It has been an extremely busy day for Verizon IndyCar Series team Andretti Autosport.
On Wednesday morning it was confirmed yhat the team have joined forces with the McLaren Technology Group to field Fernando Alonso in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
This afternoon the team confirmed that they will run Jack Harvey in partnership with Michael Shank Racing in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Speaking about the partnership, Michael Shank commented by saying:
“It has been nearly 25 years since my wife Marybeth and I started this race team, so to have this opportunity finally come together—it is huge for us. “We have been working to find a way to race in the Indianapolis 500 for years, and I’m grateful that our relationships have developed to put us in this position. Ever since we joined the Honda family, we’ve been able to continue to grow as a team and this is a great example of that. We are very excited to be working with the defending champions, and Jack (Harvey) is a very promising talent so we are thrilled to have this opportunity.”
The news means that Andretti Autosport will field six Honda powered cars for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next month.
Speaking about the partnership, Michael Andretti from Andretti Autosport commented by saying:
“As everyone has read, the Month of May is going to be big for us. We’re really excited to be partnering with not only McLaren and Honda for Fernando Alonso, but also with Michael Shank Racing in a joint entry on the No. 50 for Jack Harvey. “Michael [Shank] and the partnership with his organization was instrumental in allowing us to run six cars in the 101st Indy 500. The six drivers and engineering teams will work closely together as we defend our win from 2016.”