Announced at this morning’s PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, Jack Harvey and Michael Shank Racing will begin a multi-year partnership with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports that will place the British driver in the IndyCar field for at least four races in 2018, with additional events expected to be confirmed at a later date.
Building on its maiden IndyCar voyage at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with Harvey, Shank will bring commercial sponsors SiriusXM and AutoNation to the program as primary sponsors. The entry is slotted to compete in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 in May, as well as the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Grand Prix of Portland, and the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. Appearances at the KOHLER Grand Prix of Road America and the Honda Indy Toronto are events still on the table and not yet confirmed.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for this to come together and for everything to be moving forward,” said the 24-year-old Harvey. “I had a very positive experience racing for Mike Shank in the Indianapolis 500, and it was great to build on that with SPM in the last two races of the year. Now to be racing for Mike and to also have the support of SPM for this program, it is the best of both worlds for me. I want to do as well as we possibly can for AutoNation and SiriusXM, and I cannot wait for St. Pete to get here.”
In teaming with Schmidt-Peterson, the entry will be Honda-powered and strengthens existing partnerships with Curb Records, CAP and Associates, Rocky Fork Company and Roberts Service Group. Shank credits the increased involvement by these partners with the opportunity to expand their IMSA and IndyCar operations.
“I’m so happy to have everything come together and to be able to make this announcement—there was a ton of work that went into just getting to this point, and of course it is just the start,” said Shank. “This is a very big deal, for me and my wife Mary Beth, and for my race team. We are really excited to have Jack back with us, and very focused on making the most of this multi-year program. It is a big undertaking but I’ve been working on this nonstop, every day for months to have everything in place for us to be able to go out and build a competitive program.”
Working with Andretti Autosport for last May’s Indianapolis 500, an expanded partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports builds on the two races in which Harvey appeared for the team near the end of 2017. It continues a steady line of development for Michael Shank Racing and positions the saavy Shank for possible full-time entry to the series at a later date.
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