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Achievements


2013

Tough year for Ozz Negri as he injured his right leg forcing the Brazilian to miss three races.
Ozz again kept his string of getting on the podium every season by finishing 3rd at the Daytona 24 Hours and also at Kansas.


2012

Ozz won his first Rolex 24 At Daytona with co-drivers John Pew, AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson in the 50th Anniversary of the event. Ozz led 67 laps en route to the win.

Ozz also stepped on the podium two extra times, Road America and New Jersey.


2011

2011 saw Ozz and co-driver John Pew once again drive to a second place result at Barber Motorsports Park to score their second consecutive podium at the track.

The Michael Shank Racing duo scored five top-five finishes in 2011 – highlighted with a fourth place result in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Ozz finished sixth in the GRAND-AM Driver Championship.


2010

In 2010, Ozz qualifyed again on the front row for the 24 hours at Daytona finishing 5th.

Braber Motorsports Park brought the first podium of the season and The Crown Royal Ford Riley driven by Ozz and John Pew came home with a 2nd place pinish.

Racing at the Team's home track, another great performance with another second place finish.

Back to the podium at Daytona with a 3rd place finish.

Ozz and the MSR Team finished 5th in Team  Championship points.


2009

After running top four for most of the time at the 2009 Daytona 24 hours, an engine problem took the car out of the race. This was Ozz’s first DNF at Daytona 24 Hours since the first time competing in 2003.

With eight top ten results, Ozz closed the season on the podium at the last race in Homestead, Miami.


2008

Ozz kicked off the season with a pole position at the Daytona 24, a lap record.
After fighting for the lead, Ozz was unable to keep up due to technical problems. With a great effort from the team, Ozz was able to finish 6th.

After a series of nine top ten finishes, Ozz got on the podium on the second round at Homestead. He came in 4th at the 6 Hours of the Glen and at Barber Motorsports Park and drove to victory lane at New Jersey Motorsports Park with a great fight until the checkered flag.


2007

Despite being taken out of the lead with motor problems several times during the 2007 season, Negri showed no lack of pace from the start of the season to the very last lap.
 
Negri set an unofficial track record in the final practice session before qualifying for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona, but a brief rainstorm before the session kept him from making it official.
 
Despite a frustrating season—even a fine podium at one of the continent’s greatest driver tracks, Laguna Seca, was hampered by a late race caution that kept the fuel-starved cars ahead of Negri in the game and into the winner’s circle—Negri kept his speed and his spirits high.
 
In a category that regularly features high-impact passing, Negri kept his nose clean to take eleven top-10 finishes, with four top-6 results.
 
Negri kept pace through the final laps of the season. Despite needing five pit stops to replace batteries af ter a recurring alternator problem, Negri was still within two seconds of a podium as the seven-hour race neared the end. But one last battery-changing pit stop was the gut-punch of the race, forcing “Ozz” to take tenth in the race that he’d won the season before, and had the speed to do so again.


2006

After opening up his 2006 season with a second place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with Co-Drivers A.J. Allmendinger, Justin Wilson, and Mark Patterson, Negri broke through with his first Rolex win in the season-ending Discount Tire Sunchaser 9-Hour at Miller co-driving with Mark Patterson.

7 Top 6
10 Top 10
1 victory


2005

Negri puts his skills as an industry-leading driver coach as well as being a lightning quick driver with a record setting pole position as well as four top tens in six races with series rookie Mark Patterson. The two scored a podium result at the famed Watkins Glen International in just their fourth race together.

Negri did six of the Rolex Series twelve races getting a pole position at Laguna Seca on his first race with Mark Patterson.

4 top 10
1 Pole Position
2 Top 5


2004

Oswaldo Negri breaks out in 2004 Grand Am competition.

When Oswaldo Negri of Miami joined the Michael Shank Racing squad for the second race of the 2004 Rolex Sports Car season, few had heard of the Brazilian ace, but by the end of the season, he was the talk of the paddock, having made the most out of his opportunity and showing he could do more with less in his first full season of Rolex competition.

Negri, who took championships in his native Brazil and moved to England to race against guys with names like Barrichello, Coulthard, and de Ferran, brought speed experience in the Daytona Prototype to the team, having contested a limited schedule of races in 2003. He also brought a wealth of experience developing race cars, as his time in F3 and Indy Lights had led to him being tapped by Barber Dodge and Formula BMW to develop their cars as a test driver.

Eager to show they were well-placed in the category, and working to make the most of the opportunity, Negri and Frisselle scored a coup in just their second race, hustling their way to third place in qualifying and backing that up with a scrappy run to third in the race behind a Michael Shank Racing crew that was adapting quickly to the special challenge of pit stops in sprint-format endurance racing.

The next race in Phoenix didn’t deliver the fortune the team had been hoping for, as the team was again quick in qualifying, taking third on the grid, but suffered from contact with another car, which damaged the right rear suspension and prevented the tire from being changed during the subsequent pit stop, and the team had to settle for sixth place.

The MSR crew regrouped for the Mt. Tremblant round, held in the beautiful mountain region north of Montreal, where the team was again quick in qualifying but suffered during the seasons first six-hour event when Frisselle was knocked clear of the track when another competitor made an overly adventurous move to pass, taking the team out of contention for a top-five finish.

The Glen brought a similar result, with the team once again getting knocked out of contention when a competitor made an ill-advised attempt at a pass, and again thwarted a potential podium finish with the damage in the six-hour enduro.

The Daytona round saw Negri and Frisselle show strength in the late night race, leaping up to second at the start and running in the lead pack all night until the teams final pit stop, where a balky air gun left the 6 car sitting still just long enough to fall off the lead lap, despite the teams best efforts.

A return to Watkins Glen bought better fortunes for Negri, as the team scored their second podium finish of the season after Negri and Frisselle kept their cool in wet conditions, and chased Formula 1 refugee Jan Magnessen to the line for a second place finish, the teams best of the season.

A late summer visit to a sweltering Homestead Miami Speedway, site of Negri’s first podium finish earlier in the season, saw the Brazilian soak up the heat and take on the competition, staging a late race rally to score yet another top-five finish.

The Rolex Sports Car Series moved north to the beautiful natural terrain Virginia International Raceway, where Negri was able to score yet another top-three qualifying position, despite being down on power on the long straightways. The race ended poorly for the team, though, as contact from another car put paid to Negri’s chance to convert the strong qualifying position into a good finish again.

The Rolex season finale, staged at the California Speedway in Fontana, saw Negri qualify seventh in the rapidly expanding Daytona Prototype field, and convert that into a seventh place finish to end the season with another top-ten result. While it wasn’t how the team hoped to finish the season, it was another strong showing as the team had shown what they could do with the Doran chassis and Lexus power against the Pontiac-Riley juggernaut.

After the season ended, Negri was named as the “Grand American Daytona Prototype Rising Star” in a survey of Grand American teams and officials, as well as a panel of media members. Negri shared the award with Max Angelelli, who also had a stand out 2004 season. Negri co-drove the Lexus-powered Doran with young Burt Frisselle, and the driver pairing proved potent, netting two podium finishes during the season and taking the MSR car to sixth in the team championship.

“I am quite honored to have been named for this award,” said Negri. “This season was one of my best ever. Even though it was our first season in the series going against some bigger teams, we always had a competitive chance, and it was very rewarding. I have to thank the Frisselles and whole Michael Shank Racing team for the faith that they showed in me, and all the hard work that they do, because if they hadn’t done such a good job all season, Burt and I would have never been able to show our speed.”


2003

R&D driver for the Barber Dodge Pro-series. Driving for the Team Cegwa Racing Finish 4th in the Daytona Rolex 24 Hours with the Toyota-Fabcar Prototype. Driving for the Inline Cunningham Racing, a 3rd place finish at Fontana in the GTS Grand-Am category, a 4th place finish at Mid-Ohio in the GT Grand-Am category. First race in the ALMAS GT class with a 10th place finish at Sears Point, a fifth place finish at Trois Rivieres, retired when running 6th at Laguna Seca and a 12th place finish at the Pettit Le Man after spending over an hour in the pits.


2002

R&D driver for the Barber Dodge Pro-Series. Competed for the first time in the Sebring 12 Hours with JMB Racing, an official Ferrari Team, finishing 11th. Participated for the second time in the 500 Miles Of Granja Viana.


2001

R&D driver for the Barber Dodge Pro-Series. Competed in the 500 Miles Of Granja Viana.


2000

R&D driver for the Barber Dodge Pro-Series. Third in the Pan-American Indy Lights Championship. Two wins, one second place, one third place. Three pole positions and three lap records. With reliability problems, those were the only four races Negri finished that season.


1999

R&D driver for the Barber Dodge Pro-Series. Runner up of the Pan-American Indy Lights Championship. Four podium finishes in five rounds, with wins in Guadalajara and Aguascalientes. A seventh place finish at the second round of the US Indy Lights Championship at Long Beach.


1998

Pan-American Indy Lights Champion, winning three races, three second places, one seventh, four pole positions, three fastest laps and a lap record.


1997

In the PPG Indy Lights Championship, Negri competed in seven races, qualifying three times in the top three, with one fastest lap at Portland.


1996

Third place in the International Formula 3 Championship, finishing five out of ten races, with one victory, three second places and one fourth place. Negri lead eight of the ten races, and posted two fastest laps.


1995

Competed in the International Formula 3 Championship finishing four out of ten races. One victory, two seconds and one fifth place.


1994

Third place in the International Formula 3 Championship with one victory, four second places, a fourth and a fifth place.


1993

Without sponsorship, Negri was invited to do the last three races of the International Formula 3 Championship, winning on his debut with fastest lap and lap record.


1992

Third place in the British Formula 3 Championship, with one victory, four pole positions and two lap records.


1991

Back in British Formula 3 Championship, Negri was invited to develop the BC1, (Bowman's racing built chassis) qualifying on the front row three times, finishing on the podium four times.


1990

Brazilian and South American Formula 3 Champion. Won six out of eight races, seven lap records.


1987 - 1989

With lack of financial support, Negri did very limited races in the British Formula 3 Championship. Obtained fastest lap on his race debut at Brands Hatch.


1986

Rookie year in the Brazilian Formula Ford, Negri obtained three victories, three pole positions and five lap records. Was selected as driver of the year.


1973 - 1985

Started racing at 9 years old, winning the Brazilian and São Paulo Formula Championships. Moving on to Go Karts, Negri won the Brazilian Championship four times. Champion of the Rio-São Paulo and Paulista Championships.



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