MSR’s sole entry for Jack Harvey has impressed on several occasions this year, its first while allied with Andretti Autosport. But the #60 was also strong last season while the team was affiliated with what was then called Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Shank’s Honda/HPD ties – he runs the two-car Acura NSX program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – meant he felt more comfortable departing Arrow SPM as it evolved into Arrow McLaren SP and switched to Chevrolet units.
In 2020, as in 2019, Harvey has been able to outpace his “semi-teammates” on several occasions, and started on the front row at both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Road America. Misfortune in terms of badly-timed caution periods have meant the results haven’t matched the potential shown on both road courses and ovals.
This being the first year in which MSR has tackled all the IndyCar races, the natural expectation is that the next step is to expand the operation to two cars. Shank says it will happen but that he’s being very guarded against growing too much, too soon.
“We are thinking about a small expansion, only if it’s the right timing,” he said. “We’re a team that eventually will be a two-car team.
“I don’t know when that will be, but I can guarantee you this – it won’t be until we’re…