By: Tanner Watkins
November 8, 2019 | 11:00 AM
Announced this morning, Meyer Shank Racing will continue their incremental climb into open-wheel racing by committing to the full NTT IndyCar Series season in 2020.
The Ohio-based team has signed a new multi-year agreement with AutoNation and SiriusXM in order to expand its involvement in IndyCar, and additionally, the No. 60 Honda will continue to be driven by British racer Jack Harvey.
“These last two years we have been taking the season in stride and really learning how to build our program to the point where we can run all 17 races,” said Mike Shank, the co-owner of Meyer Shank Racing.
“This year has been great and Jack (Harvey) has produced some spectacular results for us and we, as a team, are proud to have him back next year. And of course, all of this would not be possible without AutoNation and SiriusXM who have worked side by side with us from the very beginning and they are a big factor in getting our program to where it is right now.
“Of course sticking by Honda was a very important decision to me,” continued Shank. “We have stood by HPD and Honda for many years in both the sports car and IndyCar paddocks and to be able to continue to work with them in 2020 is something I am really grateful for.”
Shank brought the team to the 2017 Indianapolis 500 for their first foray into IndyCar, which was followed by a six-race program in 2018. In an expanded part-time season this past year, Harvey was able to notch four top-ten finishes – including a podium result at the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past May.
For Harvey, the opportunity to finally be a full-time driver in the NTT IndyCar Series comes as both a relief – and a reward after four years of patient waiting.
“This is the moment that we all work so extremely hard for,” said Harvey. “I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to go racing with Meyer Shank Racing, AutoNation and SiriusXM full time. We have shown we can be competitive, and I can’t wait to build on that and get started on another multi-year program with this group.
“This is the first time in four years I’ll be competing full time, I owe that to Michael (Shank), Jim (Meyer), Marc (Cannon), my manager Bob (Perona) and my family for the support and belief. I’ve never been so excited to go racing.”
Touching on their roots from that 2017 Indy 500, the full-time Meyer Shank Racing entry will partner with Andretti Technologies for the 2020 season. The MSR operation had been affiliated with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports over the past two years.
“We feel very strong about our partnership with Andretti Technologies and feel that will be a mutually beneficial program,” said Shank. “Announcing our full season effort is a combination of a ton of work behind the scenes from our sponsors to our individual crew members, and it’s great to finally announce our full season schedule for next year in IndyCar.”
Header image by Chris Jones/INDYCAR.