Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport held a joint press conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday along with driver Jack Harvey to unveil the Englishman’s No.50 Honda for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the end of the month. Speaking at the press conference, Jack Harvey commented by saying:
We’re super excited to unveil the car, it’s something we’ve been working on for a long time and I’m glad we’re finally able to present it with all our sponsors and partners. It’s been a long-time in the making, I think about 18-months for me, but we’re happy to have AutoNation on board who has been supportive of this dream of mine for over a year now, so it’s been a relationship that has been growing and building forward for a while now.
With Gap Guard coming on board and adding some yellow to the car, the team did a great job making pink and yellow flow well through the livery. And, just recently having SiriusXM join us is the icing on the cake. Obviously with Mike (Shank), it’s great to see his partners following him over from Columbus, (Ohio). I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with Mike (Shank), Michael (Andretti), all of our partners and everyone else who has come together to make this opportunity possible.
Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport who will run six cars in the Indianapolis 500 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.
President of Mike Shank Racing, Michael Shank commented by saying:
The yearning to do the Indianapolis 500 has always been there. To be able to do this after all these years, especially after going up the open wheel route that we were going for 10-12 years and then deviating into sports cars, it is incredible.
“When I drive into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, through the gates and over to Gasoline Alley – it means a lot to me. And it’s not just me and my family. It’s giving everybody here who’s been working on my team for so long an opportunity to do what I think is the greatest race in the world. We’re going to approach the race just like every other race we’ve done. The Indy 500 is a relatively short race for us to be honest – it’s a four-hour race. We do those almost every time we go on the race track in the sports car world. I’m not worried about that side of it. It’s the intensity and the pace that we have to figure out. These days the Rolex 24 race has turned into 24 one-hour sprints so we’re used to staying hard on it all the time.
“It’s incredible to have the support of Andretti Autosport. The exact set up that Fernando Alonso had on his car at ROP – will go on Jack’s (Harvey) car for his first time out. We have a lot of resources behind us and we can look at the historical races and the different strategies and really utilize everything we have to make this as successful as possible.”
AutoNation, CAP & Associates, Gap Guard, Robert Service Group and Sirius XM will join Michael Shank Racing partners who will all feature on Harvey’s No.50 Honda. Speaking about the partnership, Mark Cannon, Chief Marketing Officer with AutoNation commented by saying:
AutoNation is excited to build on our partnership with Andretti Autosport through the sponsorship of Jack Harvey. Jack is a talented driver who will be joining AutoNation in the fight against cancer by supporting our Drive Pink initiative. By racing the No. 50 car, Jack is celebrating the 50 million customers AutoNation has serviced over the last 20 years, who show their encouragement through their Pink Plates to benefit breast cancer research. The entire AutoNation team will be rooting for Jack Harvey and Ryan Hunter-Reay on race day.
CEO of CAP & Associates, Charlene Prosnik commented by saying:
When we heard that Michael Shank Racing was entering the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, we wanted to support the team in any way we could. We’ve been a partner of Michael Shank Racing for over seven years and we’ve watched Mike (Shank) make a difference in motorsports. Racing in the Indianapolis 500 is a dream come true for Mike and one that is well-deserved. It’s just as exciting for us at CAP & Associates to be a part of this moment and we can’t wait for the Month of May to begin.
General Manager of Gap Guard, Jonathan Kotyk commented by saying:
We are thrilled to be partnering with the great organizations of Michael Shank Racing and Andretti Autosport and having Jack Harvey at the wheel. To be alongside such esteemed companies as AutoNation and Sirius XM on Jack’s car means a lot to Gap Guard as we enter our largest year of activation ever. We are looking forward to a great month of May with everyone involved.
President and COO of Roberts Service Group, Beth Butler commented by saying:
We were so excited that Michael Shank Racing was running in the Indy 500. We wanted to be a part of this amazing opportunity and help Mike (Shank) and the team any way we could. I’ve known Mike (Shank) and his wife Marybeth for over 20 years. The Indy 500 has been a star they have been reaching for and to be able to support their dream is an honor and privilege for us. Since first partnering with Michael Shank Racing in 2013, we have seen how Mike and the team attack every challenge with the same preparation, drive and determination. It’s a thrilling thing to be a part of and we can’t wait for race day!
Chief Executive Officer of Sirius XM Jim Meyer commented by saying:
Jack Harvey is a talented up-and-coming driver and SiriusXM is proud to support him in his first Indianapolis 500. We’re excited to work with Jack and the outstanding Michael Shank Racing and Andretti Autosport teams to have SiriusXM represented on the No. 50 car for IndyCar’s premier event.
Harvey joins Andretti Autosport’s Verizon IndyCar Series regulars, Takuma Sato, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter Reay and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi and McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso who will drive a McLaren Honda Andretti car in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Harvey will be on track for the first time on Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as practice for the Indy 500 gets underway.