Pataskala, Ohio (19 August 2022) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) is excited to announce that Helio Castroneves will return to the team’s IndyCar program for 2023 driving the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud – No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda – make up MSR’s IndyCar stable for the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season.
Castroneves first joined MSR for a six race campaign in the 2021 INDYCAR season. The first race of the season for MSR and Castroneves as a team – the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 – exceeded all expectations as Castroneves raced to a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory – exactly 12 years after his previous 500 win in 2009.
The win was also the first-ever IndyCar series victory for MSR with the Ohio-based team having made its series debut in 2017.
The 2021 Indianapolis 500 was MSR’s 38th NTT INDYCAR SERIES entry after the team ran a six race program in 2018 and ten races in 2020. The team went on to compete full-time in 2020 and expanded in 2021 to one full-time entry and the partial season campaign with Castroneves.
To date, Castroneves has 31 victories and 50 IndyCar pole positions on his resume – putting him in IndyCar’s top ten in history for most victories and pole positions. The 2023 IndyCar season will see Castroneves once again attempt to be the first driver in IndyCar history to claim a fifth Indianapolis 500 victory.
“Keeping Helio onboard wasn’t really a question for us. We’ve built a really strong relationship with him over these last two race seasons. He brings so much to the table, on and off the track. He’s been able to help us grow as a team and we’ve been able to learn from his years of experience. It’s truly a mutually beneficial relationship. And of course he’s a perfect face of the sport and has such an infectious personality, so to have him on our team is an honor.”
“I’m so excited that myself and Meyer Shank Racing have renewed for 2023. I’m super optimistic for an amazing season because of everything that we have built this season – all the positive data and positive energy. I can’t thank Mike and Jim enough and of course all of our partners. There is no question that we are all super excited to continue this amazing partnership. Simon (Pagenaud) and I are going to do everything we can to finish this season strong, and then have a good start to 2023 and some even better results.”
INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Aug. 5, 2022) – INDYCAR officials have announced a six-position starting grid penalty for the No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing entry for an unapproved engine change following Saturday’s race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
The team was in violation of:
Rule 220.127.116.11 A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out.
According to Rule 18.104.22.168, the penalty is a six-position starting grid penalty on road and street course events and nine positions at oval events and will be served at the series’ next event, which is the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Sunday, Aug. 7 on the streets of Nashville.
Pataskala, Ohio (3 August 2022) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) faces a busy double-duty weekend, wrapping up a grueling stretch of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition with five races in four weekends. The team now heads back to the streets of Nashville for round 14 of the IndyCar championship while the team’s championship leading IMSA program will head to Road America for the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Meyer Shank Racing Back on the Streets of the Music City
Simon Pagenaud: No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda
Sunday, August 7, NBC/Peacock (3:00pm ET)
SiriusXM Ch. 160
Meyer Shank Racing’s IndyCar program heads to Nashville for the second edition of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. A one of a kind race sees the field of IndyCars take on the 2.17-mile street course with part of the track stretching across the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Last year’s race saw MSR run a two-car lineup with Helio Castroneves and Jack Harvey. Castroneves started ninth and finished 15th while Harvey started sixth and finished 15th.
No stranger to the Music City, Castroneves raced seven times at Nashville Superspeedway from 2002 through 2008, scoring three podium finishes and taking the pole in 2008.
In last year’s Music City Grand Prix, Pagenaud started seventh and finished 21st.
The Music City Grand Prix is set for Sunday, August 7th with live broadcast coverage on NBC and Peacock starting at 3:00pm ET. IndyCar Radio will also have live radio coverage on SiriusXM Ch. 160.
“I’m very excited to head back to Nashville. Last year’s race was a lot of fun and it was great to be a part of the first street race in Nashville. We ran well there last year, so I’m feeling pretty good heading into the weekend. We’ve all reset from last weekend’s race in Indy and we’re ready for Nashville!”
“I love Nashville, it’s one of my favorite tracks. And we’re heading back to a street course and we’ve been super competitive on those kinds of tracks. It’s obviously Music City and with SiriusXM we look forward to a very special weekend. Personally I’m looking forward to executing this weekend and maybe bring home some hardware.”
Meyer Shank Racing Takes Championship Lead to Elkhart Lake
Driver Lineup: Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis: No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Acura ARX-05 DPi Tune In: Sunday, August 7, 2022 on USA Network and Peacock (12:00pm ET) / SiriusXM Ch. 207
MSR is riding a wave of five-consecutive second-place finishes, and enters the IMSA Fastlane SportsCar Weekend at Road America with a 56-point lead atop the DPi championship standings. Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist began the campaign by winning the 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona, and are now focused on winning the championship with only two races remaining in 2022.
Last year, MSR led 26 laps and set the fastest race lap at the 4.048-mile circuit with the Acura ARX-05, but an early-race pit gamble backfired when a long green-flag run resulted in a fourth-place finish for the No. 60 Acura DPi of Dane Cameron and Olivier Pla.
Jarvis raced four times at Road America onboard a DPi, finishing second a year ago and third in 2019. In his lone race at the circuit in 2019, Blomqvist started seventh and finished fifth in GTLM.
“Road America is one of the best tracks in the world, so it’s always a pleasure to race there. We go into the weekend with a very small lead in the Championship, so this weekend is crucial in the championship fight. The fast flowing nature of the track should suit the Acura ARX-05, but as we know from previous years it is also a track where our competitors are extremely strong. Having finished the last 5 races 2nd it would be great to go one better!”
“We’re coming down to the final stretch of the championship. Obviously we’re going into the weekend with a small lead and it’s super important for us to have a strong, clean weekend. I’m actually really looking forward to going to Road America, it’s one of my favorites, if not my favorite track on the calendar. I love driving there and I think in the DPi it’s going to be spectacular. The team have been working hard during this little break as usual. Hopefully we can continue our form and put ourselves in a good position going into the last round with a little buffer in the championship. We’re motivated, and super pumped, and I can’t wait.”
Pataskala, Ohio (11 July 2022) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) returns to NTT INDYCAR SERIES action with a trip north of the border for this weekend’s Honda Indy Toronto, the team’s first race on the streets of the Canadian city (Sunday, 3:00pm ET, Peacock, SiriusXM Ch. 160).
Defending race winner Simon Pagenaud will drive the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda in the race at the Exhibition Place circuit, while Helio Castroneves will be at the wheel of the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda.
Pagenaud won the most recent event in Toronto, dominating the 2019 race when he led 80 of the 85 laps from the pole on the challenging 11-turn, 1.786-mile layout. Pagenaud also finished second in 2018 and won the pole in 2017. The Frenchman raced 14 times at the Toronto street circuit, qualifying in the top four for the last seven consecutive races.
Castroneves is a 15-time competitor in Toronto, finishing second three times among four podium finishes. Castroneves was the 2014 pole winner, qualifying six times in the top three.
MSR will lean on the strength of its driver pairing with the Ohio-based team heading to the Honda Indy Toronto for the very first time with the event having been cancelled the last two race seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The race will be televised on Sunday on Peacock at 3 p.m. ET. The event will also be broadcast live on SiriusXM Channel 160.
“I’m super excited for Toronto and first of all, coming back after so many years – my last race in Toronto was in 2017 and I remember we were having a blast there. I’m sure the Canadian fans are really excited to have IndyCar back there again as well. Myself and Simon are really looking forward to it, especially after Detroit qualifying. We showed a lot of speed on the street courses, so hopefully we can have another strong weekend.”
“I can’t wait to go back to Toronto, it was such a great event back in 2019 and I won the race! It’s a race track that I really enjoy. I love the rhythm of the track and it’s a place that I feel very comfortable at. We have an amazing street course package with Meyer Shank Racing, so obviously it’s a weekend that I’m really looking forward to. Hopefully we execute perfectly all weekend and end up with some hardware at the end.”
Elkhart Lake, Wisc. (11 June 2022) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) drivers Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud took on the longest circuit on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar – 4.0-miles – for qualifying on Saturday at Road America.
Pagenaud will start 11th in the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda while Castroneves will start 16th in the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda for Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America.
MSR came into the weekend with a strong record of success in qualifying at Road America having qualified on the front row in 2020 and third in 2021. Working through a range of setup adjustments in practice on Friday and finding additional pace on Saturday morning during Practice 2, both MSR machines were tuned for qualifying.
Castroneves unfortunately just missed out on transferring out of the first round after posting a 1:45.621-second lap, which was just one-tenth shy of the cutoff. Castroneves was locked in at 16th for Sunday’s race.
Pagenaud had a strong qualifying run, advancing from the first Group and into the Top 12 for the second race in a row for MSR. With rain threatening, the field took to the track for the 10 minute Top 12 session, with Pagenaud setting several promising laps on the way to carding a quick time of 1:45.275-seconds to secure a sixth row start for Sunday’s race.
The Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America will have live broadcast coverage on NBC starting at 12:00pm ET with the green flag set for 12:45pm ET. SiriusXM will also host live IndyCar radio coverage on XM Ch. 160.
Simon Pagenaud: “We’ve made big improvements all weekend and we managed to get into the fast 12, which I’m really happy about. I think the whole group at Meyer Shank racing did a great job to be in the fast 12. I’m surely going to find four hundredths of a second on the data that would have put us P8, but honestly P8 to P11 is where we have stacked up this weekend. There’s a big game on tire degradation this weekend, and we don’t know yet which tire will be best in the race and that’s really where we are at this point. I don’t think the starting position really matters too much because we’ll see a big game on tire choice tomorrow.”
Helio Castroneves: “The car was pretty decent this morning, but when it came to qualifying, the car started to have some understeer on the reds. Unfortunately, on such a long track if you miss it just a tiny bit, that’s it. We missed it by literally a tenth (of a second) to be in the top six of our group. At the end of the day, we’re going to fight to do everything we can for the AutoNation / SiriusXM machine to get up to the front.”
Detroit, Mich. (4 June 2022) – Enjoying its most impressive team qualifying result in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) placed both cars in the second row for Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix (3:00pm ET, USA Network).
Simon Pagenaud turned in the third-fastest time, running 1:15.395-seconds in the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda while teammate Helio Castroneves was fourth in the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda with a lap of 1:15.453-seconds.
Both MSR drivers scored their first-ever IndyCar victories – Castroneves in 2000 and Pagenaud in 2013 – at the 2.3-mile, 14-turn temporary circuit which is being used for the final time before the Detroit event returns to a downtown layout in 2023.
Castroneves dominated Group 1 qualifying and finished the session at the top of the leaderboard with Pagenaud fifth fastest. Top twelve qualifying saw Castroneves and Pagenaud post their fastest laps of the weekend, cresting into the 1:14-seconds, and advancing into the Firestone Fast Six.
For the first time ever, Meyer Shank Racing had two of its entries in the Firestone Fast Six. Castroneves pushed the No. 06 Honda to the limits, grazing the wall on several occasions. He ultimately put the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda in fourth. Pagenaud was on a pole lap when traffic ahead slowed his progress and he settled with a third place starting position.
The race will be broadcast live on USA Network on Sunday at 3:00pm ET with live IndyCar Radio Coverage on SiriusXM Ch. 160.
Driver Quotes: Helio Castroneves:
“Look, that was a very dodgy session, I’m sure my in-car camera would show it. It was an adventure and there was a lot going on. Great team effort, but we came up just a little bit short there at the end. It was a great run for both myself and Simon (Pagenaud) in the top six which shows how working together can elevate the team to the next level.”
“Fantastic day for the team. We’re starting on the second row with Helio (Castroneves) and he did a great job as well. We had such competitive cars all weekend and I’m glad we were able to perform so well for Meyer Shank Racing. I’m slightly disappointed, because I had to bail out on my pole lap so that I wouldn’t get interfered with Pato (O’Ward) which is quite unfortunate. But I’m really proud of the team and I have high hopes for tomorrow.”
Detroit, Mich. (31 May 2022) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) will be making a final double-duty visit to Belle Isle Park on June 3-5 for the Detroit Grand Prix, a combined NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend.
This will be the final event at the 14-turn, 2.3-mile temporary track, located on an island in the Detroit River between the U.S. and Canada. The venue has hosted competition since 1992, when it replaced a downtown track that debuted with a Formula 1 race in 1982. For 2023, both series will race on a new course as competition returns to downtown Motor City.
Meyer Shank Racing’s Castroneves, Pagenaud Both Winners at Detroit
Simon Pagenaud: No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda;
Saturday, June 5, USA/Peacock (3:00pm ET)
SiriusXM Ch. 205
Only one week following the Indianapolis 500 which saw MSR finished seventh and eighth, the team will take to the streets in Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix.
Both Meyer Shank Racing drivers have enjoyed success in the past at the venue. Castroneves competed in 17 races in Detroit between his time in IndyCar and Champ Car. Castroneves claimed his first-ever IndyCar victory at Belle Isle in 2000. Castroneves also originated the fence climb victory celebration following his 2000 Detroit win.
Castroneves went on to win in 2001 and 2014 as well as collecting poles in 2007 and 2014. His last appearance was 2017, when he finished seventh and ninth in the double-header IndyCar weekend.
Pagenaud raced at Belle Isle 17 times from 2012 through 2021 and won his very first INDYCAR race at Belle Isle in 2013. In addition, he has four podium finishes in Detroit. He also captured poles for both of the 2016 races.
MSR ran its No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda in the 2021 Detroit Grand Prix. Jack Harvey finished 16th in the opening race, but lost time with punctures after being hit by opponents in the Sunday round, finishing 23rd.
“Detroit brings me a lot of memories, that’s where the fence climb started. I raced for so many years with Roger (Penske) and made friends as well. It’ll be great to do the last race on Belle Isle before we move to racing downtown next year. I’m looking forward to going back and hopefully climbing the fence again.”
“I’m getting ready for Detroit, which is a very important place to me. It’s where I won my first INDYCAR race in the past. We’re going with Meyer Shank Racing and for the last year at Belle Isle as we go next year to the streets of downtown Detroit. Meanwhile, the goal is to go and win that race. We have an awesome race car for the street course, so we’re hoping we can go and get that top spot for the last one at Belle Isle.”
Meyer Shank Racing takes back-to-back second-place finishes to Belle Isle
Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis: No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Acura ARX-05 DPi
Tune In: Saturday, June 4, 2022 on USA Network and Peacock (3:00 p.m. ET)
SiriusXM Ch. 202
MSR remains in the thick of the battle for the IMSA DPi championship, trailing the leaders by only 32 points on the strength of back-to-back second-place finishes at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Mid-Ohio. The team opened the season by winning the 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona, joined by Castroneves and Pagenaud. The team placed fifth in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, and then saw a potential podium finish slip away in the final two minutes with a fourth-place finish at Long Beach.
MSR is a two-time winner at Belle Isle, taking GTD honors in 2017 and 2018. The 2017 win was the very first victory for the Acura NSX GT3 in North America.
Jarvis raced in three WeatherTech Championship events at Belle Isle from 2018-2021, finishing fourth in last year’s event. The Detroit weekend will be Blomqvist’s first race in Detroit – and is the only venue on the IMSA calendar that he has not raced at.
“We’re coming off the back of some pretty strong results, but we know Detroit is a track that probably favors the Cadillacs a bit more. But we were strong in Long Beach so we know we have a solid car on street courses. If we can work it out between now and then, hopefully we can close that gap in the championship. It’s important to maximize our points and close that gap to the 10 car.”
“Detroit is another street track, another set of challenges compared to the last two events. I think we need to look back at how we performed at Long Beach. It will be a bit of a tough weekend for us as Detroit is a track that is more suited to the Cadillacs. But nonetheless we showed a lot of promise in Long Beach and hopefully we can carry that direction into Detroit. I’m looking forward to it – it’s actually the only track on the calendar that I don’t know. So I’ll need to get my bearings and get up to speed a bit more quickly, and it’s not an easy track, it’s actually quite challenging. But I know we’ll go into the weekend as we always do and hopefully we’ll have another good result.”
Indianapolis, Ind. (29 May 2022) – The 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 did not disappoint as nearly 300,000 fans came back home again to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Memorial Day weekend classic. Following Meyer Shank Racing’s (MSR) breakthrough and hugely popular victory in the 2021 edition of the Indianapolis 500, MSR once again delivered another strong outing with both team entries.
Meyer Shank Racing drivers Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud emerged from a two lap shootout following a late race red flag to finish seventh and eighth respectively.
The double top-ten team result followed strong drives through the field for both entries, with the AutoNation / SiriusXM duo converting strong pit stops, team strategy, and race day pace into positive progression in the 200 lap event.
Between MSR’s two car lineup, the team improved 28 positions through the nearly three-hour event, with Castroneves claiming the biggest mover of the race following a 20 position improvement from his 27th place qualifying effort onboard the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda.
It was a smooth, steady climb for the MSR teammates in the 200 lap race which saw six caution periods. Using superior fuel mileage, both drivers raced into the top 10 ahead of their first pit stop on laps 34 and 35. Pagenaud was 11th and Castroneves 14th at the midway point and the two were comfortably within the top ten with just 50 laps to go.
It was looking to be a flat out race to the finish, but with six laps to go one final yellow flag waved. To ensure a green flag finish, the race was red flagged to the enthusiastic approval of the huge race day crowd as Pagenaud ran sixth and Castroneves ninth. A green, white, checkered finish ultimately saw Castroneves move ahead to seventh and Pagenaud eighth.
The team will continue to build on the result in short order as both sides of the Ohio-based organization prepare for the double INDYCAR / IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event next weekend for the Detroit Grand Prix.
Meyer Shank Racing Tackles Barber, Laguna Seca in Double-Duty Weekend
Pataskala, Ohio (25 April 2022) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) is set for its third double-duty weekend of the 2022 race season, fielding competitive teams in Sunday’s events at Barber Motorsport Park and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
MSR’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES team visits Birmingham for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (May 1st, 1:00pm ET, NBC), the fourth IndyCar race of the year.
Meanwhile, the MSR sports car program will compete in Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship presented by Motul (May 1st, 3:00pm ET, NBC).
Meyer Shank Racing’s Pagenaud and Castroneves are Both Former IndyCar Winners at Barber
Simon Pagenaud: No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda
Sunday, May 1, 1:00pm ET on NBC / Peacock
SiriusXM Ch. 160
Helio Castroneves led the two-car MSR effort in the most recent IndyCar race at Long Beach, placing ninth on the famed California street circuit. Teammate Simon Pagenaud had an off-course excursion that cost him three laps and he ultimately finished 19th.
Now heading to the free-flowing, high-speed Barber Motorsports Park, Castroneves and Pagenaud have their sights set on a top finish having both claimed victories at the 2.3-mile road course.
Castroneves has eight career starts at Birmingham from 2010-17, winning in 2010 in addition to winning two pole positions.
Pagenaud is a 10-time veteran of Barber, winning from the pole in 2016 on the way to winning the IndyCar Championship.
Meyer Shank Racing has two race starts at Barber yielding 13th and 11th place finishes in 2019 and 2021.
“We’re coming off a little incident at IMS with the warm up lane but good news is, the car is already in the shop. I spoke with Mike Shank and the boys are doing a phenomenal job. It’s an important one [the Indianapolis 500], we have to make sure the car is ready. Now, we have to keep moving on for Barber which is next. We had a great test at Barber last month which is very good. The car is super fast so I’m looking forward to getting back in the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM machine so that we can have some fun out there.”
“We had a good test in Barber about two weeks ago, just before Long Beach. We had a positive session and I was really happy with the race car. We still have some fine tuning to do with it, but I feel very comfortable and confident going into the race weekend with a test under our belt. It’s a race where I’ve had success in the past and I really look forward to being there and being out on the track. Hopefully we can have a good weekend.”
Clopay Joins Meyer Shank Racing for 2022 INDYCAR Season Ohio-based firm becomes MSR’s Exclusive Garage and Entry Door Company
Pataskala, Ohio (18 March 2022) – 2021 Indianapolis 500 winners Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) will add another valued partner to its roster with the addition of Clopay, manufacturers of commercial and residential doors.
Clopay will be featured on Meyer Shank Racing’s dual IndyCar lineup, which includes four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves (No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda) and 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2016 IndyCar Series Champion Simon Pagenaud (No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda).
As North America’s largest garage door manufacturer, Clopay is known for its innovative and uncompromising product performance. With roots not far from MSR’s home base in Ohio, Clopay’s products are 100% US made.
MSR’s new 42,000 square foot facility in Pataskala Ohio also features Clopay garage doors throughout, giving the two-time IMSA Championship and Indianapolis 500 winning team an upgraded look.
“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Clopay before and now having them come onboard for the rest of the IndyCar season is great,” said Mike Shank. “They’ve shown their support for MSR and now we’ll do everything we can the rest of the season to give them results. We have had a lot of momentum since the 500 but we’re taking it day by day and working towards getting consistent results each race weekend.”
“From a marketing perspective, there is an obvious relationship between garage doors and cars” said Clopay Vice President of Marketing Justin Evans. “We have considered a motorsports sponsorship for a while, and were looking for the right opportunity. Clopay is thrilled to be associated with MSR, both on and off the track, and expect this partnership to significantly increase our brand awareness among loyal race fans.”
Clopay will make its debut on the Meyer Shank Racing IndyCars at this weekend’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, 12:30pm ET, NBC).