Meyer Shank Racing announced on Friday that they have entered into a partnership with Andretti Technologies that will see the team with sponsorship from AutoNation and Sirius XM field Jack Harvey full time in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020.
Marc Cannon Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer with AutoNation said:
MSR, SiriusXM and Jack have been terrific partners and supporters of AutoNation and DRV PNK. “We’re excited to announce the continuation of our partnership and are looking forward to a great 2020 season.”
Richard Beatty senior VP of Marketing with Sirius XM said:
We are proud to continue to support Meyer Shank Racing and Jack Harvey’s No. 60 car as they expand to a full season in 2020. “We were very happy to see their success last year on the track and as the team continues to build on that momentum we are very pleased to have SiriusXM along for the ride.”
Jim Meyer, co owner of MSR said:
“It’s great that we are able to officially announce our full season effort for the 2020 IndyCar season. “This team and Mike (Shank) have worked very hard over the last two IndyCar seasons to put us in a position where we can come back full time. It’s also exciting to have both SiriusXM and AutoNation return on board the No. 60; both have been outstanding parties to work with.”
Jack Harvey driver of the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda who scored his first ever NTT IndyCar Series podium at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis where he finished in third place commented on the news saying:
“This is the moment that we all work so extremely hard for. “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.”
Team co owner Michael Shank who entered the Indianapolis 500 for the first time with Jack Harvey in 2017 in partnership with Andretti Autosport commented on the news saying:
“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. “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.
Speaking about the decision to stay with Honda Shank said:
Of course sticking by Honda was a very important decision to me. “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 agreement with Andretti Technologies will see Andretti engineers work with the team during the season.
Speaking about the Andretti partnership Shank said:
We feel very strong about our partnership with Andretti Technologies and feel that will be a mutually beneficial program. “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.”
Jack Harvey commented about the deal with Andretti Technologies saying:
“I’m very excited that MSR is partnering with Andretti Technologies. “This group together is really where this journey started. Consistently, they have shown they are one of the best teams and hopefully we can both continue to have strong seasons next year.”