INDIANAPOLIS – Michael Shank Racing and Andretti Autosport have debuted the livery of the No. 50 car that rookie driver Jack Harvey will pilot during the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
Joining Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport in support of Harvey’s Indianapolis 500 entry will be longtime Andretti partner AutoNation, the largest U.S. automotive retailer.
The South Florida-based company painted the livery pink in support of their Drive Pink campaign, raising breast cancer awareness.
The 101st running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing will be Michael Shank Racing’s first Indianapolis 500 effort as well as Harvey’s. Team owner Michael Shank, a former winner of the Rolex 24 as a team owner in IMSA, has hopes of becoming a full-time owner in the Verizon IndyCar Series in the future.
“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,” said Shank. “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.”
“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.”
“As everyone has read, the Month of May is going to be big for us,” said Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti. “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.”
Additional partners on the Shank/Andretti effort at Indianapolis will be CAP & Associates, Gap Guard, Roberts Service Group and SiriusXM.
“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,” said Harvey. “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. They have 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, Michael, all of our partners and everyone else who has come together to make this opportunity possible.”
CREDIT: Andretti Autosport with Michael Shank Racing