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Meyer Shank Racing Looking for Fast NTT INDYCAR SERIES Start with Castroneves and Pagenaud

Meyer Shank Racing Looking for Fast NTT INDYCAR SERIES Start with Castroneves and Pagenaud

St. Petersburg, Fla. (21 February 2022) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) will be looking to build on the momentum from winning the IMSA season opening Rolex 24 At Daytona when the team kicks off its 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES campaign with Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (12:00pm ET, NBC, SiriusXM Ch. 205).

MSR will head into the 2022 season with a new pair of drivers as the team embarks on its biggest season of IndyCar competition since its debut in 2017. MSR will run two full-season entries featuring four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2016 IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud.

The pair were a part of MSR’s Rolex 24 winning lineup when the team scored a major triumph on the 60th anniversary of the event, having also scored victory in the 50th running of the Rolex 24.

Photo Courtesy of Meyer Shank Racing

This weekend, Castroneves returns to the full-time IndyCar ranks driving the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda, while Pagenaud will drive the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. The race marks the launch of MSR’s first-ever two-car IndyCar campaign.

This season will mark Castroneves’ 13th start in St. Petersburg. The Brazilian racer heads into the event weekend as a three-time winner on the streets of St. Pete, scoring victories in 2006, 2007 and 2012. Castroneves also served as the IndyCar Grand Marshal for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete in 2018.

Making his first official IndyCar race start with MSR, Pagenaud returns to his Honda-powered roots having last competed with the powerhouse manufacturer in 2014. Pagenaud will make his 11th start in St. Petersburg having scored back-to-back second place finishes in 2016 and 2017.

The IndyCar season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will see qualifying on Saturday February 26th at 12:30pm ET with live coverage on Peacock. The race is set to go green on Sunday, February 27th with live coverage on NBC starting at 12:00pm ET. Additional radio coverage will be aired on SiriusXM Ch. 205.

Team Quotes:

Mike Shank, MSR Co-Owner:
“I think everyone at MSR is eager to get this year started. Having Simon and Helio on board this year really puts us at that level of competition that we have been building over the last few years. We’ve proved that we can be competitive and now we just need to continue that momentum into 2022.”

Helio Castroneves, No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda:
“I’m looking forward to St. Pete for several reasons. I’m going back to a race where I had a great time and it’s a place that I’ve had success at. This year is going to be a big year for not only myself but for Meyer Shank Racing. We’ve proved that we work well together in the few races we did last year, but now we come back for the full-season and it’s time to really focus on getting results every weekend.”

Simon Pagenaud, No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda:
“First off, I am looking forward to working with my new team. I think there has been a lot of hype on our side of things to know where we stack up. But most importantly, it’s about extracting the best out of whatever situations we are in and then see where we end up. I’m just looking forward to starting my new adventure with MSR, Mike Shank and Jim Meyer and I want to represent them the best way that I can.”

Nyck de Vries Set to Test Meyer Shank Racing IndyCar

Photo courtesy of Meyer Shank Racing

Pataskala, Ohio (18 November 2021) – 2020-2021 Formula E Champion, Nyck de Vries is set to test a Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) Indy Car during a one-day Sebring test on December 6th. 

The IndyCar test will be the first for the young and accomplished Dutch racing driver.

de Vries got his first taste of sports car racing in 2018 competing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the LMP2 category. de Vries went on to compete in his first of three 24 Hours of Le Mans the following year in 2019.

de Vries made his Formula E debut in the 2019-2020 season which saw the Dutch driver score his first podium finish at the season finale Berlin ePrix. The following season de Vries won the 2020-2021 Formula E championship after winning races in Diriyah and Valencia as well as a pair of podium finishes in the London double-header. 

“First off, I would like to thank everyone at Meyer Shank Racing for the opportunity to test with them,” said de Vries. “MSR is the reigning Indy 500 winner, so it’s an absolute honor to be testing with them. It will be my first time getting to experience any sort of racing and testing in the US. I have been following IndyCar for a while and I’ve always been curious as to what it would be like. Racing in the US is really raw and appealing to me so I’m really looking forward to this new experience and seeing where it can take us.” 

As Meyer Shank Racing continues to grow its IndyCar program, team co-owner Mike Shank is focused on the big picture and scouting talent for more future growth. 

“Having Nyck come test with us falls in line with the team growing and looking ahead to the future,” said Shank. “There are no set plans as of now for where we see placing Nyck, but it’s important to always be looking for talent. As a team, we’re in the position where we have the ability to now test different drivers and give them the opportunity to be successful over in the States. Nyck has clearly proven his worth in Europe so we are excited to see what he can do in an Indy Car.” 

de Vries will be set to test the MSR Indy Car on Monday, December 6th at Sebring International. 

NTT INDYCAR Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Simon Pagenaud Joins Meyer Shank Racing

Pataskala, Ohio (27 September 2021) – INDYCAR SERIES Champion and winner of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 Simon Pagenaud will join Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship driving the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. Pagenaud will team with four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves in the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. 

Pagenaud will be joining MSR which has grown its presence in the series continuously since it’s series debut in 2017 with a one-off entry in the 2017 Indianapolis 500. In five short years, MSR won the prestigious 2021 Indianapolis 500 with Castroneves. The 2022 season will mark the first two-car full-time campaign for MSR as it will field two Indianapolis 500 winners in the team’s hunt for the 2022 INDYCAR championship. 

“Next year will be a big year for MSR and I think we have a very strong lineup of drivers between Simon and Helio,” said Mike Shank. “We have built this program every year, growing with our partners and working to have all the ingredients we need to be competitive. Our Indianapolis 500 win was a big breakthrough, and we are looking forward to having a consistently competitive program that will have the chance to fight for wins and podiums no matter where we go and I think this lineup will help us do that.”

“This is such an exciting time in my career,” said Pagenaud. “MSR has proven it is a high-quality organization when they won the Indianapolis 500 and pairing Helio and me together will help our team in 2022 and beyond. I’m really looking forward to this new challenge.” 

Pagenaud claimed the 2019 Indianapolis 500 victory with a convincing run out front after starting from the pole. He was the first polesitter to win the Indianapolis 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2009. Pagenaud also scored a strong third-place podium finish in the 2021 edition of the race. 

Pagenaud also won the 2016 INDYCAR Championship and has 15 wins, 14 poles and 37 podium finishes since making his series debut in 2011. 

Beyond his success in INDYCAR, Pagenaud has also shown strength in sports car competition, collecting podium finishes in the most iconic IMSA SportsCar Championship races. Pagenaud finished second in the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona and collected a third place finish in the 2017 and 2020 Petit Le Mans. He also participated in some prestigious European endurance races, the most iconic being the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans where he missed victory by a very close margin. 

Before becoming a champion in America, Pagenaud competed in Europe for several years, winning the ‘Volant Elf’, a young drivers’ competition, in 2001, which marked the start of his career. Until 2006 he moved through the ranks of some of the most renowned young drivers’ formulae in Europe before deciding to pursue his career in the United States.  

Meyer Shank Racing will head into the 2022 race season equipped with two-full season INDYCAR entries with the returning support from primary sponsors AutoNation and SiriusXM as well as continued partnerships with CAP fixtures, Rocky Fork Co. and Roberts Service Group.

Castroneves Qualifies Third for Meyer Shank Racing in Long Beach

Long Beach, Calif. (25 September 2021) – In his sixth race of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR season with Meyer Shank Racing (MSR), Helio Castroneves matched the team best qualifying result of the season after putting the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda in third for Sunday’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (3:00pm ET, NBC, SiriusXM Ch. 205).

MSR kicked off a big weekend of action – with the team’s IMSA program also racing in Long Beach. Both Castroneves and Jack Harvey were set up for a strong qualifying run after finishing the final practice session 13th and 10th respectively.

Harvey started in the first qualifying group and was on a hot lap with just minutes to go, when a notoriously slippery Turn 9 caught the Brit out and forced the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda into the wall. Unfortunately, Harvey’s lap was voided and he will start the race from 25th.

“It was a disappointing qualifying run and it was not how I wanted my last qualifying with MSR to go,” said Harvey. “I haven’t really been a big ‘crasher’ the whole time I’ve been here so it’s a little bit of a bummer to have that happen in my last race with the team. We had quite a good lap going up until that point, so the pace is there. Hopefully we can just have a good race tomorrow.”

Castroneves made his first transfer of the season through the first round of qualifying. Consistently at the top of the charts in the Fast 12, Castroneves finished P1 as he moved into the Firestone Fast Six.

Making his first appearance in the Firestone Fast Six this season, Castroneves was on the hunt to capture his second pole position on the streets of Long Beach. Castroneves posted a 1:08.462-second lap which placed him third on the starting grid for Sunday’s 85-lap race.

“I am so thankful for SiriusXM and AutoNation and this whole MSR group, they have all been incredible,” said Castroneves. “We’ve been working on the process at each of the six races we’ve ran together this year. And today, we were able to stay in control, stay consistent, and stay fast. So P3 is a pretty good statement. But man, I love this place! I’m excited to be starting in the front, and really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

The Acura Grand Prix will begin coverage starting at 3:00pm ET on NBCSN. SiriusXM will cover INDYCAR Radio coverage on XM Ch. 202.

Helio Castroneves signs on for a full season with Meyer Shank Racing, AutoNation and SiriusXM as he drives towards his 5th INDY 500 win

Helio Castroneves signs on for a full season with Meyer Shank Racing: AutoNation and SiriusXM are along for the ride as he drives towards his 5th INDY 500 win.

(22 July 2021) Pataskala, Ohio – Today, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) announced that Helio Castroneves will return for a full NTT INDYCAR series season in 2022 and will attempt to be the first five-time Indianapolis 500 winner in the sport’s history as he is set to pilot the No. 06 AutoNation/ SiriusXM Honda. 

“Drive for Five” is the 2022 theme as MSR, AutoNation and SiriusXM go for the record books.

“I am thrilled to get the chance to go for a fifth Indianapolis 500 win, and so excited to fight for the INDYCAR championship again with a full season of races next year with Meyer Shank Racing,” said Castroneves. “Mike (Shank) and Jim (Meyer) have developed some incredible sponsorships with AutoNation and SiriusXM, and having that support is critical. I have been missing racing in INDYCAR full time so much! So I cannot wait to get a head start on next year with some strong races to finish this season.” 

It didn’t take long for MSR and Castroneves to show their synergy as the Brazilian went on to win the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The victory was historical on many levels – the first race where fans were back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Castroneves’ record-setting fourth Indianapolis 500 victory, and the first-ever INDYCAR series win for MSR. 

Meyer Shank Racing continues to deliver on its plan for success. MSR went from a one-off Indianapolis 500 outing to an Indianapolis 500 winning team. And now, in its fifth year, the INDYCAR team will continue that plan with two full-season entries starting in 2022. 

MSR also announced that the No. 60 AutoNation/ SiriusXM Honda, which has been driven by Jack Harvey for the past few seasons, has been renewed for two years, with a new pilot. The team is excited to continue its relationship with long-time sponsors AutoNation and SiriusXM, and welcome a dynamic new driver, who will be announced soon.

“We wish Jack much success and we know he will continue to be a driver to watch,” said MSR co-owner, Mike Shank. “MSR is excited to have Helio on the 06 car next season and we’re looking forward to adding a driver, who will turn heads in the 60 car.”

The expansion of the team would not be possible without AutoNation and SiriusXM which have supported MSR since its first outing at the 2017 Indianapolis 500. In addition, Liberty Media’s minority investment in Meyer Shank Racing – which is attributed to the Formula One Group – in 2020 has shown the great potential that the team has for future motorsport endeavors. 

In just 42 INDYCAR Series races, MSR has collected an Indianapolis 500 victory, two podiums, two-front row starts, and 12 top ten finishes. In addition to the team’s on track accomplishments, MSR is also in the final stages of building a brand new 43,000 sq. ft. shop in Pataskala, Ohio. 

“There are so many people around us that have given us the opportunity to expand to two full-season entries for next year,” said Mike Shank. “My partner Jim Meyer and I have done this in a way that makes sense for us. I am very excited to have Helio (Castroneves) onboard for the 2022 season and I think there will be a lot of excitement around our second driver when we make that announcement as well.” 

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Meyer Shank Racing Ready for Double Duty in Detroit

Following Indianapolis 500 victory, MSR set for dual IMSA and INDYCAR programs and looks to win in Detroit once again

Pataskala, Ohio (7 June 2021) – After a breakthrough Indianapolis 500 victory on Memorial Day Weekend with driver Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing is looking for more success this weekend in Detroit. The team will be in full force with single car efforts in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as in NTT INDYCAR competition for the Detroit Grand Prix double-header. 

Harvey Set to Make INDYCAR Detroit Debut

Having shown strength on several road courses on the INDYCAR Series calendar, Jack Harvey will look to add another podium result to his resume this weekend as he takes the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda to the streets of Belle Isle for the Detroit Grand Prix double header on Saturday (2:00pm ET, NBC) and Sunday (12:00pm ET, NBC).

Harvey has had some of his best results on street courses including this year’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which saw the MSR driver qualify on the front row and capture a fourth place finish. 

Having seen some promising outings earlier this season not deliver the full potential, Harvey is eager to get back to the front this weekend and take a maiden INDYCAR victory. 

“I’m definitely excited to hit the reset button and head into Detroit,” said Harvey. “Street courses are one of my favorite kinds of circuits to race on and I’m really excited to experience Detroit for the first time. Hopefully it will be a good weekend for the team.”

Meyer Shank Racing Ready for First IMSA Street Course of 2021

With only two street courses on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar, Meyer Shank Racing will take on the first one this weekend – the Detroit Grand Prix with Dane Cameron and Olivier Pla in the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Acura DPi (Saturday, 5:00pm ET, NBCSN). 

Meyer Shank Racing has had a strong past in Detroit with its Acura GTD program. After being selected as the factory GTD team for the debut of the Acura NSX GT3 in 2017, MSR scored the first-ever victory for the Acura NSX with Katherine Legge and Andy Lally in Detroit. The 2018 event saw MSR make its own personal history after scoring its first-ever 1-2 finish with both of its Acura NSX GT3s. MSR followed those results up the following year with a second place finish among the GTD field.. 

After taking a year off from racing on the streets of Detroit due to the pandemic in 2020, MSR is hoping to return in a big way. Cameron is the reigning winner of the Detroit Grand Prix having scored a big win in 2019 onboard the Acura ARX-05 DPi. He also has a third place finish under his belt from the 2018 edition of the event. 

“First of all, I’m so happy and proud of the team for the massive Indy 500 win, it’s such a huge achievement for everyone,” said Cameron. “I am super excited to be heading back to Detroit, its one of my favorite rounds on the calendar and I was really bummed we weren’t able to race there in 2020. Its a super fun layout and it will be great to have fans back in the paddock for the first time! The result at Mid-Ohio wasn’t what we wanted, but we had some good speed so I’m hoping we can put it all together this weekend and get a win.”

Pla will be making his Detroit debut this weekend onboard the No. 60 Acura DPi. Although new to the Acura platform, Pla has clocked in countless laps during testing to help prepare him for the two hour sprint race on Saturday. 

“I’m looking forward to the Detroit weekend, I really love driving on street circuits and I always felt very comfortable racing at tracks like this one,” said Pla. “Like Mid-Ohio, it will be a tricky race with the strategy and the traffic, but we are ready for the action and hopefully can give MSR a good result.”

Saturday will feature both the INDYCAR Race 1 at 2:00pm ET on NBC which will then be followed by the IMSA main event at 5:00pm ET on NBCSN. Sunday will stage the second INDYCAR race which is set to be broadcast live on NBC starting at 12:00pm ET. 

Additional radio coverage can be found on SiriusXM Ch. 202 (IMSA) and SiriusXM Ch. 205 (INDYCAR). 

Meyer Shank Racing Wins Indianapolis 500

#06: Helio Castroneves, Meyer Shank Racing Honda winner, celebration

MSR Notes:

-> Expanding on a successful sports car operation, MSR made first Indianapolis start in 2017 with driver Jack Harvey
-> 2021 marked first-ever 2 car Indianapolis 500 entry for MSR, with Jack Harvey finishing 18th on Sunday
-> Castroneves racing in 6 IndyCar events for MSR in 2021
-> Fastest Indianapolis 500 in history
-> Team has won Rolex 24 At Daytona (2012), Petit Le Mans (2016) as well as 2019 and 2020 IMSA GTD Class championships

Indianapolis, Ind. (30 May 2021) – Meyer Shank Racing driver Helio Castroneves won his fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. The popular Brazilian racer started the race from eighth on the grid and moved up to take the lead on lap 37. 

Saving fuel early in his run, Castroneves raced in the top seven through the majority of the race, racing to the lead on lap 72 under green flag conditions. Holding the lead once again on a lap 126 restart, Castroneves pitted from the lead for the final time on lap 172, with the Meyer Shank Racing squad delivering a final well-executed pit stop on the day to position him for a fight to the finish. 

The race set a record as the fastest Indianapolis 500 in history, with Castroneves fighting for the lead with Alex Palou through a frantic final 20 lap segment. Taking the point for the final time on lap 198, Castroneves held firm at the front to take an amazing fourth victory in the race to the roaring approval of 135,000 enthusiastic race fans as he returned to climb the fence at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway once again. 

“I love Indianapolis!” enthused Castroneves. “This is incredible. I had to put my elbows up to fight there at the end. Meyer Shank Racing gave me everything I needed to go fight for the win. Thank you so much to Jim (Meyer) and Mike (Shank) for giving me this chance, and to AutoNation and SiriusXM for supporting us. It was so great to be powered by Honda today. We had such an amazing car and the team did an unbelievable job. I can’t believe it!”

The victory marks an incredible new highlight for the team, which is based in Columbus and earned success in sports car racing with victories in some of the sports biggest events including the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Petit Le Mans before expanding to compete in IndyCar with a one-off Indianapolis 500 outing in 2017. 

With Jim Meyer joining Shank in an ownership role in 2017, the team grew the program in partnership with AutoNation and SiriusXM to contest partial IndyCar seasons in 2018 and 2019 before making its first full-season campaign with Jack Harvey in 2020. Castroneves joined the team ahead of the 2021 season for a 6-race campaign starting with the Indianapolis 500.

“I don’t even know where to start,” said team co-owner Mike Shank. “Helio drove an incredible race-his experience in this race was there for all to see. I’m so proud to have the partnerships that we’ve built to get to this point. That starts with Jim (Meyer), who has made such an impact on this organization since coming on board and goes to AutoNation and SiriusXM, and of course Honda and the folks at HPD have been just amazing. This is going to take a long time to soak in, but right now I just am a little at a loss for words to be standing here right now after winning the Indianapolis 500!”

The sister No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda-powered entry of Jack Harvey finished a disappointed 18th. After starting from 24th on the grid, Harvey raced his way to the top ten but lost ground during a lap 142 pit stop before fighting back to finish 18th.

“First off, congratulations to Helio, what a legend,” said Harvey. “And also to Mike Shank, and Jim Meyer, they have built a very strong team and that showed today with this big result. Unfortunately my race didn’t go as well as he had hoped and we don’t have the result we were looking for. So it was a disappointing day for us, but overall I’m so proud of this team  and thrilled for AutoNation, SiriusXM, and everyone involved.”

Meyer Shank Racing Announces Investment by Formula One Group

Pataskala, Ohio (2 October 2020) – Meyer Shank Racing is pleased to announce that Liberty Media has made a minority equity investment in the Ohio-based team, which is attributed to the Formula One Group. 

The investment will go towards the growth of Meyer Shank Racing’s motorsports operations, including the recently announced multi-year Acura DPi program as well as future expansion of the team’s INDYCAR program. 

After starting in Formula Atlantics, Meyer Shank Racing moved its focus to sports car competition, building a championship-winning organization that includes a full-time IndyCar program as well as a highly successful sports car team.

The team has won some of the biggest races in sports car competition and secured the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech team and driver championships. After three partial seasons in the NTT INDYCAR Series, Meyer Shank Racing grew to contest its first full-time schedule in 2020. The team will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series again in 2021, teaming with Acura for a move up to the top DPi class starting with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. 

“We have worked to build our IMSA and IndyCar racing programs step by step and this is another big progression for our organization to have Liberty Media make an equity investment in MSR,” said team co-owner Mike Shank. “Everything that we do is built on the partnerships that we’ve developed, and this program is no different. The investment by Liberty Media will enable us to continue to build and develop our programs.”

More information about Meyer Shank Racing’s 2021 racing plans will be announced in the near future. 

Media members who are interested in interview opportunities, please contact Maddie Komar, Sunday Group Management.

Meyer Shank Racing Takes Seventh Place Finish With Harvey at Iowa

Meyer Shank Racing Takes Seventh Place Finish With Harvey at Iowa 
Second consecutive top ten INDYCAR finish for Harvey

Newton, IA. (18 July 2020) – Race two of two kicked off on Saturday evening at Iowa Speedway as Meyer Shank Racing driver Jack Harvey once again delivered a strong race pace with the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda, coming home with another seventh place finish to close out the NTT INDYCAR Iowa double-header race weekend.  

Four flawless pit stops and continued improvements around the .875-mile ‘bull ring’ gave Harvey a competitive advantage as he made his INDYCAR debut at Iowa Speedway.  

Having finished seventh in the Friday night race, Harvey took the green flag in sixth position which was determined during Friday’s qualifying session. A quick jump at the green bumped Harvey up to fifth during the opening stint.  

#60: Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing Honda (Photo Courtesy of Meyer-Shank Racing)

A well-balanced Honda-powered machine gave Harvey the confidence to make several passes along the bumpy and non-stop circuit. Meyer Shank Racing strategy called by team co-owner Mike Shank, brought Harvey into pit lane twice before the first full course caution on lap 115. The team took advantage of the yellow flag to make a third pit stop under yellow on lap 120 to stay on the lead lap. 

Harvey’s final pit stop on lap 172 would give him a fresh set of Firestone Racing tires and a full tank of fuel which brought him to the finish. Running 78 final laps on one set of tires was a battle of its own, but that strategy call allowed Harvey to stay in the fray and continue his pursuit to the front. 

Utilizing his tools to hang onto the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda, Harvey matched his Race 1 results from Friday, to finish seventh. 

“I thought that was a really solid weekend for Meyer Shank Racing,” said Harvey. “If you would have said before this weekend we’d have two seventh place finishes and two top tens in qualifying, we’d have taken that for sure. I’m so proud of everyone at Meyer Shank Racing who have had constant and relentless determination to have a good season. We’re just going to keep rolling with our momentum into the bossman’s home race at Mid-Ohio in a few weeks.” 

The solid weekend was a well-received outcome after the Meyer Shank Racing squad opened the 2020 season with remarkable qualifying pace from Harvey, but lacked the racing luck to convert that into big results. Harvey and Meyer Shank Racing will now look forward to the next round of IndyCar action at the team’s home track, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

“We really needed a weekend like we had to get back on track,” said Meyer Shank Racing co-owner Mike Shank. “Jack really did a great job. These weekends don’t give you much track time so you’re just kind of thrown into it all and have to learn quickly, but Jack had no issues with that. The guys had great stops today and our strategy worked in our favor. Having two top ten qualifying runs and two top ten race results really puts us back in the game. I’m very pleased with this weekend.”

After a busy few weeks of three consecutive INDYCAR races, the team will have two weeks before they head to Meyer Shank Racing’s home track at Mid-Ohio on August 9th for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.  

Ahead of that INDYCAR outing, Meyer Shank Racing will return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship action at Road America on August 2nd. 

Fast Fight to Seventh For Harvey at Iowa Speedway

Newton, IA. (17 July 2020) – Meyer Shank Racing driver Jack Harvey finally reaped the rewards of the strong pace he has shown all year long as he brought the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda home seventh in Race 1 of the Iowa 250s on Friday night. 

A 90-minute practice, new qualifying format and INDYCAR debut race at Iowa Speedway for Harvey was yet another battle to get up to speed quickly as he and Meyer Shank Racing continue their first full-season INDYCAR Series campaign.   

#60: Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing Honda (Photo Courtesy of Meyer-Shank Racing)

A new two-lap qualifying format would determine the starting spots for Race 1 on Friday and Race 2 on Sunday. Harvey continued his strong qualifying performance to secure P9 and P6 for Race 1 and Race 2 respectively. The qualifying effort was the fifth time Harvey qualified in the top 10 so far in 2020, which includes his back-to-back front row starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and at Road America.  

On the short, fast, and aggressive 0.875-mile ‘bull ring,’ tire strategy would be the most important factor with a new set of Firestone Racing tires giving drivers a two-second advantage.  

Harvey drove a strong first two stints before a lap 116 full course caution. The yellow flag finally worked in Harvey’s favor, allowing him to receive a pass around, come into the pits and stay on the lead lap. A lengthy 26 lap full course caution restructured the field’s pit stop strategy as Harvey restarted from ninth in the order.

A smart pit stop strategy brought Harvey up to a high of fourth, as he fought to make it back to the INDYCAR podium for nearly 20 laps. Following 250 laps of wheel-to-wheel racing, Harvey crossed the finish line seventh. 

 “Today was a really solid day,” said Harvey. “Getting to drive this track in an Indy Car is much different from the Indy Lights car, but the competition and intensity are still the same. As anticipated, the race was non-stop and I definitely learned a ton that I can take with me into tomorrow. This type of finish is what we needed and finally we were able to get a result that was reflective of our pace. I’m hoping that we can improve for tomorrow.” 

Saturday will feature a final practice round at 3:30pm ET with the second round of Iowa Speedway action set for 8:30pm ET on NBCSN. IndyCar Radio coverage will also be featured on SiriusXM Ch. 205. 

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