TEAM BIOS

MIKE SHANK / Team Owner

Mike Shank first started racing professionally in 1989, and quickly made a name for himself, earning notice as the SCCA-Ohio Valley Region Novice Driver of the Year. He didn’t lose any momentum as he moved up the ladder, taking the 1996 Toyota Atlantic C2 Championship before moving up to race in the Indy Racing League.

As he gained winning experience in the car, he put that knowledge to work as his team expanded to run other drivers and Shank eventually retired as a driver to focus on running and growing his team.

Competing in the Champ Car Toyota Atlantic Championship, Michael Shank Racing flourished with drivers like Kenny Wilden, Sam Hornish Jr., and Johnny Rutherford finding success with the team. Wilden scored runner-up in the 1999 Toyota Atlantic Championship, and Shank won “Team Owner of the Year” twice in four years before deciding to move his team into a new direction and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in 2004.

Shank, who himself had one start as a driver in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, oversaw his team’s adroit adaptation to the rigors of endurance racing, as the team led the first race they entered and finished on the podium in the second race they entered.

Michael Shank Racing made its 250th Prototype start in the 2016 Petit Le Mans and won the event. It marked longtime team driver John Pew’s final race with the team before retiring from IMSA racing. Having competed in the top IMSA Prototype category for over 10 years, 2017 saw Mike Shank’s team enter the GTD class championship with a two-car Acura NSX GT3 effort.

In 2017, Mike Shank was awarded the Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence, presented by the Gorsline Company during the Rolex 24 event weekend. The award recognizes the team owner who demonstrates the qualities of integrity, passion for the sport, and love of cars for which Bob Snodgrass was known during his life and career.

In addition to the program that Shank manages for Acura Motorsports in IMSA WeatherTech competition, 2017 saw the team achieve a new goal with a debut entry in the Indianapolis 500. Fielding the Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport Honda/Dallara with rookie driver Jack Harvey, the team impressed by overcoming several setbacks. Michael Shank Racing Crew Chief Adam Rovazzini earned the prestigious Clint Brawner Award for the group’s effort.

Just one week following Mike Shank’s Indianapolis 500 debut, Michael Shank Racing broke through for a tremendous IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory in the Detroit Grand Prix with drivers Andy Lally and Katherine Legge teaming in the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3. It was the first victory globally for the all-new Acura NSX GT3 machine, earned in just the team’s fifth event with the new Acura platform. Further bolstering Michael Shank Racing’s victory in Detroit, was the fifth place finish of the sister No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 which ran in podium contention all the way up until the final two laps.

With multiple podium trophies on the mantle in the Columbus, Ohio, shop, Shank is focused on taking his team to the next level, with a full-time stable of two cars, and with a talented stable of drivers piloting cars prepared by a loyal and professional crew, he is likely to continue to grow the legacy of the team.

Accomplishments

Driver
  • 30-plus national victories in Formula Ford, Formula Continental, Sports 2000 and Formula Atlantic competition
  • 1999 – KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Car Owner of the Year
  • 1999 – United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC), Can-Am Division. Co-drove a Intersport Racing Lola T98/10 in Rolex 24 at Daytona with Jon Fields, Sam Hornish Jr., and Ryan Jones. Qualified eighth and finished 42nd following mechanical problems
  • 1997 – Indy Racing League (IRL), qualified 25th and finished 13th in the Las Vegas 500 with Neinhouse Motorsports
  • 1996 – Champion, C2 Division, Player’s/Toyota Atlantic Championship
  • 1989 – SCCA-Ohio Valley Region Novice Driver of the Year
Team Owner
  • 2012 – Won the 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24
  • 2013 – Fastest lap recorded at the Daytona International Speedway by Colin Braun
  • 2016 – First entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans where they led 2 laps and finished 9th
  • 2016 – Qualified on pole and won the Petit Le Mans
  • 2017 – selected as factory Acura GTD team - fielded 2 Acura NSX GT3s
  • 2017 – Entered the Indianapolis 500 with rookie driver Jack Harvey in the No. 50 Honda Dallara
  • 2017 – selected as factory Acura GTD team - fielded 2 Acura NSX GT3s
  • 2017 – Won the Detroit Grand Prix with drivers Katherine Legge and Andy Lally to give the Acura NSX GT3 its first victory in the world
  • 2018 – three wins and five podiums on board the Acura NSX - finished second in the IMSA championship
  • 2017 – participated in six IndyCar races including the Indianapolis 500 with driver Jack Harvey
  • 2019 – crowned IMSA GTD champions with Trent Hindman & Mario Farnbacher
  • 2019 – scored a first IndyCar podium at the INDYCAR Grand Prix with Jack Harvey

JIM MEYER / CO-Owner

Jim Meyer joined Michael Shank Racing in April of 2017 serving as co-owner of the newly re-branded, Meyer Shank Racing. Meyer has a true passion for Motorsports and is now an integral park of the MSR operation, attending every race that he can. As a resident of Indianapolis, Meyer has regularly attended the Indianapolis 500 for decades and has always dreamed of becoming a part of the sport.

Aside from taking on partial ownership of MSR, Meyer is the Chief Executive Officer of SiriusXM. First joining SiriusXM as President of Sales and Operations in 2004, Meyer worked his way up before becoming CEO in 2013, which he still holds today. Meyer oversees all of the company’s operations from its New York City headquarters.

Prior to joining SiriusXM, Meyer held several senior management positions for nearly 25 years in consumer electronics. Meyer was the President of Aegis Ventures, a general management consulting company where he provided support for SiriusXM. Meyer was also the Senior Executive Vice President of Digital Media Solutions for Thomson – a worldwide leader in consumer electronics.

JASON GIVENS

Team Manager


What year did you start working at MSR? 2005
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 15 years, all working for MSR
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the Rolex 24 in 2012 with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Working in sales
Hobbies outside of racing? Being with family and enjoying every minute of life

JUSTIN HARNISFAGER

Crew Chief, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2005
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 17 years. I started with Phoenix Promotions, now Team Sahlens while attending UNOH
What is your favorite racing memory? So many great ones! 2019, 2020 back-to-back championships with MSR rate pretty high. Looking forward to making more great memories!
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? No doubt working on cars, boats or planes.
Hobbies outside of racing? Traveling with my wife and friends. Love boating and skiing or anything on the water. Working on my own vehicles. Golf is something I threaten to do more of.

DALE WISE

Lead Engineer, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2006
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? Over 40 years. Wise Motorsports then Truesports INDYCAR Team
What is your favorite racing memory? I have a lot of favorites, too many to name. Driving in SCCA & IMSA Events, and Winning the 2012 Daytona 24hr with MSR.
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Not sure there's anything else, but it would probably be designing or modifying something.
Hobbies outside of racing? Boating, Kayaking, Motorcycles

DARIN PIGG

Gearbox Mechanic / Rear Tire Changer, No. 60 Acura DPi


More to come

KEVIN WIMER

Bodywork Mechanic / Front Tire Changer, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2006
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 15 years, I started working for MSR at the end of my Junior Year of high school!
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the Rolex 24 in 2012 with MSR and the trip to Le Mans in 2016
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Probably a CNC Machinist which is the trade that I learned in school
Hobbies outside of racing? I enjoy riding my RZR and Motorcycle, also playing online games with some of the other crew guys

RYAN KNOTT

Mechanic / Fuel Assistant, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2017
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 11 years, working for Speed Source Inc.
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the 2019 GTD Championship with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Fabrication
Hobbies outside of racing? Mountain biking, long boarding, fishing

VINCENT FORGES

Data Engineer, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2016
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 7 years, started in 2014 in Formula SAE then as an engineer at WRT
What is your favorite racing memory? First championship with MSR in 2019 and first Indy 500 with MSR in 2017
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Flying planes in the French army
Hobbies outside of racing? Motorcycle riding, skiing, anything that moves fast

GRAYSON HEINBAUGH

Assistant Engineer, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2019
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 6 years, USAC Official
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the Purdue Grand Prix back-to-back and winning the 2020 IMSA Championship my first year with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Fabrication or architecture
Hobbies outside of racing? Golfing and technology

RALPH LOHR

Transportation / Fuel, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2000
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 24 years, working for Intersport Racing
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the Rolex 24 in 2012 with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Restoring old cars
Hobbies outside of racing? Spending time with my wife and our dog

RYAN MCCARTHY

Assistant Engineer, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2017
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? My first job was 13 years ago as a data engineer for a Champcar/IndyCar team
What is your favorite racing memory? Every Championship holds a special place in my mind. They are pretty rare and I am lucky enough to be a part of a few of them.
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Racing is all I have ever done in my professional career, so I've never really had to think about anything else. From a young age I always knew I would work on or around cars, and I am very fortunate to get to do that every day in this industry.
Hobbies outside of racing? Race Engineering doesn't always allow much hands-on, dirt-under-your-nails, kind of work (definitely better left to the more qualified Mechanics), so I'm drawn to any projects and activities that provide that kind of satisfaction.

ROB TRINKNER

Electrical, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2020
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 27 years, Rahal Hogan Racing (now RLL) in 1994
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the Indy 500 in 2004 or winning the Rolex 24 in 2019
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Probably working in IT or Electronics
Hobbies outside of racing? Golf, hiking, photography, radio controlled anything

ANDREW SMITH

Fuel/Bodywork, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2020
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 5 years, volunteering with Steve Harper on his alcohol funny car team
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the 2018 NHRA funny car championship with Kalitta Motorsports
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Either working in a performance automotive shop or driving tractor trailers
Hobbies outside of racing? Playing video games, guitar, riding my motorcycle, working on my cars

PERRY MELNECIUC

Mechanic / Driver Change Assist, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2016
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 33 years, my first job was a paid rider
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the Daytona 200 as a team owner
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Retired
Hobbies outside of racing? Cycling, golf, shooting

RION KELLEY

Mechanic, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2016
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 9 years, clutch mechanic on Jim Head's top fuel funny car
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the 2019 IMSA GTD championship with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Mechanic
Hobbies outside of racing? Golf and shooting sports

BARRY WADDELL

Spotter, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2006
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 34 years, Skip Barber Parts Manager
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning a Barber Dodge race in 1995
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Wildlife Management
Hobbies outside of racing? Cycling

MITCH O'PATIK

Mechanic / Tires, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2017
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 6 years, tire and body duty on a top fuel car
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning back-to-back IMSA championships with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Not too sure, all I've done is racing!
Hobbies outside of racing? iRacing, golfing, spending time with my wife and dog, being around friends and family

REG SCHMEISS

Tire Management, No. 60 Acura DPi


What year did you start working at MSR? 2016
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 1980, Australian F5000
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning 100s of races and championships worldwide
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? I have never had to face that terrible thought
Hobbies outside of racing? Travel

ADAM ROVAZZINI

Crew Chief, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2016
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 19 years, working as a mechanic
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the 2008 Indianapolis 500
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Financial investing
Hobbies outside of racing? Spending time with family

NINO VENEZIA

Inside Rear Tire Changer No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2019
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 21 years - Penske racing worked on a racing school program
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the Indy 500 2014 with Andretti
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Idk honestly
Hobbies outside of racing? I don’t have any

TIM KLEPSKY

Mechanic, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2018
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 4 years, Cadillac Racing / Pratt & Miller working on the ATSR.V GT3 in 2017
What is your favorite racing memory? The 2020 Sebring finish and wrapping up back-to-back GTD Championships with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Building pro tour muscle cars
Hobbies outside of racing? Working out, sim racing, working on my '67 Camaro

DONNIE SKINNER

Rear Mechanic / Rear Tire Changer, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2019
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 25 years, #9 Lewis Racing out of Long Beach, CA
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning my first Indy 500 / 2005 Dan Wheldon
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Sales, Forestry, Conservation
Hobbies outside of racing? Staying active and being outdoors

KYLE GIBSON

Front Mechanic / Airjack, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2018
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 5 years, as a Lamborghini Super Trofeo Mechanic
What is your favorite racing memory? Standing on the grid of the Indy 500 and being on the podium at the 2019 INDYCAR GP with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Working as an exotic car mechanic
Hobbies outside of racing? Spending time with my wife and daughter

BRETT DOZMATTI

Electrical, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2012
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 16 years, wiring guy at Rahal Letterman Racing
What is your favorite racing memory? My first season in racing and almost winning the Indy 500 - we came in 2nd and 4th. Also winning the 2012 Rolex 24 with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Inspection and repair of fire safety systems for buildings / cars
Hobbies outside of racing? Drag racing and relaxing at the smoker smoking some brisket

FRANK CAMACHO

Transportation / Fueler, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2019
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 20 years. Bettenhausen Motorsports. Parts runner
What is your favorite racing memory? First win at Surfers Paradise Australia and Pole at Indy
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Good question. Probably still be wearing a suit and tie some where.
Hobbies outside of racing? Bike riding, hiking, watching movies, eating, drinking and socializing with all my friends

MARTY ARMSTRONG

Gears / Windscreen, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2020
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 32 years, Skip Barber Racing
What is your favorite racing memory? Listening to AJ Foyt and what he has done and seen. It's great history!
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Forensic science
Hobbies outside of racing? Music and history

JIMMY LOOPER

Crew Chief, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2020
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 19 years, being a fabricator at Motorsports Services
What is your favorite racing memory? Back to back Daytona 24 hour wins
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? I hope that I never have to find out
Hobbies outside of racing? Running my kids around so that they can do their hobbies

JEFF LYDA

Tires, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2020
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 3 years, mechanic/driver coach for a go kart team
What is your favorite racing memory? My first race with MSR which was at Mid-Ohio
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Working for a trucking company
Hobbies outside of racing? Racing go karts or watching football

TREY GIVENS

Bodywork, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2019
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 1 year, Working for MSR
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning back to back championships with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Owning my own business
Hobbies outside of racing? Hanging with my family, playing golf, watching any type of sports, and is a Paoli Certified Mechanic

JEFF SCHAFFNER

Assistant Engineer, No. 60 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2006
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 21 years, Ruman Racing Trans Am in 2000
What is your favorite racing memory? 2002/2004 CART/ChampCar Championships with Newman-Haas, 2012 Rolex 24 win with MSR, 2019 & 2020 IMSA championships with MSR
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? I'd probably be a drummer for someone with a residency show in Vegas
Hobbies outside of racing? Music (drums), I am also the CFO, Chief Engineer and Head dishwasher for Mrs. Turbo's Cookies!

BOB PERONA

Spotter, No. 60 IndyCar


More to come

JOHN MONTGOMERY

TBD


What year did you start working at MSR? 2018
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 27 years, Working for Tasman motorsport Group as a parts runner and apprentice mechanic
What is your favorite racing memory? The first time I stood on the grid for the Indy 500
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Working or playing in a Rock-n -Roll Band, maybe a shrimping boat captain. But seriously, what else is better than living The dream in Racing?
Hobbies outside of racing? Anything my kids are doing, playing a little guitar here and there, but mostly fishing and drinking margaritas.

MATT SWAN

Crew Chief, No. 06 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2019
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 35 years, Off road racing team helper/mechanic
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the 2010 Indy 500
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? No idea....
Hobbies outside of racing? Mountain bike riding, running, Buckeye football, 3D printing, Spending time with my family

COREY LIND

Mechanic, No. 06 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2020
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 16 years, cleaning parts and sweeping floors in the engine teardown department for Arrington Manufacturing
What is your favorite racing memory? Any time I pull into a new track for the first time
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Probably a tool salesman
Hobbies outside of racing? Collecting obscure racing decants and vintage tools

DOUG HUFFINES

Tire Management, No. 57 Acura NSX GT3


What year did you start working at MSR? 2017
How many years have you been working in racing? Over 30 years. Tire assistant.
What is your favorite racing memory? Hard to pick only one. I've been fortunate to work for some great teams, have many teammates who I count among my friends, enjoy a lot of race victories, help earn many championships, and participate at amazing venues & events over the years.
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? I'd be working at my next career and enjoying life's next adventure.
Hobbies outside of racing? Creating artisan jewelry & metalsmithing projects, pencil illustrations & freelance graphic design projects.

JACOB CALLAHAN

Outside Rear, No. 06 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2020
How many years have you been working in racing? 6 years, started with team BMW Team RLL
What is your favorite racing memory? Back to back Rolex 24 champs!
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? I hope I never need to find out.
Hobbies outside of racing? Riding my motorcycle

JASON LUCAS

DAG, No. 06 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2021
How many years have you been working in racing? 25+ years; data acquisition engineer
What is your favorite racing memory? Rick Mears’ 4th win at Indy
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Pilot
Hobbies outside of racing? Restoring classic cars

DIDIER FRANCESIA

Mechanic / Airjack, No. 06 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2021
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 33 years, Formula Renault mechanic
What is your favorite racing memory? 1990 F1 season / Baja 1000
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Building hot rods
Hobbies outside of racing? Snowboarding, mountain biking, Motorcycle riding, wood working

KEVIN O'DONNELL

Mechanic / front tire changer, No. 06 IndyCar


What year did you start working at MSR? 2017
How many years have you been working in racing? What was your first racing job? 32 years, Formula Atlantic Mechanic
What is your favorite racing memory? Winning the 2010 IndyCar Championship
If you didn't work in racing what would you be doing? Ski bum or investment banking
Hobbies outside of racing? Golf, cycling, motorcycling