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Shank Confirms Honda Power for 2015 TUSC Season

Honda to power Michael Shank’s Ligier JS P2 for 2015…

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Michael Shank Racing has confirmed its engine partnership with Honda, where it will power the team’s new Ligier JS P2 chassis in the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

The official confirmation came Friday during the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis.

Additionally, the team has revealed a new livery, which is actually a reincarnation of a prior orange and black livery run more than five years ago.

Last week, Shank took delivery of the chassis campaigned Stateside by OAK Racing the last two TUDOR Championship races this season.

The switch to the Honda-powered Ligier comes after more than 230 Daytona Prototype starts, and more than 32,000 laps completed since 2004.

“Moving to the Ligier JS P2 should not only be an asset for our TUDOR campaign this year, but it is also a step toward being in a position to compete at Le Mans in 2016,” Shank said.

“This is a great package and has already proven itself, not only here in TUDOR, but also in the World Endurance Championship. This is a big move for our team, and I’m really excited about the future.”

The engine partnership sees Honda come in to replace Ford, Shank’s longtime partner since 2008.

“We’re very much looking forward our new partnership with Michael Shank Racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship,” said Allen Miller, prototype project leader for Honda Performance Development.

“Michael Shank Racing has established itself as one of the premier teams in American endurance racing, and we believe their switch to an LMP2 chassis and Honda turbocharged V6 engine positions them well for 2015 and the seasons to come.”

With Extreme Speed Motorsports running a full season of the FIA World Endurance Championship, Honda now has its first full-season TUDOR Championship entry confirmed with this news.

No additional drivers for any of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds were named. The expanded lineup, set to be announced in the coming weeks, could include MSR team veterans.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to NBCSports.com and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. susafan

    December 12, 2014 at 11:49 am

    “could include MSR team veterans”, maybe Wilson or Yacaman. I really hope they could draft in Brundle, Hunter-Reay or Graf, but that’s just a dream.

    • Harrison Bien Aime

      December 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Wilson And Allmendinger?

      • susafan

        December 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

        I would not choose Allmendinger, as he has not driven a real racecar since he left Champcar to go the NAPCAR route. Shank should get an experienced LMP-Driver to coach John and Ozz.

        • Harrison Bien-Aime

          December 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

          He’s a Team Veteran Like Justin Wilson, so he’s guaranteed to be on the team for Daytona. And He did some Indycar racing for Penske in 2013.

        • Max

          December 12, 2014 at 12:55 pm

          You seem to be forgetting about his Indy Car and Rolex 24 starts in the past few years.

          • NightStalk3r

            December 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm

            Indeed, and very impressive he was in the Shank DP at Daytona.

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

            Aj has put together some outstanding performances at the Rolex 24 the last few years. 2015 he’s going to be Dynamite In the HPD Ligier at Daytona

        • Ed Holmes

          December 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm

          I really don’t think Ozz Negri needs to be coached re driving a sportscar of any kind. He’s the man!

        • Paige

          December 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm

          A.J. has been a major part of MSR’s Rolex 24 driver lineups for several years (crossed the finish line to win in 2012). I’m pretty certain he will be a part of the 2015 lineup as well.

    • Mother of LMP1

      December 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Yucaman is too careless for the series. He is always damaging cars or crashing into someone. I cannot imagine anyone who would want to hire him

      • Jack

        December 12, 2014 at 10:54 pm

        Gustavo and ho ping ting will be in the krohn car, heard that from someone who is close with the team, IMO I believe it will the dinger and brundle, oak will be supporting shank with certain things, so I expect 1 oak driver and 1 of shanks boys

  2. JohnRamella

    December 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Hmmm… MSR wants to get into IndyCar badly. The block last time was not being able to procure an engine. By going Honda power – he’s probably got a shot. His sponsors want him in IndyCar.

  3. jeff

    December 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    love to see yacaman at daytona

    • Nuno Rosario

      December 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I think he is the perfect guy for MSR as he proved this year that himself on P2 based machinery he is absolutely fast, his agressive style suits the P2 immensely

  4. Nick

    December 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Hopefully Aero sticks with the team to give it a slick orange and black paint scheme

    • Nick

      December 12, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      A metallic one that is

    • ACE_SGV

      December 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      yup loving the orange and black sheme

    • ACE_SGV

      December 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      yup loving the orange and black scheme

  5. Mother of LMP1

    December 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    How long before there are no Ford powered cars in TUDOR?

  6. Paige

    December 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    So excited for MSR. Can’t wait for next season. Feel like they’ll be able to have some great runs.

    Love the orange and black livery. I first noticed the team because of those colors.

  7. Dan

    December 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Mike Shank did say on twitter earlier today that AJ would drive the car at daytona for sure. The 4th driver, I would bet, will be a Honda driver. It could be Wilson, but I’d bet it’s more likely to be James Hinchcliff (remember Honda ties w/ the Starworks Honda last year) or a driver from Europe or who is either connected with Oak/Ligier (Yacaman, Pla, Ho-Pin Tung, Brundle) or Honda (Newgarden or Hunter-Raey)

    • Harrison Bien Aime

      December 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Hinch will be at Daytona next year, but he’ll most likely be driving one of the skyactiv diesels. If that’s not the case, would like to see him driving #60 HPD Ligier. RHR-?????, best guess is that he’ll be with Wayne Taylor Racing.

      • Dan

        December 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        True, but I think I remember Mazda already announcing their daytona lineup as Miller/Nunez/Devlin and Bomarito/Long/Trembley….

        But yeah I forgot, you’re probably right about RHR

    • Forrest

      December 13, 2014 at 9:18 am

      Newgarden isn’t a Honda driver anymore, since CFH Racing is a Chevy team.

  8. Smarf

    December 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I personally love the fact that the Forum Eggsperts spent the last couple of years bashing everything Mike Shank said but now he’s the P2 Standard Bearer.

    Rock on with your skeezy shades, Mike. Rock on.

  9. racefan101

    December 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

    That is a great looking car. Can’t wait to see it at Daytona and Sebring.

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