Monterey, Calif. (22 September 2019) – Hoping to rebound after Saturday’s qualifying run fell short of what he was hoping for, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) driver, Jack Harvey was left wanting more after finishing 19th in the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda during the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey on Sunday.
MSR’s 10 race NTT IndyCar season has come to a close and despite an unsatisfactory result at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday, the team is looking ahead as it continues to work to build the IndyCar program.
The team got to a fast start this season and saw Harvey finish in the top ten three times. Harvey also gave MSR its first podium finish at the INDYCAR Grand Prix after starting and finishing third. Harvey also made two qualifying appearance in the Firestone Fast 6 in Indianapolis and Portland.
Harvey started from the 12th row at the 2.238-mile California circuit and was hoping to move forward with a strong race pace. As the early stages of the race played out with a range of strategies, Harvey moved as far forward as fourth before making his first pit stop on Lap 18.
Running the mid portion of the race on Firestone primary tires, Harvey was running 23rd and had pace quicker than the pack ahead before the first and only yellow fag on Lap 45. After a dicey restart, Harvey managed his way through the melee and moved up to 18th.
The team’s fourth and final stop brought Harvey in on Lap 62, but unfortunately he returned to pit lane one lap later to serve a drive through penalty. With just 27 laps remaining, Harvey brought home the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda 19th.
“It’s a bit obvious to say that this weekend is not how we wanted to end our year,” said Harvey. “We’ve been on such a good momentum swing and there’s really only two places where we have lacked pace. I’m just sad that we tested so well here and we weren’t able to replicate that during the race weekend. Overall we’ve learned a lot as a team this year and we’ve come a long way as a team and I’m excited for what’s to come.”
“Obviously this is not how we hoped to close out the season,” said Mike Shank. “We just lacked pace all weekend and never really seemed to get it back. But looking back at this season, I really couldn’t be happier. We got a podium finish and hit all of our goals. Jack (Harvey) has done a tremendous job and hopefully we can make some exciting announcements soon for 2020.”
The IndyCar season may be over for Meyer Shank Racing but the team will head to Michelin Raceway Laguna Seca on October 9-12 for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale as the team seeks to claim the IMSA GTD championship title.