Gains 13 positions during the IndyCar Classic
Austin, TX (24 March 2019) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) driver Jack Harvey delivered a tenth-place finish with the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda in the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas on Sunday.
The race finish is the second consecutive NTT IndyCar top-ten for the team as the MSR IndyCar program continues to build momentum in its second season-long campaign.
Harvey started the race from the 12th row of the grid as the field made a clean start to the 60-lap event. The abrasive surface on the 3.427-mile circuit saw multiple tire strategies put in play as Harvey was able to move up to race in eighth position by lap 12 before taking to pit lane just two laps later for a set of Firestone primary tires.
Looking to move into clean air, Harvey returned to pit lane for a second stop on lap 24 for Firestone Red tires. As the race ran at a flat out pace, Harvey clawed back track position with consistently quick laps that saw him gain ground. MSR called Harvey in for a final pit stop on lap 42 as a full course caution reset the field just one lap later.
Restarting from ninth with 10 laps to go, Harvey secured 10th at the finish after a hard-fought fight all the way to the checkered flag.
“The whole team did a great job to make up all those positions,” said Harvey. “It was nice to be on the good end of the yellow flag which put us in a competitive position with about 10 laps to go. If you had asked me this morning I wouldn’t have thought we would have finished 10th. Towards the end I thought we had great pace and I think we showed that we belong in the top 10. For me, I just want to keep getting these types of results. So far it’s two races and two top tens so I can’t complain.”
As the team continues to build on its IndyCar program, Mike Shank is seeing the results through the team’s never-give-up attitude.
“Today was a great day for us,” said Shank. “We just keep pushing and working at these races and the results are starting to come to us. As a team we are spending much more time together and building on strategy which has helped us tremendously. If we keep doing what we have been doing so far this season, I think we are in good shape.”
After three consecutive races this month that has seen Meyer Shank Racing capture its best IndyCar qualifying and race result (St. Petersburg), start on pole for the 12 Hours of Sebring with a double top ten finish, and then close out the month with a second top 10 IndyCar finish.
The team will return to IndyCar action in two weeks time when the series heads to Barber Motorsports Park for the third event of the 2019 season.