Meyer Shank Racing and driver Jack Harvey will be competing full-time in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season with technical support from Andretti Technologies.
Announced on Friday (Nov. 8), MSR will not only receive technical and development support, but Harvey’s team of engineers will be staffed with “veteran race engineers with Andretti Autosport experience,” per an Andretti Autosport press release.
“We feel very strong about our partnership with Andretti Technologies and feel that will be a mutually beneficial program,” said team co-owner Mike Shank in an MSR press release. “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.”
Harvey will be driving the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda in his and the team’s first full-time season in the NTT IndyCar Series.
“This is the moment that we all work so extremely hard for,” said Harvey in an MSR press release. “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.”
The 26-year-old from Bassingham, England, has 16 previous starts since 2018 with MSR. In 2019, the pair earned their first podium together at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May in the INDYCAR Grand Prix.
“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 Shank.
“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.”
MSR was forced to find a new technical partner for 2020 following ARROW Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ decision to partner with McLaren and switch from Honda to Chevrolet. It has been anticipated that following Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s partnership with Andretti Autosport was elevated from an independent operation to a fifth entry for Andretti, that MSR would become the next Andretti Technologies beneficiary.
“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.”
The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series begins in St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 15.
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Josh Roller is a 2019 graduate of the Sports Capital Journalism Program at IUPUI in Indianapolis. While in school, he covered the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship. He was an extern for INDYCAR in 2019 and interned with Charlotte Motor Speedway's Communications Department in 2020. Besides writing the Xfinity Breakdown for Frontstretch, he also does a weekly podcast with a friend he met at the 2018 Indy 500, Rob Peeters, called the Racing with Rob and Roller podcast.
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