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It's a family affair as Michael McDowell expresses how humbling it is for him to win the inaugural pole for the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Michael McDowell doesn't give Marcos Ambrose an inch and sends him spinning into the wall.
Shortly after Michael McDowell brings out the caution in practice after hitting the wall, Ryan Newman gets loose in a mock qualifying run and puts it in the fence.
Michael McDowell makes a great save after being in a tight spot off Turn 2.
Michael McDowell has engine trouble early on lap four of the Johnsonville Sausage 200 Presented by Menards at Road America.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs Racing announced Monday that Michael McDowell will join their team of drivers for the 2011 Nationwide Series season. McDowell is currently slated to drive in both Nationwide Series races at Iowa in the No. 18 Toyota with the potential to add additional races to his schedule for JGR. "Anytime you have the opportunity to work with someone with the talent and character of Michael you are excited," JGR president J.D. Gibbs said. "We are blessed with a great group of drivers across all three of our entries in the Nationwide Series next season." Joe Gibbs Racing has experienced tremendous success the past three seasons in the Nationwide Series. Last season the No. 18 team captured the Nationwide Series owner's championship behind Kyle Busch's record 13 victories despite driving in only 29 events. In 2009 the No. 18 team captured the combined driver's and owner's titles as Busch drove the full season. Meanwhile, JGR's No. 20 team earned the organization's first Nationwide Series owner's championship in 2008. In all, JGR has 49 victories in the Nationwide Series the past three seasons. "These JGR race teams have an incredible performance history" McDowell said. "This is a great opportunity and I am honored to represent Pizza Ranch in their home state of Iowa and drive the No. 18. I appreciate the confidence Pizza Ranch and JGR have in me and plan to make the best of it. " This will mark McDowell's fifth year racing in the Nationwide Series after making his debut with three races during the 2007 season. He added two more races in 2008 and competed on a full-time basis in 2009, earning five top-10 and 18 top-20 finishes while starting 34 of the season's 35 races. Last season he competed in 33 of the 35 races with one top-10 and 10 top-20 finishes. McDowell also competes in the Sprint Cup Series where he has made 52 career starts in the past three seasons. McDowell , 26, and his wife, Jami, live in Huntersville, N.C., with their two-year-old son, Trace.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Fully committed to earning the best possible result in the team's eighth consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona outing, Michael Shank Racing will stage the strongest campaign in team history with three Daytona Prototype entries for the 49th running of the endurance classic on Jan. 29-30. On Friday, team owner Mike Shank announced the driver lineup for the third entry, with the No. 6 Ford-Dallara being driven Sprint Cup Series drivers A.J. Allmendinger and Michael McDowell and IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. The 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona will mark Allmendinger's sixth attempt in the Rolex 24. He has led every race that he has started, with a best result of second, which he shared with Wilson in 2006. Wilson has three starts in the event, and will look to improve his own personal best, having twice run to the checkered flag in the overall runner-up position. "I've been telling Mike that I am not going to stop trying to win this race until we get to the top, and hopefully we can do that this year," Allmendinger said. "Mike Shank runs a great team, and this race is what his entire organization is all about. I can't even describe how much I want to win this race. Getting so close the first time out, and having led it as much as we have only makes me want it that much more." McDowell has Grand-Am experience stretching back to 2004, as the Phoenix native broke through for his first Daytona Prototype victory one year later in Mexico City. While his motorsports career has seen him show speed in everything from open wheel machines to the Cup Series, his participation in the Rolex 24 has remained constant, with three top-10 finishes in four starts. "Starting the year with the Rolex 24 is a great way to kick the season off," McDowell said. "I've been fortunate to run the 24 with some strong driver lineups, but I feel like this is the best effort that I've been a part of. Mike Shank's cars are always very fast at Daytona and the team does an excellent job preparing the cars."