MSR confirms full-time program for Harvey with Andretti assist
Michael Shank and Jim Meyer will obtain their dream of turning into full-time entrants within the NTT IndyCar Sequence subsequent season as Jack Harvey pilots the No. 60 Honda with help from Andretti Applied sciences.
The connection between Andretti and Meyer Shank Racing took its first step in 2017 on the Indianapolis 500 the place the Ohio-based group made its IndyCar debut in a automotive provided by Andretti. After buying a chassis of its personal, the MSR outfit appeared at six rounds in 2018 working in collaboration with the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports group, which lately moved to Chevrolet as its engine provider, expanded to 10 races final season, and within the reunion with Andretti’s Honda-powered group, MSR will lastly embark on the total 17-race calendar.
“These final two years we have now been taking the season in stride and actually studying the way to construct our program to the purpose the place we will run all 17 races,” Shank mentioned. “This 12 months has been nice and Jack has produced some spectacular outcomes for us and we, as a group, are proud to have him again subsequent 12 months. And naturally, all of this might not be potential with out AutoNation and SiriusXM who’ve labored aspect by aspect with us from the very starting and they’re a giant consider getting our program to the place it’s proper now.”
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Having gained IMSA’s 2019 GT Daytona championship with the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3, MSR’s ties to the Japanese model will proceed to develop stronger as Honda returns for the group’s fourth IndyCar season.
“After all, sticking by Honda was a vital determination to me,” Shank added. “We’ve got stood by HPD and Honda for a few years in each the sports activities automotive and IndyCar paddocks and to have the ability to proceed to work with them in 2020 is one thing I’m actually grateful for.”
For Harvey, whose final full season of racing got here in 2015 on the way in which to a runner-up end in Indy Lights, the religion and alternative offered by Shank, SiriusXM CEO and group co-owner Meyer, AutoNation CEO Marc Cannon, and others in his camp have the Briton prepared for a breakout efficiency.
“That is the second that all of us work so extraordinarily arduous for,” he mentioned. “I’m past grateful for this chance to go racing with Meyer Shank Racing, AutoNation and SiriusXM full time. We’ve got proven we could be aggressive, and I can’t wait to construct on that and get began on one other multi-year program with this group. That is the primary time in 4 years I’ll be competing full time, I owe that to Michael, Jim, Marc, my supervisor Bob [Perona], and my household for the assist and perception. I’ve by no means been so excited to go racing.”
Along with outfitting the No. 60 entry with dampers and different efficiency elements provided by Andretti Applied sciences, MSR may also have the companies of Andretti’s Andy Listes, who charges among the many most promising race engineers within the IndyCar paddock, to guide Harvey’s efforts from the timing stand.