LEXINGTON, OH – There is one main goal for Meyer Shank Racing for the future – become a full time entrant in the NTT IndyCar Series. The initial plan was for it to happen for 2020. As we sit here today, the focus is still that.
But, they have sub plans as well – win a race. Another sub plan? Run well at Indy as well as the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Harvey, finished a very impressive third in the May 11 INDYCAR Grand Prix in a wet race. What made it so impressive was, Harvey had never raced in the race before and here he was scoring the teams’ first career podium on a wet 2.439-mile race track.
He even qualified third in his No. 60 Honda that weekend as well.
They’ve only made two starts in the series. While they raced in the first six events to the 2019 season, they’ve only appeared in two since the Indy 500. While some would wonder why, especially with them scoring three top 10 finishes in the first five races, even seeing Harvey sit 12th in the points standings heading into the Indianapolis 500, but the team is sticking to their plan – to be full time.
Team owner Michael Shank told me following their podium in May that even if they had all the funding in the world, he doesn’t know if they’d go full time just yet. He knows he likely only has one shot at this and he wants to do it right. Why rush up? Take steps and get yourself with the right people to get there first.
They went from one race in 2017 to six in 2018 and 10 in 2019. That was always the plan. The next step was full time status in 2020.
So far, it’s working.
While they haven’t been in a race since Road America, Harvey was 11th, 8th, 12th practice respectively this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Brit and his team look to be among a group of solid sleepers to win Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (4 p.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network).
They even qualified ninth, the best among the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers.
How great would that be?
“I am really happy with a top-10 start,” Harvey said. “We are only a part-time team, but we are competitive like a full-time team. I know how important this race is for everyone at Meyer Shank Racing and we have put ourselves in a good position to have a great race day. My goal is to make everyone that is here to support us as well as our partners, AutoNation and SiriusXM, proud. We are right in the window to have success and I know that the MSR guys can put together a great car for me to be competitive tomorrow.”
MSR’s home track is here. Their shop is located in Pataskala, Ohio. Mid-Ohio means as much as Indy to this organization and if they can get another podium here, the party will be on.