John Pew

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John Pew
Nationality United States American
Born (1956-04-01) April 1, 1956 (age 58)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
2014 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
Current team Michael Shank Racing
Former teams
  • Synergy Racing
  • Michael Baughman Racing
Championship titles
2005 Star Mazda Masters Championship
Awards
2010-2011 GRAND-AM Trueman Award

John Pew (born April 1, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American racing driver, who competes in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series for Michael Shank Racing. He won the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona overall in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford-Riley Daytona Prototype.

Early racing career[edit]

Pew began racing in 2000 in the Skip Barber Racing School. After making his sports car racing debut (see below), he moved to the Star Mazda Masters Championship, winning the title in 2005 for drivers over 45 years old.[1] He returned to the Star Mazda Masters Championship in 2006 but only managed sixth in points, but was the highest-finishing Masters driver in two races.

Grand-Am[edit]

Pew made his Rolex Sports Car Series debut in 2004 when he competed in 24 Hours of Daytona in a Baughman Racing Chevrolet Corvette. In 2006, he also competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona with co-drivers Hal Prewitt, Steve Marshall, Danny Marshall, and Ben McCrackin in a Synergy Racing Porsche 911, finishing 17th.[2]

In 2007 Pew moved full-time to sports car racing in Grand-Am's Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class with Michael Shank Racing co-driving their car with Ian James.[3] Pew finished 25th in drivers points in the DP class.[2]

In 2008 Pew, James, and Raphael Matos captured his first win at Miller Motorsports Park,[4] and Pew improved to ninth in DP class points.[2] In 2009 he returned to Michael Shank Racing, this time teaming with Michael Valiante and finished 12th in DP driver points.[2]

For 2010 his Michael Shank Racing teammate was Oswaldo Negri and Pew improved to seventh in points.[2] Pew also won the Jim Trueman award for the top Pro-Am racer in the Grand-Am series. The team of Pew and Negri returned to Shank in 2011 and Pew improved to sixth in DP points, again winning the Jim Trueman award.[5] Pew and Negri returned to Michael Shank Racing in 2012.[6] The team of Pew and Negri along with one-off co-drivers A. J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson won the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Pew is married, to Stephanie. He is an avid recreational sailor who has sailed over 100,000 miles across the world's oceans and currently resides in North Palm Beach, Florida.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Pew steps down and will race Ricky Taylor at Road Atlanta". Star Mazda Series. September 22, 2006. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "John Pew". Grand-Am Road Racing. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Patterson and Pew confirm Trueman Award entry". Michael Shank Racing. January 17, 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Michael Shank Racing Concludes 2008 Rolex Series Season with Win in SunRichGourmet.com 1000". Grand-Am Road Racing. September 20, 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  5. ^ Pew Wins Trueman Award, Speed, September 19, 2011, Retrieved 2012-01-31
  6. ^ Pew, Negri Set For '12 GA Campaign With MSR, Ford Racing, December 12, 2011, Retrieved 2012-01-31
  7. ^ AJ Allmendinger, Ozz Negri, John Pew and Justin Wilson give Michael Shank Racing a maiden Daytona 24 Hours win, Autosport, January 29, 2012, Retrieved 2012-01-31
  8. ^ Fryer, Jenna. Allmendinger leads Michael Shank Racing to win, Associated Press, January 30, 2012, Retrieved 2012-01-31

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