By: Spencer Neff
January 22, 2019 | 10:50 AM
The field for the NTT IndyCar Series expanded by one on Tuesday morning as Meyer Shank Racing confirmed their partial IndyCar Series effort for 2019. The pairing will work in continuation with their partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
MSR will be expanding their schedule to 10 races for the 2019 season, up from six in 2018. In addition to the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 26, the team will be running nine road and street course races.
Their slate begins with the St. Petersburg Grand Prix on March 10. The team will compete in the first six races of the season at CIrcuit of the Americas (March 24), Barber Motorsports Park (April 7), Streets of Long Beach (April 14) and the Indianapolis Grand Prix (May 11) before the 500.
From there, the team has added the June 24 race at Road America to its plans as well as a return to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 28 for the Pataskala, Ohio-based outfit.
MSR will wrap up the 2019 season at Portland International Raceway (September 1) and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (September 22).
“I am really excited to see the way this program has grown over the past season,” said Mike Shank in today’s press release making the announcement.
“Starting off with only six races is not easy, but Jack (Harvey) did a great job and really hung in there. With 10 races, Jack will have much more seat time and it will help us all around. I’m also excited to have both AutoNation and SiriusXM back on board with us. They have been such great partners to work with and there is only more to be excited about next year.”
Once again, Jack Harvey will be the driver of the No. 60 Dallara-Honda. Sirius XM and Auto Nation will be sponsoring the car for each race.
“We are extremely excited to be extending our program,” said Harvey. “That has always been the goal for 2019 and it is amazing to achieve that and continue to grow what we are doing.”
Harvey, a two-time IndyLights series championship runner-up, debuted at the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with Michael Shank Racing in an alliance with Andretti Autosport.
Harvey started 27th before a crash on Lap 66 ended his day, finishing 30th. SPM would tab Harvey to run the final two races in 2017 in their No. 7 car at Watkins Glen and Sonoma.
Shank and Harvey then ran six races with SPM in 2018.
Arrow SPM Owner Sam Schmidt expressed his excitement about continuing from their previous alliance.
“The partnership with Meyer Shank Racing has been so mutually beneficial, and I’m excited to see it continue and grow,” said Schmidt. “Being able to share data, resources and personnel only helps both teams’ efforts as we all strive to win more races. I’m really looking forward to another great year with MSR, Mike (Shank) and Jim (Meyer) working alongside everyone at Arrow SPM.”
During the season, the team announced a partnership with SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer.
“We are proud to continue to support Meyer Shank Racing and Jack Harvey’s No. 60 car as they expand their schedule in 2019,” Meyer exclaimed. “Jack turned a lot of heads with his performance in last year’s Indy 500 and we are excited to see what he and the MSR team will do on the track for 10 races this season.”
Harvey earned his career-best finish (12th at Long Beach) and start (13th at Portland). He was running in second at the Indianapolis 500 before pitting for fuel with five laps to go.
With the expanded entry, Harvey acknowledged the need for continued success.
“Now it’s our turn to get out on track and do more races and hopefully get some better results. I believe in the team and in myself to do what we have to do. We are just thrilled to confirm this expanded schedule so we can deliver results for everyone.”
Before hitting the streets of St. Petersburg in March, the team will be at Circuit of the Americas on February 12-13 to take part in the open test.
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