Harvey drives to a high of sixth in NTT IndyCar Season opener
St. Petersburg, Fl. (10 March 2019) – After transferring through qualifying on Saturday and starting seventh on the grid, Jack Harvey drove his No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda Indy Car to a tenth-place finish, the best finish to date for Meyer Shank Racing’s (MSR) NTT IndyCar program.
Coming into its second year of IndyCar competition, MSR had high hopes after a busy off season preparing for the IndyCar season opener. Coming back with lessons learned, both Harvey and MSR put in the work to have a competitive program this season.
Starting on the inside of the fourth row, Harvey made the most of the start, holding his position and with strong restarts that followed. By Lap 20, Harvey moved his pink machine into sixth position which he held through several tough battles as he closed in on the top five.
A Lap 48 pit stop gave Harvey a new set of Firestone black tires as he re-entered the track eleventh. Managing his tires through very warm conditions, Harvey moved up the order as he returned to the Top Ten on Lap 73. Aiming to get one more position, Harvey pushed all the way to the checkered flag, giving Meyer Shank Racing its best finish of its IndyCar career.
“As a whole it’s been a really successful weekend,” said Harvey. “We had our best finishing position and our best qualifying position. Naturally when you qualify well the hope is that it will transfer into the race. We can’t say it didn’t because we got our best race finish, but we definitely lacked some pace. The guys did a great job this weekend, we qualified seventh and finished 10th. We said prior to the season that we wanted to qualify in the top 12 and finish in the top ten, so by our own standards that was a great race.”
With the anticipation of having an improved result this season, Mike Shank is proud of the entire MSR effort this weekend which saw the team perform several flawless pit stops during the 110-lap race.
“Jack (Harvey) drove an incredible race,” said Mike Shank. “We came into the weekend with ambitions to get a top ten and he did just that. We had a lot of pace in qualifying but that same pace didn’t quite transfer over into the race. We have now built a solid foundation for ourselves for the rest of the season and I think we showed right out of the gates that we have a really competitive program for the 2019 season.”
Meyer Shank Racing will return to IndyCar competition in just two weeks time as the series heads to Circuit of the Americas on March 24th. The team will first head to Sebring International Raceway for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for the second race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on March 16th.