys, Mike takes in multiple beers as he tells us tales of nearly losing his house, what famous driver stiffed him of millions, and where he’s at today. Beer and pizza was served at The Copper Penny in Thornville, Ohio, with the music of Stoney Spring to close us out. Thanks to Continental Tire for all of their support, and Honda for providing a great car.

2 thoughts on “Ep.36 – Mike Shank

  • December 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm
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    Awesome episode. Mike Shank is the Man!!!

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  • December 17, 2016 at 10:48 am
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    You know how you get a bad opinion of a guy and carry it for years and forget why you had that opinion in the first place? That’s me with Oz Negri. I haven’t liked the guy and I had no idea why. After listening to Mike talk about him, I’m back on board. But it’s bugging the crap out of me why I had the negative opinion. This podcast mentioned an incident at Phoenix between him and Michael McDowell and that rings a bell. Could that have been it? Can someone elaborate what happened in the incident?

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