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Meyer Shank Racing Closes First IndyCar Season at Sonoma Finale

Sonoma, Calif. (16 September 2018) – Meyer Shank Racing closed the curtains on its first Verizon IndyCar Series campaign after completing the season finale at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday. Jack Harvey fought hard in his No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda to bring home a 17th place result.

Working with technical partner Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM), the 2018 season saw the first-year squad show promise in a year full of learning. The MSR and Harvey pairing has grown throughout their six race IndyCar campaign. Running a select schedule of events, the MSR effort has arrived for each race weekend ready to go and make demonstrable progress at each race outing.

Hopes were high heading into Sonoma as Harvey aimed to ride the momentum from his strong Portland outing earlier this month. An eighth row starting position for the Sonoma Grand Prix wasn’t ideal, but Harvey set his focus forward at the drop of the green flag for Sunday’s 85 lap race.

Clean running kept Harvey out of trouble through the first stint which allowed him to hold his starting position through to his first pit stop on lap 36. Fighting to maximize grip, Harvey continued on through the 44 laps of green flag running before the first and only full course caution.

Three near perfect pit stops and Harvey’s perseverance kept the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda in the fight, as the Honda-Dallara that carried AutoNation’s “DrivePink” campaign fought forward to close in on a dense pack with just eight laps to go. After 85 laps of hard-fought running, Harvey brought home a 17th place result.

“Overall I think that we had a lot of great moments in the year, but I don’t think we ever got the result that fully matched the potential that we had or that the team deserved,” said Harvey. “This weekend has been a struggle. Even though today clearly wasn’t my best day, if you look at the year as a whole, we had some good moments. I really have to thank everyone from Meyer Shank Racing and SPM. And without AutoNation and SiriusXM, neither of us would be able to get to be here, so really the biggest thanks go to them. I’m optimistic and hopeful that next year we will do more races and have more opportunities to get a better result.”

The season long IndyCar campaign checked the box on one of Mike Shank’s long-held goals, but the end of the year only brightens the focus on 2019 as Shank looks to grow and build the IndyCar side of his program.

“This year has been a whirlwind,” said Shank. “I think we came into it with realistic expectations and I think that helped us a lot. Obviously when we come to these races we want results. We want to get results for the team and of course for AutoNation and SiriusXM, who without them, we wouldn’t be here. This year has been a great stepping stone and we are aiming to do more IndyCar races next year. I can’t say enough about Jack (Harvey) and what he has done for us this year. We have all been learning together and now that we got the first season out of the way we can aim to get stronger and stronger for next year.”

Although the Verizon IndyCar season has come to an end, Meyer Shank Racing still has one race left as the team vies for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the season ending, Motul Petit Le Mans on October 10th-13th.

Meyer Shank Racing Fights Forward at the Grand Prix of Portland

Returning to Verizon IndyCar Series race action, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) staged its most promising outing of the year as Jack Harvey showed well in the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda throughout the Grand Prix of Portland race weekend.

In Sunday’s 105-lap event, Harvey raced as high as fifth before coming home 16th after an advance in track position became elusive in the closing stages of the race following the timing of a full course caution.

Having finished its fifth Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season, MSR made progress to find the best balance to generate pace with the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. The event weekend provided optimism for the effort as Harvey found a rhythm in his first ever outing at the Pacific Northwest circuit.

Following some strong runs in the opening practice sessions, Harvey posted his season-best qualifying result to claim a spot on the seventh row and was looking to move forward at the start.

A large lap 1 incident took out several the front runners and Harvey’s heads-up driving saw him maneuver around the carnage. Starting sixth on the restart Harvey found a fast pace and was on the charge forward before his first pit stop on lap 17.

By lap 39, Harvey had fought back up to fifth position as he took a liking to his Firestone reds. The pace which would have brought the No. 60 to a top five finish, was deterred by the final lap 76 caution period which brought Harvey back down the order after a lap 75 pit stop.

But not giving up the fight, Harvey pushed until the final moments of the race and crossed the line 16th in the order.

“The beginning of the race went really well and we cycled out well after that first restart,” said Harvey. “Unfortunately, after that, we caught every yellow at the wrong moment. This weekend we made so much good progress, it’s a bit disappointing how the race played out. During the first stage of the race we were legitimately running top six and holding it, but then the end result didn’t show that. Hopefully we can take a few days to reset and take the positives from this weekend and bring them to Sonoma.”

Pleased to see continual progress with his team this season, Mike Shank was disappointed that the they were unable to find track position at the end of the race despite showing pace to run in the front of the field.

“We are getting better and faster each race weekend, it’s just been a challenge of ours to get a good track position,” said Shank. “We are working to make all the right calls in the box to get Jack (Harvey) up the field, and I think that showed in the first half of the race. Jack was driving hard and running with guys who have been doing this much more frequently than us. I’m happy that we are making progress and hopefully we can close out the season strong at Sonoma.”

The MSR team won’t have to wait long until the next race outing as it heads to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for Round 11 of IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship competition on September 9thbefore heading to Sonoma Raceway for the IndyCar finale on September 16th.

Meyer Shank Racing Shows Quick Pace at Portland

Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) continued to show its progress in Verizon IndyCar Series competition as the team displayed quick pace at Portland International Raceway in the opening sessions ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland (NBCSN 11:30 am PST / SiriusXM Ch. 209).

On Saturday, MSR driver Jack Harvey qualified the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda IndyCar on the seventh row with a 57.962-second lap flyer. With just one second separating the entire 25 car field, Sunday’s race is expected to be another tight battle to the finish.

With the Verizon IndyCar Series heading back to Portland International Raceway after a decade hiatus, the field was tasked with learning the quick 1.964-mile course.

Arriving to Portland with a quick AutoNation / SiriusXM machine, Harvey continued his forward progress as he closed out Friday’s practice day fifth fastest.

Harvey hoped to show that same pace during Saturday’s qualifying session. Finding speed early on, Harvey’s initial laps were quick enough for third in Group 1. But unfortunately his fast lap flyer of 57.962-seconds would be just hundredths of a second short of the transfer line. Harvey will start the Grand Prix of Portland thirteenth, his best start of the season.

“I had hoped that we could have pulled off a better qualifying result than that,” said Harvey. “Yesterday we had a really good handle on the car and I think today it slipped away from us just a little bit. We’ve shown top ten speed, so not to transfer is pretty disappointing. It’s tough to be on the bubble like that and be the guy to not transfer but it is going to be our highest start of the year. We are making progress, but just a little disappointed that we couldn’t show our pace in qualifying.”

Mike Shank is pleased to see the progress that both Harvey and his team have made in just their fifth IndyCar outing of the year, and is hoping that strategy combined with a strong pace will bring the team a good result for tomorrow’s race.

“Obviously we wish that we could have made the transfer and I think that we had the pace to do that,” said Shank. “This field is just so close, every corner matters and the slightest bobbles can cost you that tenth of a second that you need. Jack (Harvey) has been doing really well this weekend and it’s been helpful that everyone is relearning the track. We just need to put our heads down and use all of our tools tomorrow.”

Catch live coverage of the Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday on NBCSN beginning at 11:30am PST (2:30pm ET). You can also listen to live coverage on SiriusXM Ch. 209.

Meyer Shank Racing Completes Home Race at Mid-Ohio

Meyer Shank Racing Completes Home Race at Mid-Ohio

Mansfield, Ohio (29 July 2018) – It was a highly anticipated homecoming at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) as the team continued its Verizon IndyCar Series campaign on Sunday. MSR driver Jack Harvey brought the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda home 20th in the team’s fourth IndyCar race of the season.

Starting on the tenth row, MSR relied on an aggressive strategy to pit early in hopes of moving Harvey up the order as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, that strategy was reliant on the arrival of a full course caution to shuffle the order. But as the Mid-Ohio track staged its first all-green race since 2013 with 90 laps of flat out and fast green flag running, that strategy didn’t return the hoped-for result.

As a previous winner at the Ohio-based track, Harvey continued to generate experience on board the Honda-powered No. 60 MSR IndyCar. Over the course of the event, Harvey made seven passes for position and posted a fast lap of 1:07.867-seconds, which was consistent with the top running cars.

Although a 20th place result was not what Harvey had hoped for at the team’s home race, he has already moved his focus to building on the home outing with a  stronger run in the next MSR IndyCar outing in Portland.

“We had a high risk, high reward type of strategy,” said Harvey. “The race summed up our weekend in that at sometimes we were ok but then other times, we were struggling a lot. Our day was a combination of not being quick and not getting the yellows we needed. The team has been working hard and I think that only doing a few races this year is a challenge, but we are making the best of it and I know we will make progress during Portland.”

Attending his first Verizon IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio as a team owner, Mike Shank wishes that the team’s strategy played out accordingly.

“The first race back home isn’t exactly how we wanted it to go,” said Shank. “We gambled for track position and it didn’t pay off. It would have been a completely different race for us had we got a yellow. There are a lot of little things we need to tighten up since we don’t do this every weekend. It’s a bit of a disappointment, but what we can get out of this is learning these little mistakes and fixing them. We will be back for Portland and we will look at what happened here and see where we can improve.”

The team has a busy schedule with another  IMSA WeatherTech championship outing next week before returning to IndyCar action when the series heads to Portland International Raceway. The Portland race weekend will kick off on August 30th – September 2nd.

Jack Harvey Takes 16th in Indianapolis 500 for Meyer Shank Racing

Team’s second Indianapolis 500 effort nearly nets podium after alternate strategy misses out by a pair of laps 

Indianapolis, Ind. (27 May 2018) – In front of a near-capacity crowd celebrating over 102 years of American racing tradition, Meyer Shank Racing driver Jack Harvey raced through 200 laps of the hottest Indianapolis 500 on record to score a 16th place finish on Sunday.

The result marked a big move forward for the team after starting from 31st on the grid with the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda entry, but doesn’t fully reflect the strong team performance in just its second-ever Indianapolis 500 race start following months of preparations for Meyer Shank Racing with SPM.

Strong pit stops and clean restarts helped Harvey make forward progress, as his car came alive during the long runs of the race which helped him move through the field. Harvey raced his way into contention by the halfway point of the race, moving up to run in third by lap 95 and returning to the top three once again on lap 130.

After restarting the race from fourteenth in the order on lap 153, the team called Harvey in for fuel and tires on lap 158. With six cautions having slowed the field up to that point, the possibility of added cautions helped to fuel the commitment to the strategy. Returning to the fray with the assignment of saving fuel, Harvey was still able to move up to run third by lap 181.

Needing some caution laps to make it to the checkered flag without returning to pit lane, Harvey and the MSR squad seemed to have played the strategy to perfection as a seventh caution arrived on lap 189. But the clean-up was quick and the race resumed on lap 193.

Harvey made a dramatic move on the outside of turn one on the restart, snagging second place with less than five minutes remaining in the race. But the numbers didn’t all add up, and the affable British racer was forced to make a trip to pit lane for a lightning-quick stop for fuel.

Crossing the finish line 16th, Harvey had a big smile as he took off his helmet post race. Having shown strong pace and earning his first-ever Indianapolis 500 race finish on the lead lap, Harvey was proud of the team effort. While he had been hoping for a little bit of racing luck late in the race, Harvey was thrilled with how much progress the team has made.

“It’s the Indy 500, the biggest one of the year, so the team didn’t have to apologize to me for going for it!” said Harvey of the fuel strategy. “We nearly made the strategy work, but there were a few bits where we just couldn’t hit the numbers. We ran up to the front at the end and went three-wide into turn one on the last restart. I tried to drive the best race I could and we finished 16th, which is a pretty good day considering where we started. Looking at where we were last year and where we are today, it’s a night and day difference. Thank you to AutoNation and SiriusXM and all of the supporters and sponsors that we have and to Michael (Shank) for believing in me. This is a good program that’s getting off the ground and this is good momentum to keep going.”

For his second time running in the Indianapolis 500, Mike Shank, could not be more proud of the effort put forth by his team to get the result that it did and to show that they have the speed to be a front runner.

“Jack (Harvey) just drove a hell of a race, he did us proud today,” said Mike Shank. “I’m super pleased with our whole team effort today, we executed really well as a team. Our stops were strong and we picked up some positions on pit lane early in the race. The way the race was going, we pitted earlier in that window. We were in a great position late in the race and then Jack had an outstanding restart. We were committed to that strategy, but it just didn’t work out in the end. But it is great momentum for the team and all of our partners to have a strong finish in this race. We will continue to build this program, and I’m really proud of our month. Now we are really looking forward to racing IndyCar at Mid-Ohio in July.”

The next event for Meyer Shank Racing will bring the team back on home soil to compete at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on July 29th.

Meyer Shank Racing Qualifies for the 102nd Indianapolis 500

Harvey moves on to pole day for the 2018 Indianapolis 500

  • Jack Harvey qualifies the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda IndyCar with the 27th fastest time of the day, clocking an average four lap speed of 225.720-mph.
  • 2018 marks the second Indianapolis 500 start for Meyer Shank Racing
  • Team effort as Harvey steps up and delivers in second attempt

On a pressure-packed day that saw multiple stoppages for weather and the return of bumping to Indianapolis 500 qualifying, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) emerged from a long Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to claim a position in the 2018 Indianapolis 500. MSR driver Jack Harvey posted a four-lap average of 225.720-mph in the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda in his second qualifying attempt to earn a grid spot for the Memorial Day classic.

The pressure was on, but the Meyer Shank Racing crew responded to the challenge with Harvey also coming through at the clutch time.

Team partner Jim Meyer drew for Saturday’s qualifying order with Harvey set to go out third in the order. Harvey posted an initial four lap average speed of 225.233-mph. Looking to improve on that speed, the team headed back to the garage to continue to adjust the car for the changing conditions and to prepare for the second qualifying attempt later in the afternoon.

Two heavy rain showers soaked the track which caused significant rain delays and narrowed the window for a second qualifying attempt. The skies parted and the sun showed enough to dry the track for the last hour of qualifying activities. Right on cue, Harvey delivered a strong second qualifying run to insure the car would not be bumped from the field with an average speed of 225.720-mph – 27th quickest lap of the 33 car field.

Harvey and Meyer Shank Racing will now move onto pole day to set the official grid for the Indianapolis 500 on May 27th.

“We felt really close to the bubble because of our disappointing first run,” said Harvey of his first qualifying attempt. “I have been sweating it all day. It was tight until the checkered flag dropped. The second run was a much better run than the first. Meyer Shank Racing has done a great job the whole month. What’s been confusing at times is that we don’t know exactly where the speed is, but everyone at Meyer Shank Racing has done a great job at figuring it out for me.  We know what we need to do and then we would execute it. The guys are putting the hours in, so we will just keep trying heading into pole day tomorrow.”

Pole Day will kick off with a morning practice session at 12:00 p.m. ET with Qualifying beginning at 2:45 p.m. ET.

Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 3 Report

Harvey leads total number of laps completed with 318

  • No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda with driver Jack Harvey completes 94 laps during the third practice day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 17th.
  • Top speed clocked as 223.556-mph

Indianapolis, Ind. (17 May 2018) – With the practice days winding down as the intensity increases ahead of qualifying for the 2018 Indianapolis 500, Meyer Shank Racing continued to develop the set up of the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda on Thursday. Three straight days of ideal track conditions have provided the Meyer Shank Racing crew and driver Jack Harvey plenty of track time to test various set up scenarios.

With the possibility of rainy weather looming in the forecast, the team utilized the third day of practice to test a range set ups with both qualifying and the race in mind. Harvey opened the day with a solid run of 19 laps with an initial top speed of 221.958-mph.

After making a few changes, the team’s focus continued to be running in traffic and setting a comfortable pace in a group setting – something that will be essential come race day.

The afternoon hours brought Harvey back out on track as the team set several practice runs with multiple live pit stops before returning to the track for a few short runs. The last 30 minutes of the day saw a lot of track activity as Harvey diced with nearly 20 other cars in the field, maximizing his time spent in traffic.

Six o’clock closed the end of the third day of practice with Harvey completing a total of 94 laps with a top speed of 223.556-mph which was clocked in on Lap 77. Harvey also ended the day having completed more laps than any other driver thus far with 318 laps through the first three days of testing.

“We had a really solid day,” said Harvey of his third day of practice. “Today we had to shift our plan based on what the weather is going to be tomorrow. Our qualifying simulations were pretty decent and we made good progress in the heat of the day. It was another day of progress which is what it’s all about here. The team was looking at all sorts of data points and there is lots to look through tonight. We will just keep trying to do our best and try to get our AutoNation / SiriusXM car to the front.”

Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 2 Report

Team focuses on group running during Day 2 at the Brickyard

  • No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda with driver Jack Harvey completes 117 laps during the second practice day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 16th.
  • Top speed clocked as 223.923-mph

Indianapolis- (16 May 2018) Day two at the Brickyard set the stage for a full day of practice, with seven hours of open track for teams to take advantage of. Jack Harvey and Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) continued to test the new 2018 aero kit – which differs from last year’s design.

Putting the technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) to full use, MSR and SPM worked together during the early afternoon hours of practice to generate data from the four  Honda-powered IndyCars across the partnership. For nearly 30 minutes of group running, Harvey and the three SPM machines worked nose to tail, testing options as they alternated the running order.

Harvey immediately showed improvement from the previous day of testing, jumping to a speed of 223.593-mph on just his 12th lap around the 2.5-mile oval. Harvey continued to add laps into his bank, circling the track 56 times before the two o’clock hour.

The final few hours of the day saw the Shank team practice live pit stops while also making several long runs out on track. At the end of the day Harvey was just shy of hitting the 224-mph mark with a fast speed of 223.923-mph after completing 117 total laps. The confidence level continues to build as the team grows its notebook with every session.

“We made a lot of progress running in traffic,” said Harvey. “By the end of the day, I was able to make some legitimate overtakes which is what the race is going to be about. The team made really good progress today. I got more confident with each lap I had. The combination of me being more confident and the team giving me more of what I needed was a really productive end of the day. Honestly, it was a good day and happy about it!”

“Today was really focused on group running,” said Mike Shank. “We did two long group runs and then a fairly long run at the end. We made a lot of progress. It is really hard to tell where everyone else is at because of what kind of tow you get and when you get it. We won’t really know until Friday night where everyone is at in terms of top speed. For us, we actually took a step back which ended up helping make the changes needed to reset the car to be better. Overall, we have so many positives. Jack (Harvey) got a ton of time and experience today. In every regard this team is miles ahead of where we were last year. I am really proud of this group. We will continue to keep our head down and be the one to control our progress and race. I am very pleased with where we are at.”

Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 1 Report

Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 Practice Day 1 Report

Team clocks in most laps of Verizon IndyCar field at IMS

  • No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda driver Jack Harvey completes 107 laps during first practice day on May 15th – most laps of any driver
  • Top speed clocked as 221.500-mph

Indianapolis, IN- (15 May 2018)- Jack Harvey – driver of the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda was the very first car to clock in the official laps of practice for the 2018 running of the Indianapolis 500. Harvey completed more laps than any other driver with 107 circuits around the 2.5-mile oval on Tuesday. 2018 marks the second year of Indianapolis 500 competition for Meyer Shank Racing and Harvey. The 2015 Freedom 100 winner hopped into his pink chrome Honda IndyCar for two official practice sessions.

With soaring temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions in the forecast, the team made the most of the two-hour morning practice run. Harvey clocked in 40 laps and had an initial top speed of 220.256-mph.

Just over an hour into the three-hour afternoon run and only 17-laps in, the session was yellow flagged for the possibility for severe weather and was immediately put on a 30-minute hold.  With thunderstorms just barely missing the speedway, Harvey returned back on track with just over an hour left in the afternoon session. Harvey turned over 67 laps with a top speed of 221.500-mph. At the end of the first day of official practice, Harvey completed 107 total laps.

“So far so good,” said Harvey of his time back on track. “It is a new kit and we didn’t get a bunch of testing so we are down to data crunching. We need to do that earlier in the week so when it comes to qualifying and slightly more critical moments in the weekend, we can trust our numbers. We will continue to chip away and find some speed. In the no-tow speeds we looked ok which is a solid place to be starting, but still need to find that little bit of speed. It’s day one and I am pretty happy!”

Meyer Shank Racing Prepared for Indianapolis 500 

Meyer Shank Racing Prepared for Indianapolis 500

2018 marks the second Indianapolis 500 entry for the team

Indianapolis, Ind. (14 May 2018) – With the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Penngrade Motor Oil just two weeks away, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) is prepared to head into the first week of official Verizon IndyCar Series practice at the yard of bricks in the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda with driver Jack Harvey.

After two IndyCar car starts this season, Meyer Shank Racing is primed to bring home a result this month in the huge event. The team saw its day end early at the IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg after cutting a tire, but showed promising pace at Long Beach. Racing to the checkered flag with a lead-lap finish of 12th, the team is ready to take on the 2.5-mile circuit through the week of practice, into qualifying and then with a firm focus on the race on May 27th.

Last year, the team debuted in the race which saw Harvey start 27th only to suffer a DNF after getting collected in a lap 65 incident.

Meyer Shank Racing has returned to the track under new branding after Jim Meyer joined the effort, and is also armed with a technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) as the team grows its competition footprint.

“It’s awesome for both Michael (Shank) and I to come back to the place where we met and to have a better understanding of the lay of the land,” said Harvey of his return to the track.  “Hopefully, having all that experience that we gained last year will help us this year.”

Harvey has a winning record at the track, claiming victory at the Freedom 100 in 2015 while racing for (SPM).

“The MSR and SPM partnership has been great with a very open relationship that is working really well,” said Harvey. “Having four cars means that we will test different options and learn collectively as a team which will hopefully help us to be better off.”

The No. 60 MSR machine will be sporting its pink chrome design in support of AutoNation’s “Drive Pink” campaign, joining the fight against breast cancer.

Also on the side of the IndyCar will be SiriusXM, a partner which has stood by the team during its first run at the 500 last year and moved into a key commercial partnership with MSR ahead of the 2018 season.

“It’s great to be back here at IMS,” said Mike Shank. “It’s such a special place and the atmosphere and fan support is next to none. We are looking forward to getting the week started. We found some good pace in Long Beach which really gives us a boost of confidence heading into the 500. This race is a beast of its own, so we will try to maximize all of the practice sessions so we can be fully prepared come race day.”

The team is hoping for favorable conditions through the week to make the most of the four days of running ahead of qualifying weekend. Practice for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 will begin on Tuesday, May 15th from 11:00-6:00 p.m. ET.

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