Third consecutive race weekend for Meyer Shank Racing
Pataskala, Ohio (16 arch 2019) – After a remarkable NTT IndyCar season opener which saw Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) driver Jack Harvey finish 10th in St. Petersburg two weeks ago, the team is eager to take on the second round of competition this Sunday in the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) (March 24 on NBCSN 1:00pm ET).
An expanded 2019 race schedule for MSR sees the team continue to grow its IndyCar program in partnership with AutoNation and SiriusXM as the organization makes its second season-long campaign in IndyCar. That commitment has already yielded some early momentum for the team after Harvey took his career-best qualifying and race finish at the season-opening St. Petersburg race.
The Circuit of the Americas’ 3.427-mile free flowing, Formula One-grade track was the home for IndyCar Series Spring Training in February, providing a first chance for the team to develop the set-up for the diverse circuit. Having raced at the track in IMSA competition, the team has experience at the Austin-area track but was eager to generate as much data as possible in Spring Training to prepare for the first-ever IndyCar series race at the track.
“I feel pretty good heading into COTA and I think it’s just momentum that is good for us to have,” said Harvey. “It’s the thing that we struggled to generate last year. Now we have shown everybody and we have shown ourselves, most importantly, that we can produce good results. Now it’s just a case of fine tuning it, reworking it and try to finish further up the field.”
The COTA weekend will be the third consecutive race weekend for Meyer Shank Racing with the team competing at the IMSA Twelve Hours of Sebring last weekend. Despite the busy schedule, Mike Shank is pleased to have more track time among the IndyCar field.
“We had a really great start in St. Pete and Jack did a tremendous job,” said Shank. “Our goal this year is to continually qualify in the top 12 and finish in the top 10. We reached that goal at the first race of the season and we are confident that we can reach that once again this weekend. It’s just going to be about perfecting our strategy and maximizing the track time, but I feel that we have a good weekend ahead of us.”
The IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas will begin on Friday with Practice. Qualifying will be broadcast live on NBCSN on Saturday, March 23rd starting at 3:00pm ET. Catch the race on NBCSN on Sunday at 1:00pm ET or listen into IndyCar Radio on SiriusXM Ch. 209 or Online Ch. 970.