Pataskala, Ohio (4 March 2019) – Launching its second season of NTT IndyCar action, Meyer Shank Racing kicks off the 2019 season in St. Petersburg, Florida with Jack Harvey in the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda.
The team returns to IndyCar competition with an expanded 10 race schedule and welcomes back partners AutoNation and SiriusXM. The 2019 season also marks the second year of the team’s technical partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
With 602 race laps under his belt after the 2018 season, Harvey is coming back to IndyCar action stronger than ever. With a focus on fitness during the offseason – currently down 25lbs since Sonoma 2018 – Harvey is physically and mentally prepared for the biggest IndyCar season of his career.
Harvey clinched the 2012 British F3 championship before making the move Stateside where he was runner up in the 2014 and 2015 Indy Lights Championships with six race wins. Harvey made his Indianapolis 500 debut with Meyer Shank Racing in 2017 and continued with the team through six races in 2018.
“Where we are this year compared to last year is a night and day difference,” said Harvey. “We spent the whole year understanding each other and how IndyCar works. We have been working really hard and hopefully we can show the work that we have put in during the off season and show that not just at St. Pete but in the entire season. I think the foundation work that we have done will hopefully cement our long-term future.”
Last year was the inaugural St. Petersburg event for Meyer Shank Racing and Harvey. Despite a promising start, the racing fortunes didn’t favor the team as Harvey suffered a cut tire.
Heading to the 2019 edition of the event, MSR and Harvey are eager to put that behind them and build on what they learned last year.
“We are in a much more comfortable spot coming to St. Petersburg compared to where we were last year,” said Mike Shank. “This time around, we know what to expect, we have data to go off of from last year and just overall we as a team are feeling much for confident heading into the season. Jack has been training and doing really well at all of our pre-season tests and I think that will show down in St. Pete.”
The NTT IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg will kick off with official practice on Friday, March 8th with Qualifying set for 2:30PM ET on Saturday, March 9th and will be broadcast on NBCSN starting at 2:30PM. Live race coverage can be viewed on NBCSN starting at 12:30PM on Sunday, March 10th. Listen in live for IndyCar Radio Qualifying and Race coverage on SiriusXM Ch. 209, Sirius Ch. 216 or online at Ch. 970.