Meyer Shank Racing announced on Thursday that four-time and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will make his full-time NTT IndyCar Series return with the Ohio-based outfit in 2022, driving the No.06 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda. In confirming the Brazilian’s return to full-time competition, the team also confirmed that long-term MSR driver Jack Harvey will leave the team at the end of the season.

Paddock Eye understands that Jack Harvey who was set to sign a two-year contract extension with Meyer Shank Racing left the team of his own volition with his likely destination being a third Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry as the team look set to expand to a three-car full-time program in 2022 with Graham Rahal locked in for next season while Takuma Sato is also expected to return to the team.

So who could take Harvey’s seat in the No.60 Honda? Andretti Autosport is likely to make changes for next season with team owner Michael Andretti admitting recently that there are likely to be driver changes within the team. Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta are locked into contracts at Andretti while Ryan Hunter Reay is reportedly looking to scale back his involvement in IndyCar to ovals only while James Hinchcliffe who returned to full-time competition with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport but due to poor results not just on his side, the Canadian is likely to be heading to a new team next season.

The Mayor of HinchTown is a strong candidate as he has a great relationship with Honda and would bring Genesys with him which would be a great foundation for Meyer Shank Racing, he also has ties to Andretti Autosport whose sister company Andretti Technologies provide technical support to Meyer Shank.

Oliver Askew could be in the running for a full-time return to IndyCar in the No.60 Honda given that he filled in for the injured Felix Rosenqvist and would be a great candidate to race alongside Castroneves. Ed Jones could also be a potential option for Meyer Shank Racing owing to the fact that James Sulli Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser of Vasser-Sullivan Racing are considering their options for next season.

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