Although Michael Shank Racing has sold its Dallara DW12 car to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, team owner Michael Shank is not giving up on his dream to compete in IndyCar.
Shank, who manages a full-time team in Grand-Am’s Rolex Sports Car Series, is determined to enter this year’s Indianapolis 500 and those in the future. Provided that he can get a sponsorship deal and an engine contract, he’ll buy another car and go IndyCar Racing.
“There are a lot of teams that are focused on the Indianapolis 500, and this group (Michael Shank Racing) could be a way for some of these teams to partner up and support that effort while not having to commit to that kind of infrastructure for the full season,” Michael Shank said in a statement.
He set up Michael Shanks Racing Indy with driver A.J. Allmendinger for the sole purpose of competing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“So we’ve moved on from car ownership at this point, but we are working to continue to do what is right for my guys and try to find the right opportunity in the future,” Shanks said. He sold his IndyCar machine to Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as the team co-owned by Sam Schmidt was in need of a second car to enter two drivers full-time this season.
Rookie Tristan Vautier, last year’s Firestone Indy Lights champion, will drive alongside Simon Pagenaud for SPM this season.