Elkhart Lake, Wisc. (23 June 2019) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) returned to NTT IndyCar competition this weekend at Road America as MSR driver Jack Harvey made his first-ever IndyCar start at the fabled four-mile Wisconsin circuit.
Balancing fuel consumption, tire degradation, and race pace, Harvey fought to a 15th place finish with the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM IndyCar in the Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America after the race ran at a furious pace without caution for the entire 55-lap race distance.
After numerous years racing stateside, Harvey took his first official laps around the 4.0-mile road course during practice on Friday ahead of qualifying on Saturday. Starting from the tenth row of the field, Harvey took an early pit stop on lap seven to switch over to primary tires.
Making his way up to a high of 12th on lap 15, Harvey focused heavily on hitting his fuel numbers. Two following pit stops on lap 23 and 41 were perfectly executed to bring Harvey home 15th in the order after 55 laps of green flag running.
“While I was buzzing with excitement to get here, the weekend didn’t go as we had hoped,” said Harvey. “We did have a nice recovery during the race to make up positions from where we had started. We had to save fuel most of the race or we would have found some more speed. We are taking positives out of this race weekend. Everyone at Meyer Shank Racing is doing a great job and a big thank you to AutoNation and SiriusXM. We move on to Mid-Ohio, the home race for MSR, where we hope to deliver a better result.”
“We didn’t have the pace that we wanted to, but the team execution was awesome and Jack did an outstanding job to make the fuel numbers that he needed to,” said Mike Shank. “We learned a ton this weekend and this is another building block for us with this program. We look forward to racing at our home track (Mid-Ohio) next and we will keep pushing to get back on the podium with Jack again.”
Meyer Shank Racing will head back into sports car competition with back-to-back IMSA races starting with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen and then onto Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The next NTT IndyCar event will bring the team home to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 28th.