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Andretti Partners with Shank for Harvey Entry

With each turn, the Indianapolis 500 entry list continues to grow with intrigue. Andretti Autosport added another chapter on Wednesday.

The multi-time Verizon IndyCar Series winning organization announced a partnership with Michael Shank Racing for Jack Harvey’s entry for the Indianapolis 500. Harvey will pilot the No. 50 Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport Honda/Dallara for the Greatest Spectacle in racing. 

Shank made the decision to partner with Andretti to be one of a few entering the Rolex 24 of Daytona, Le Mans 24 Hour, and the Indianapolis 500 through his career.

“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,” said Shank, who oversees the Acura NSX GT3 program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. “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.”  

While Mike Shank has focused on sports car racing in recent years, he competed as a driver in open-wheel, making one IndyCar start in 1997 before shifitng to an ownership role. He has been successful, winning the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona. 

As announced this past weekend, Harvey will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut after scoring two Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires victories in both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Freedom 100 on his way to a 2015 runner-up in points.

“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,” said Michael Andretti. “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.”   

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.