IMSA: Ligier JS P2 confirmed for Michael Shank Racing

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Michael Shank Racing will run a Ligier JS P2 chassis in 2015, constructor Onroak Automotive has confirmed Friday.

The team is due to premiere the car at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, after continuing with its existing Daytona Prototype at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January to open the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season.

“The completion of this agreement with MSR for the sale of a Ligier JS P2 is a great satisfaction for Onroak Automotive,” Onroak president Jacques Nicolet said in the release. “MSR is one of the best-established, well-known teams in endurance in the United States.

“The fact that they have chosen us to make the transition to LM P2 is a real reward for all the efforts we’ve invested this year to make ourselves known on the American continent. I would like to wish MSR the greatest possible success in this fresh chapter in their history, and we’ll do all we can to support them in this new adventure.”

Added Shank, “This is really exciting news for me and this entire team. Getting John (Pew) and Ozz (Negri) back, I think we’ve got all the tools we need to be successful in 2015.”

This is the second American team to purchase a Ligier JS P2; Krohn Racing announced its purchase at the Circuit of the Americas FIA World Endurance Championship/TUDOR Championship weekend in September.