Mansfield, Ohio (28 July 2018) – Looking for a strong weekend at its home event, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) made its first Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying run at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, locking in a spot on the tenth row for Sunday’s Honda 200 with driver Jack Harvey following his fast-lap flyer of 1:05.991-seconds.
Racing in front of its home crowd for the first time in Verizon IndyCar Series competition, Meyer Shank Racing has shown growth since the start of the 2018 season as the team prepares for its fourth IndyCar start of the season.
MSR has continued to improve on its pace since its previous outing at the Indianapolis 500 following testing with Harvey on board the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. Harvey has a winning record at the 2.238-mile circuit in Indy Lights competition.
Showing strong team progress as well as his own familiarity at the track, Harvey was tenth in Friday’s practice session, and was hoping for a strong spot in Saturday’s qualifying. Unfortunately, a red flag during the 10-minute qualifying session forced Harvey to kick into high gear, leaving him with less time to lay down a quick lap. Harvey’s quick first lap kept him on the edge of the transfer line, and although he improved his time on his next fast lap, it wasn’t enough to allow him to transfer into the next session. Harvey will start the Honda 200 in 20th position.
“I think after Practice two yesterday we were in a pretty good spot,” said Harvey. “Our red tires yesterday were very good and we all were happy with the speed we had. We just haven’t been able to keep that momentum going today. We struggled more in practice then I would have liked and we didn’t have the same balance on the reds. We have some work to do on the No. 60 car. Everyone was struggling with the track but that makes it important for us to stay on the ball. I don’t know why we struggled today but we will have to evolve our strategy for tomorrow. We will need the cards to fall our way but I know these guys are great at strategy and I know they will give me a good car for the race tomorrow.”
With Mike Shank’s career beginning on the grounds of Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, it’s a special weekend for the Ohio team owner as he hopes to give his local supporters a good result.
“This weekend has been something that I have wanted to happen for my entire career in racing,” said Shank. “Yesterday we started to really show some pace and Jack (Harvey) was putting all of his tools together and we were comfortably in the top ten. Today was little bit more difficult. We aren’t exactly where we want to be since we were so strong yesterday, but I have all of the confidence in the world in Jack and my guys, I know we will put it all out on the table tomorrow for the race.”
The Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio will begin with live CNBC covered beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET. You can also catch live IndyCar Radio coverage on SiriusXM channel 209.