Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 practices review and quotes

Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 practices review and quotes

20.05.2021: Day 2: Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 Practice Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) closed out another successful day of on track action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.

Day 2: Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 Practice


 
Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) closed out another successful day of on track action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 30.

 


After an engine change on Tuesday shortened the day for Harvey, he was back in full capacity on Wednesday for the six hours of open track at IMS. Harvey produced quick outright pace and concluded the day P5 in the overall no tow speed times.
 


Jack Harvey No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda
Top Speed: 224.236 mph (P19)
No Tow Speed: 220.657 mph (P5)
Total Laps: 114
 


Castroneves took his No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda out on track for the initial two hours of the day and was one the drivers to clock in the most laps. After getting some pack running in during the final two hours, Castroneves ended the day P13 on the overall top speed charts.
 


Helio Castroneves No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda
Top Speed: 224.875 mph (P13)
No Tow Speed: 218.174 mph (P24)
Total Laps: 110
 



Driver Quotes:


Jack Harvey:
"I thought that we had a productive day, we started the afternoon pretty good and our race car seems not too bad. I thought the first part of the day was a little better than the second half of the afternoon.


I think we learned what we are not going to do again, which is equally as important to figure out. It was a pretty solid day but we just want to keep aiming to do better."



Helio Castroneves:
"The No. 06 car was very strong. We tried everything today and it was only the second day, but it was the first time we were really running in a pack, which was great - so now I'm really understanding what the car needs to do.


I got to run with my teammate today as well and see where he was strong so we were able to get more information for the team as a whole. So far we are moving in the right direction and it was a very positive day."





Day 1: Meyer Shank Racing Indianapolis 500 Practice





Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) completed its first official day of Indianapolis 500 practice on Tuesday. MSR - which will be entering its fifth consecutive Indianapolis 500 - comes into the week of preparation for the first time with its two-car assault .



MSR veteran, Jack Harvey will continue his Indianapolis 500 hunt in the No. 60 AutoNation/ SiriusXM Honda. While new to MSR but certainly not new to the Indy 500, Helio Castroneves will make his MSR debut in the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda as he looks to claim his fourth victory in the 105th Running of the iconic race.



With practice opening at 10:00am on Tuesday, Harvey wasn’t able to take to the track right away after unfortunately got off to a slow start when the team diagnosed as issue with the engine following the install lap. But quickly getting to work, the team replaced the No. 60 Honda engine in just three-hours time, and Harvey was sent back out into afternoon practice. Harvey closed out the day 30th and posted his fastest speed of 222.113 mph.



Castroneves was fast right off the bat with the team right on target during the morning’s two hour ‘oval veterans’ session. Although onboard a new car and sporting a new color suit, Castroneves showed no rust as he clocked in 63 total laps and finished out the day 22 with a fast lap speed of 223.059 mph.



INDYCAR practice will continue through the week with open practice set for 12:00pm - 6:00pm. Live streaming will be available on Peacock TV or on SiriusXM Ch. 205.




Driver Quotes:


Jack Harvey: "
I think we made good progress throughout the day. It's always hard  on a day like today to see how everyone shakes out. I don't think the time sheet necessarily reflected how we were at the end of the day. I was just happy that the car got back out on track and that we made progress on the race car."



Helio Castroneves
: "This is the first official day with Meyer Shank Racing and I thought it went really well. We collected a lot of data today and that was the goal. We were able to get through our program, and found some areas that we can improve on to get us through the rest of the week.



As of right now the speed may not be up there, but we are focusing on a lot of things and hopefully that will translate at the end of the week. The AutoNation / SiriusXM car, it was good and it's always great to be back at the Indianapolis 500."


 


Maddie Komar- photos MSR

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