MICHAEL SHANK RACING WITH ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT UNVEIL JOINT INDIANAPOLIS 500 ENTRY
Joint Operations Paves the Way to the Brickyard for Michael Shank Racing
INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2017) – It was announced in April that Michael Shank Racing would join forces with Andretti Autosport to field the No. 50 car of rookie driver Jack Harvey for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. The two successful racing teams combine their on-track experience and knowledge to set the stage for Mike Shank’s future ambitions as a full-time owner in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Boasting six wins and 35 podiums as an IMSA sports car team, Michael Shank Racing has also competed in Formula Atlantic, GRAND-AM and the World Endurance Challenge. Ten members of Shank’s 22-person crew have worked at the Pataskala, Ohio, based team for over 10 years, proving to be versatile and dependable in their endeavors.
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, CEO, ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT:
MIKE SHANK, PRESIDENT, MICHAEL SHANK RACING:
“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. We’re going to approach the race just like every other race we’ve done. The Indy 500 is a relatively short race for us to be honest – it’s a four-hour race. We do those almost every time we go on the race track in the sports car world. I’m not worried about that side of it. It’s the intensity and the pace that we have to figure out. These days the Rolex 24 race has turned into 24 one-hour sprints so we’re used to staying hard on it all the time.
“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.”
AutoNation, CAP & Associates, Gap Guard, Roberts Service Group and SiriusXM Join Michael Shank Racing Partners to be Featured on the No. 50 Piloted by Jack Harvey
INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2017 ) – Today the machine Jack Harvey will drive in his debut race was unveiled as Harvey, Mike Shank and Michael Andretti pulled the cover off the vibrant pink and yellow Honda. Partners revealed varied from longtime supporters of Michael Shank Racing to fresh backers of Jack Harvey.
Joining Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport in support of Harvey’s Indy 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. This May, AutoNation will celebrate the sale of its 11th million vehicle; the first and only automotive retailer to achieve this historic milestone.
Having first joined Michael Shank Racing as a partner in 2010, CAP & Associates will reflect their support onto the No. 50 car of Jack Harvey. Established in 1981, CAP & Associates designs and manufactures store fixtures and displays and proudly displays their brand on the wings and bargeboard of the No. 50 machine. CAP & Associates designed much of Michael Shank Racing’s race shop, along with their custom trophy case in the team’s Pataskala, Ohio, headquarters.
With eye-catching yellows, Gap Guard are continuing their Indianapolis 500 tradition, joining the MSR 500 campaign as a major partner. A necessity for all car owners, Gap Guard’s patented, all American ‘Carmuda Triangle’ gap protector fits between the front seats and center console of any car, preventing valuables from falling under and in between the seat.
Another Columbus-area company echoing their support of Michael Shank Racing to their IndyCar program is Roberts Service Group. With over three-decades of experience serving the Columbus, Ohio, area, Roberts Service Group has been a key element in Michael Shank Racing’s motorsport endeavors. Partners of Michael Shank Racing since 2013, Roberts Service Group provides a range of services that include general construction, design/build project services, emergency power management, lighting, fiber optic network systems, and facility management. With an eye on long term sustainability and emerging technologies, Roberts also manages a range of green initiatives including solar and photovoltaic systems design.
SiriusXM, a leader in audio entertainment, will adorn the sidepods of Harvey’s Honda. SiriusXM is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of IndyCar, and with approximately 31.6 million subscribers is the world’s largest radio company measured by revenue. Fans can listen to the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 live on SiriusXM (Sirius 214, XM 209 and on the SiriusXM app) Sunday, May 28, at 11 a.m. ET.
JACK HARVEY, INDY 500 DRIVER, No. 50 MICHAEL SHANK RACING W/ ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT HONDA:
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 (Shank), Michael (Andretti), all of our partners and everyone else who has come together to make this opportunity possible.”
MARK CANNON, CHIEF MARKING OFFICER, AUTONATION:
CHARLENE PROSNIK, CEO, CAP & ASSOCIATES:
JONATHAN KOTYK, GENERAL MANAGER, GAP GUARD:
JIM MEYER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SiriusXM:
About Andretti Autosport:
Based in Indianapolis and led by racing legend Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport boasts a wide racing portfolio rooted in tradition and designed for success. Together with Andretti Formula E and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Andretti Autosport fields multiple entries in the IndyCar Series and Indy Lights, along with entries in the FIA Formula E Championship and Global Rallycross. The company boasts four IndyCar Series championships (2004, 2005, 2007, 2012), two Indy Lights titles (2008, 2009), one Pro Mazda championship (2013) and one USF2000 championship (2010) and has captured victory four times at the famed Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (2005, 2007, 2014, 2016). Additionally, the team holds two X Games Gold Medals and two Global Rallycross championship (2015, 2016). To share in the Andretti story, please visit online at AndrettiAutosport.com and follow along on Twitter via @FollowAndretti.About Michael Shank Racing:
Michael Shank Racing is making its first-ever campaign in the Indianapolis 500, contesting the 101st running of the race with driver Jack Harvey. Winner of the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Michael Shank Racing first began as an Atlantics team and transitioned to the sports car ranks in 2004. Michael Shank Racing made its debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 – leading laps and finishing ninth. Additional team highlights include winning the 2016 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, setting a new Daytona International Speedway track record in 2013 when Colin Braun completed a 222.971 mph lap, as well as over 250 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts with six wins, five pole positions and 35 podiums.
About AutoNation, Inc.:
AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer, through its bold leadership, innovation and its comprehensive brand extensions, is transforming the automotive industry. As of March 31, 2017, AutoNation owned and operated 372 new vehicle franchises from coast to coast. AutoNation has sold over 10 million vehicles, the first automotive retailer to reach this milestone. AutoNation’s success is driven by a commitment to delivering a peerless experience through customer-focused sales and service processes. Through its Drive Pink initiative, AutoNation is committed to drive out cancer, create awareness and support critical research. AutoNation continues to be a proud supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other cancer-related charities.Please visit investors.autonation.com, www.autonation.com, www.autonationdrive.com, http://www.twitter.com/autonation, http://www.twitter.com/CEOMikeJackson, http://www.facebook.com/autonation, and http://www.facebook.com/CEOMikeJackson, where AutoNation discloses additional information about the Company, its business, and its results of operations.About CAP & Associates:
CAP & Associates, Inc. was established in 1981 by Charlene A. Prosnik, to design and manufacture store fixtures and displays. The company’s 210,000 sq. ft. production and fulfillment facilities provide the equipment and resources for CAP to easily produce anything from a single prototype or complete store package, to a large volume fixture rollout. 30 years of industry service combined with over 100 years of diverse executive experience, enables CAP to ensure that their customers realize unequaled performance and satisfaction on every project.
About Roberts Service Group:
About Sirius XM:
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