American Dream team looks to make a mark in Europe

American Dream team looks to make a mark in Europe

16.06.2016: AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology News Ohio’s Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will look to bring some

 AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology News

Ohio’s Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will look to bring some new international glory for the Stars and Stripes this weekend as the team makes a debut run in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 Beyond countless hours of planning and hard work to prepare for the event, the team will also look to use the  AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology to excellent effect.

24 hours of racing on the 8.4-mile circuit will make the durability, aerodynamics, and light weight that AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology provides all key ingredients to a big result.

 The team utilizes AERO™ on nearly all of the outer surfaces of the Honda-powered Ligier Prototype-class machine.

Having participated in the traditional scrutineering process in downtown Le Mans as well as taking a provisional fifth on the grid for Saturday’s race start during the first qualifying session on Wednesday, the car has already attracted a ton of fan interest and media attention.

The car is unmistakable as an American entry with the stars and stripes proudly flying on the large flying fin on the back of the Honda-powered Ligier.

The team has brought an all-in approach to the event, embarking for Europe in late May to prepare for the event with testing at Monza before decamping for France at the beginning of June. 

“This race is huge and we are so proud to be here,” said team owner Mike Shank.

“The AERO livery is once again one that people can’t stop talking about! We are really standing out and this is a big weekend for this entire team and it’s absolutely powered by the partnerships that we’ve got with innovators like AERO.

 It’s been a ton of work to get to this point and we are very focused on doing everything we can to make it all 24 hours and fight as much as we can!”

The team will have two additional qualifying sessions on Thursday, with the race set to start at 3:00 PM local time (9:00 AM EST) on Saturday.

Additional AERO notes:

—Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced that the team will bring a familiar name with them as the Verizon IndyCar Series makes a history-making return to Road America next weekend. Gehl has signed on as a partner for the Road America event, having had a relationship with Graham Rahal for nearly a decade. The team, which debuted the United Rentals livery in the rain-delayed visit to Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, has been active in utilizing AERO to quickly update the team liveries to reflect their multiple marketing partnerships through the IndyCar season.

—The Road America weekend (June 24-26)  will also feature the Pirelli World Challenge. Scuderia Corsa’s Martin Fuentes carries a healthy lead in the GTA championship in his AERO-equipped No. 07 Scuderia Corsa / HUBLOT Ferrari 458 Italia as the series returns to the iconic American track along with the Verizon IndyCar Series event. Fuentes has scored an incredible eight wins so far in 2016 and is hoping to continue that momentum through the summer stretch of races.

Sunday Group , photos Brian Cleary / Michael Shank Racing


16.06.2016 / MaP

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