Long Beach, Calif. (9 April 2018) – Meyer Shank Racing will return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition this weekend as the series stages the 44th edition of the Grand Prix of Long Beach which will be carried live on NBCSN as well as on SiriusXM (Ch. 209) at 4:00 p.m. EST on Sunday April 15th.
The team has made several starts at the 1.968-mile circuit in IMSA and Formula Atlantics competition, but Sunday’s 85-lap race marks the team’s first Indycar start at the California venue.
Jack Harvey, driver of the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda will return with the team looking for redemption after a strong opening run at St. Petersburg quickly turned sour and came to an early end.
Returning to the Verizon IndyCar field under a new name following the announcement of the redesigned ownership structure for the team with Jim Meyer joining the squad, Meyer Shank Racing is prepared to attack the highly competitive field once again for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Despite his rookie status in the IndyCar field, Harvey will once again be returning to a circuit which he has turned laps on in his time competing in IndyLights. Harvey’s pace at the notorious street course earned him pole position in 2015 and he will look to use that momentum this weekend.
“It was nice to see how much pace the team had at St. Pete because we can hopefully translate that into Long Beach,” said Harvey. “I’m expecting a better performance from myself going into the race weekend. Long Beach is also a track which I’ve been quick at before, put it on pole in 2015 but unfortunately didn’t get through the first corner. Long Beach is a great event and it’s in a great city. The event has a lot of history behind it from when Formula 1 was there back in the day. I’m really looking forward to heading back there and getting back on track.”
Even though Meyer Shank Racing will be entering the race weekend under a new name, it won’t change the innerworkings of the same hard-working and dedicated members of the team.
“I was happy with how the weekend in St. Petersburg went from a team point of view—our preparation and pit stops and just feeling like we were ready to go for every session,” said Shank. “Unfortunately we got knocked out of the race early and didn’t make it to the finish, but that was out of our control. So heading to Long Beach, we just want to build and continue to get all the laps we can and just keep developing this side of our program. Jack’s been super quick at Long Beach in the past and hopefully we unload with a quick car for him and have another good weekend.”
The Grand Prix of Long Beach will go green this Sunday, April 15th at 4:00 p.m. EST on NBCSN. You can also listen to the full race weekend on SiriusXM channel 209.