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New Drivers, A New Base And Fresh Investment Show Meyer Shank Mean Business

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season got underway in Florida last weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding, while many teams in the series stayed the same in terms of their driver pairings, Meyer Shank Racing did not.

The team, led by Mike Shank and Jim Meyer decided to expand their operation to two full-time entries and brought in series veterans Helio Castroneves, who won the Indianapolis 500 for the team in 2021 and Simon Pagenaud who won the Indy 500 in 2019 with Team Penske.

The team received a boost over the off-season following the opening of their new race shop in Ohio and fresh investment from Liberty Media.

The team had a great pre-season test in Sebring last month as both Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves led the way.

Speaking to Paddock Eye this week following the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding, Simon Pagenaud said that he is looking forward to his future racing with MSR.

Pagenaud credits former MSR IndyCar driver, Jack Harvey with assisting the team in terms of putting them where they are now competing with Penske and Ganassi.

The team heads to Texas Motor Speedway in two weeks for the XPEL 375 aiming for a strong performance however, Pagenaud told Paddock Eye this week that road course pace doesn’t necessarily translate to ovals.

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A Tough Day For Meyer Shank In St Pete

Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves had a tricky opening IndyCar Series race of the season here in St Pete at the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding.

Castroneves who finished 14th commented saying:

“I have to give big props to Meyer Shank Racing and especially Adam (Rovazzini – MSR Competition Director). The goal was to put some points on the board and that’s exactly what we did. Obviously 14th is not where we wanted to be, however some days that’s what you get as a result. We are going to take what we learned here and use it for Long Beach – but first we have Texas and that’s where we need to collect a lot of points.”

Simon Pagenaud commented saying:

“Overall I think we had a lot of performance this weekend, a lot of pace over one lap. Personally, I’m disappointed with my start and dropped back a few spots. And then we opted for three stops and defended to (Josef) Newgarden and the two stop strategy actually worked better. I think it was great to get my first race in the books. There’s a lot to learn from it and a lot of potential which I’m excited about.”

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So Far It Has Been A Great Weekend With Meyer Shank

Simon Pagenaud says that it has been a great weekend so far with Meyer Shank Racing as he prepares to make his debut with the team in Sunday’s 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding.

The Frenchman will start the race from sixth on the grid following a time of 01:00.2041s and speaking following the session he said:

“So far it has been a great weekend with the Meyer Shank Racing Honda. “Working with the team has been a lot of fun. We’ve made progress every session. This qualifying, we were missing a little bit of front grip to nail that perfect lap. But overall super excited to be in the fast six in our first race. I’m excited and there is more to come. We have a really good race car and that makes me happy for tomorrow.”

Helio Castroneves will start the race from ninth place on the grid and speaking following the action the defending Indianapolis 500 winner said:

It is great to be back in St. Petersburg and see a full house with everyone here. “It’s a great event. Today the AutoNation / SiriusXM / Arctic Wolf Honda was pretty good, but I didn’t take full advantage particularly on reds. But it was a great effort from everyone on Meyer Shank Racing and now we’ll just focus ahead to see what we can do in the race.

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Meyer Shank Racing Aim To Hit The Ground Running In St Pete

Meyer Shank Racing head into the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season which gets underway with the Firestone Grand Prix presented by RP Funding on the streets of St Petersburg looking to convert their testing momentum into a solid result that they can build.

The team has gone through some big changes over the off-season with the addition of a second car and two new drivers with IndyCar Series veterans Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves competing full-time for the team.

Castroneves who returns to full-time IndyCar Series competition this season is entering his 13th Grand Prix of St Petersburg while Pagenaud makes his 11th St Pete start and returns to Honda power this season for the first time since 2014.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s race, team owner Mike Shank says:

I think everyone at MSR is eager to get this year started. Having Simon and Helio on board this year really puts us at that level of competition that we have been building over the last few years. We’ve proved that we can be competitive and now we just need to continue that momentum into 2022.

Helio Castroneves driver of the No.06 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda is looking forward to this weekend’s race saying:

“I’m looking forward to St. Pete for several reasons. I’m going back to a race where I had a great time and it’s a place that I’ve had success at. This year is going to be a big year for not only myself but for Meyer Shank Racing. We’ve proved that we work well together in the few races we did last year, but now we come back for the full-season and it’s time to really focus on getting results every weekend.”

Simon Pagenaud driver of the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda is looking forward to working with his new team at MSR.

“First off, I am looking forward to working with my new team. I think there has been a lot of hype on our side of things to know where we stack up. But most importantly, it’s about extracting the best out of whatever situations we are in and then see where we end up. I’m just looking forward to starting my new adventure with MSR, Mike Shank and Jim Meyer and I want to represent them the best way that I can.”

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Shank Will Be A Force To Be Reckoned With This Year

Meyer Shank Racing has undergone a transformation over the NTT IndyCar Series off-season.

The outfit, led by Mike Shank and Jim Meyer have added a second car full-time for this season and have brought in an all-new lineup.

MSR haven’t just employed any two drivers, they have arguably two of the most experienced drivers in the series.

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves returns to full-time IndyCar competition with MSR and will be hoping to defend his Indy 500 in May.

Castroneves is joined at the team by his former Penske team-mate Simon Pagenaud, together, they form a formidable partnership.

MSR has moved into a new race shop and have fresh investment from their partners at Liberty Media meaning that they will be fighting at the front of the field from the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg later this month.

The team, who also compete in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship got their season off to a winning start.

MSR took overall victory with Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud in last weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours.

The team will be hoping that this success and momentum translates over to the IndyCar team and there is no reason why it shouldn’t.

Meyer Shank Racing is no longer the little team fighting the big guys, they are now a big team in their own right.

The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway from February 25-27 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

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Meyer Shank Begin Testing

Meyer Shank Racing will get their 2022 pre-season underway on Monday with new drivers, Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud testing at Sebring International Raceway.

Meyer Shank Racing are not the only team testing on Monday as Christian Lundgaard will also be in action for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

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Pagenaud To Compete In The Rolex 24 Hours

Meyer Shank Racing NTT IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud will compete in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona for MSR’s endurance race.

Speaking following the announcement, Pagenaud said:

“I love starting the year with one of the biggest challenges of the year in the 24 Hour At Daytona. “It’s a race I came close to winning many times, just like the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the past. I am looking forward to racing with my new team MSR in endurance racing which is my roots and I have a very deep love for this series while reuniting with the Acura once again and my friends at HPD. With Oliver, Tom and Helio we will be a strong lineup and hopefully we can give AutoNation and SiriusXM a victory to start off the year.”

The 60th running of the Rolex 24 Hours takes place on January 29. Speaking about the news, team owner Mike Shank said:

We’re really excited to have Simon join the team for the Rolex 24. “The first step was having him be a part of our full-season lineup in INDYCAR and it just made sense to put him in the Acura for Daytona. He knows the car well and has worked with Helio previously, so he’s been a big asset to the team so far. With the lineup that we have I think that we have a chance to fight for a win in just a few weeks.”

The Rolex 24 Hours takes place approximately four weeks ahead of the start of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.