Sonoma, Calif. (11 September 2018) – Ready to complete the team’s first year in Verizon IndyCar Series competition on a high note, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) will close out its six race 2018 IndyCar campaign at Sonoma Raceway this weekend with the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda driven by Jack Harvey.
Coming off of a big IMSA WeatherTech win this past weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, MSR is looking to continue to make progress amongst the highly competitive IndyCar field. Harvey returns to Sonoma Raceway with the advantage of having already raced an IndyCar on the picturesque wine country track after competing at the season-finale event for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports last year.
Not only will Harvey’s IndyCar knowledge of Sonoma be an asset, his two 2015 Indy Lights poles and wins will also give him the added experience and preparation for a solid result.
MSR has continued to build on its IndyCar program and will target continued growth for the effort in 2019.
Each event has seen the team continue to push the progress with the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda with each successive race outing. The Portland Grand Prix saw the team show top five pace through practice and into the early stages of the race until an untimely yellow flag threw a wrench in the team’s strategy with Harvey finishing 16th.
“Sonoma is a special place for me,” said Harvey. “I swept the weekend there in Indy Lights with both poles and both wins and Sonoma was also where I had my first IndyCar test. I raced there last year but we didn’t have the result that we had hoped for. I am hoping that we can continue the momentum that the team has, from our weekend in Portland and then the team’s sports car win at Laguna this past weekend. We have been improving every race and I think we can keep this flow of momentum heading to Sonoma.”
The team races with its strong association of marketing partnerships for the No. 60 Honda-powered Dallara.
The striking pink AutoNation / SiriusXM machine will once again be supporting AutoNation’s Drive Pink campaign as the cancer research initiative will have a presence during the race weekend with its traveling “Shasta.” Stop by the paddock to see the Shasta Friday – Sunday and participate in several fun activities including corn hole, arts & crafts, a photo booth, giveaways and live music. Learn more about the traveling Shasta and AutoNation’s Drive Pink campaign, http://drivepink.com/.
“We’ve all been looking forward to Sonoma for a while, and it is even better to be heading right from our IMSA win last weekend at Laguna,” said Mike Shank. “Jack has been progressing each race that we go to. It’s difficult to have the breaks in between events, but he has been picking it back up quickly. Sonoma will be a good weekend for us, Jack has won here in Lights before and raced here last year with SPM, so he’s familiar with how the track works. It’s also great to have all of our friends from AutoNation out here spreading the word on the Drive Pink campaign. We will keep doing what we have been doing and hopefully can finish the season on a high note.”
The Sonoma Race weekend will kick off with Friday practice followed by Qualifying this Saturday with delayed NBCSN coverage beginning at 5:00 PM PST (8:00 PM ET). The Grand Prix of Sonoma will be broadcast live on NBCSN beginning at 3:30 PM PST (6:30 PM ET) with a green flag set for 3:30 PM.