IMSA: Honda to power Michael Shank Racing’s P2 prototype

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Michael Shank Racing’s new Ligier JS P2 prototype now has an engine to go with it.

MSR confirmed today at the ongoing Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis that it had entered an engine partnership with Honda.

The team, featuring drivers Ozz Negri and John Pew, is flipping to the P2 equipment for the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship after more than 230 starts with the Daytona Prototype chassis. Additionally, with Honda now on board, MSR is also making a power switch after running Ford engines for several years.

“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 in a statement.

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

“We’re very much looking forward to 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.”

MSR’s tandem of Negri and Pew finished seventh in the Prototype standings last year with just one podium finish, a runner-up late in the year at Road America.

But that was then, and the team’s already getting after it in regards to 2015. MSR’s Twitter account showed off a newly assembled Ligier this afternoon:

Additional MSR driver announcements for the longer 2015 endurance rounds will be announced in the coming weeks.