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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Fast FactsRace weekend: Friday – Sunday.Track: Streets of St. Petersburg, 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit (clockwise) through downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, including a runway of Albert Whitted Airport.

Media Links: Entry List (PDF) | Trackside Media Guide (Interactive PDF)

Race distance: 100 laps / 180 miles.

Push-to-pass parameters: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum single duration of 15 seconds. The push-to-pass is not available on the initial start or any restart unless it occurs in the final two laps or three minutes of a timed race. The feature increases the power of the engine by approximately 60 horsepower for 2020.

Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate.

Twitter: @GPSTPETE, @INDYCAR, #FirestoneGP, #INDYCAR, #ADifferentBreed

Event website: www.gpstpete.com.

INDYCAR website: www.indycar.com.

2019 race winner: Josef Newgarden, 2:04:18.2588, 95.572 mph (110 laps/198 miles)

2019 NTT P1 Award winner: Will Power, 1:00.4594, 107.179 mph.

Qualifying lap record: Jordan King, 1:00.0476; 107.914 mph, March 10, 2018 (set in Round 1 of qualifying).

NBCSN race telecasts: Qualifying, 10 p.m. ET Saturday (tape delayed); Race, 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday (live). Pre-race show begins at 2:30 p.m.

Pennzoil INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query and Nick Yeoman are the turn announcers with Dave Furst, Rob Howden and Michael Young reporting from the pits. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg race airs live on network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practices and qualifying are available on indycar.comindycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app, with qualifying also airing on Sirius 216 and XM 205.

NBC Sports Gold Live Streaming: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live-streaming product.

At-track schedule (All Times Local/Eastern Time): 

Friday

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice #1, NBC Sports Gold

3 – 3:45 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice #2, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Practice #3, NBC Sports Gold

2:40 p.m. – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Qualifying (Three rounds of knockout qualifications), NBC Sports Gold (live) and NBCSN (taped delayed until 10 p.m.

Sunday

10:25 – 10:55 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES Warm-Up, NBC Sports Gold

2:30 p.m. –  NBCSN pre-race show begins

3:23 p.m. –  Command

3:30 p.m. – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg green flag (100 laps/180 miles), NBCSN (live)

Race Notes:

  • This will mark the 10th consecutive year that the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg has served as INDYCAR’s season-opening race. Dario Franchitti won the inaugural season opener at St. Pete in 2011. This will be the 17th race overall, dating to Paul Tracy winning the CART-sanctioned race in 2003.
  • The St. Petersburg INDYCAR race has been run every year since 2003 except for 2004. No driver has competed in every St. Petersburg race, but Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan have started 15 consecutive races. Only Dixon is entered this year. Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay competed in the first race in 2003.
  • Kanaan’s all-time record streak of 317 consecutive race starts will end this weekend. The streak began in June 2001 at Portland. Dixon has made 258 consecutive starts heading into the weekend, which is the second-longest streak and now will become tops among active streaks.. Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti has made 234 consecutive starts, which is the third-longest streak all time and now will move to second among active streaks..
  • Dixon seeks his first win on the streets of St. Petersburg. Dixon’s five NTT INDYCAR SERIES championships trail only the seven titles collected by A.J. Foyt. Dixon is third on the all-time Indy car victory list with 46, but has never won at St. Petersburg. He has four runner-up finishes at the circuit, including last season.
  • Will Power (2010,’14) and Bourdais (2017, ’18) are the only entered drivers to win at St. Petersburg more than once. Helio Castroneves won three times (2006, ’07, ’12), while Juan Pablo Montoya won in 2015 and ’16. Past winners Graham Rahal (2008) and Newgarden (2019) are also entered.
  • Team Penske has won the pole position nine of the past 13 St. Petersburg races, including eight of the last 10 poles by Power. Past pole winners Bourdais (2003), Rahal (2009) and Takuma Sato (2014) are also entered this weekend.
  • Two drivers have won the race from the pole – Castroneves (2007) and Power (2010). The St. Petersburg winner has qualified fourth in four of the last seven seasons.
  • Team Penske has won at St. Petersburg nine times, including five of the last eight races with Castroneves (2012), Power (2014), Montoya (2015-16) and Newgarden (2019).
  • Five rookies are entered and three – Oliver Askew, Felipe Nasr, Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay — will make their first NTT INDYCAR SERIES start this weekend at St. Petersburg. The other Rookie of the Year candidate entered is Ben Hanley.
  • Since 2012, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES has averaged nine different race winners per season, including a record-tying 11 winners in 2014. There were seven different winners in the 17 races of 2019.

Global Leader in Filtration Products Set with Driver Sage Karam in No. 24 WIX Filters DRR Chevy

GASTONIA, N.C. (March 10, 2020) – WIX® Filters announced today it has expanded its involvement with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing as the chief technical partner in 2020, including sporting its black and WIX yellow colors in two NTT INDYCAR SERIES events with young driver Sage Karam at the controls of the No. 24 WIX Filters DRR Chevrolet entry.

With more than 80 years of production, the global manufacturer of filtration products will enter its eighth campaign in a multi-level partnership with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, including serving as the Official Technical Partner and Oil Filter of the team.

In 2020, WIX Filters and the DRR team will participate in the 104th Indianapolis 500, set for May 24 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Karam driving as well as at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 13-15, as the primary partner on the No. 24 DRR Chevy. In addition, WIX Filters has been a partner in the championship-winning DRR’s Rallycross squad in recent years.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the WIX Filters expansion with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing after many years of a successful association at the world’s biggest motorsports event, the prestigious Indianapolis 500, and other racing outlets,” said Jeff Blocher, Director of Sales and Marketing for MANN+HUMMEL. “Our relationship with Dennis Reinbold’s team and Sage as a driver has been outstanding, and we wanted to expand our successful technical involvement with additional NTT INDYCAR SERIES races in 2020. The DRR team is very experienced and works very well with our WIX Filters engineers to give our company great feedback on and off the track. Sage is one of the top young open-wheel stars in North America and we look forward to seeing Sage battle at the front of the IndyCar Series field in the No. 24 WIX Filters race car.”

Motorsports organizations have trusted the performance and quality of WIX Filters for over 50 years, and in return, the various racetracks provide superb testing grounds for the WIX engineers.

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, which has entered and qualified 40 cars in the Indy 500 dating back to 1999, has given Karam impressive machines to battle in the famed Indy 500 including winning the “Hard Charger” Award as a rookie in 2014. Last year, DRR fielded two drivers in the 103rd Indy 500 with Karam in the No. 24 WIX Filters car and veteran J.R. Hildebrand in the No. 66 Salesforce car.

“We cannot thank WIX Filters enough for our outstanding association entering its eighth year with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team and now expanding our team’s participation in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES this year,” said DRR team owner Reinbold. “WIX Filters has made valuable contributions to the racing industry for decades as well as being a leader in its category for over 80 years. We are working very hard to put WIX Filters in victory lane with Sage and produce a contender for the winner’s podium.”

Reinbold has also indicated that his organization is working on plans to compete in additional NTT INDYCAR SERIES races yet to be announced, as the Carmel, Ind.-based team seeks additional partnership for selected events.

The sensational racing legacy of the Dreyer & Reinbold families dates back to 1927 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with legendary car builder Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, who built cars for the entire front row in 1931. Reinbold, Dreyer’s grandson, has qualified every car he has entered as car owner in the Indy 500 and has recorded four top-10 finishes including a best of fourth in 2012.

Karam, the 25-year-old racer from Nazareth, Pa., was an Indy Lights series and F2000 series champion before his “rookie” performance at the Indy 500 in 2014 for DRR. Since 2014, Karam has qualified for every Indy 500 including five events for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. In addition, Karam drove the WIX Filters ARX Rallycross Lights car to a feature victory last year at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

 “Needless to say, I’m so happy to have WIX Filters back on my No. 24 car for 2020 and to expand our NTT INDYCAR SERIES race schedule with the St. Petersburg and another race,” said Karam, who recently tested the WIX Filters DRR Chevrolet on the road course at Sebring, Fla. “It’s exciting to continue the DRR relationship with WIX for the Indy 500 as we look to win that prestigious race. WIX Filters is well known around the world and in numerous forms of motorsports. I have enjoyed working with the staff on and off the track including promoting a strong digital presence. Aligning with an industry leader like WIX is an honor, and our WIX Filters IndyCar livery will be another crowd-pleaser this year too. I’m ready to go.”

              Karam will make his 2020 debut in the No. 24 WIX Filters DRR IndyCar in the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday, March 13 with the season-opening feature set for March 15 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Qualifying rounds for the 104th running of the Indy 500 are scheduled for Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. The start for this year’s Indianapolis 500-Mile Race is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 24.

INDIANAPOLIS (March 10, 2020) – INDYCAR and PPG announced that PPG’s ballistic, canopy-like windscreen, a key component of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ Aeroscreen, will make its official motorsports debut this week.

Developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies and tested multiple times since its first on-track assessment in October 2019, the Aeroscreen will appear on all cars competing in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the city streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on Sunday. The Aeroscreen is INDYCAR’s latest safety innovation to reduce the risk of driver injury from flying debris or other objects striking the cockpit area.

“I don’t think any stone has been left unturned, but we will continue to fine tune it,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president. “The Aeroscreen is an industry-changing, total driver safety solution.”

The Aeroscreen consists of the PPG polycarbonate-laminated ballistic windscreen that is attached to a titanium frame produced by Pankl. The entire Aeroscreen assembly can be fitted on or removed from an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car in less than 15 minutes.

The PPG windscreen will include an interior anti-reflective coating, an anti-fogging device using an integral heating element and up to eight exterior tear-offs that can be removed during pit stops if the screen gets dirty. Weighing 17.3 pounds (7.8 kilograms), the windscreen can withstand a two-pound object striking it at more than 220 miles per hour.

Pankl’s titanium frame weighs 27.8 pounds (12.6 kilograms) and can withstand 34,000 pounds (15,422 kilograms) of force, which is equivalent to 17 tons.

“As an innovative industry leader in aerospace transparencies, PPG is proud to play an important role in ensuring cockpit protection for drivers throughout the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season,” said Brent Wright, PPG global director, aerospace transparences.

ABOUT INDYCAR …

INDYCAR is the Indianapolis-based governing body for North America’s premier open-wheel auto racing series known as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The series features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including five-time series champion Scott Dixon, reigning series champion Josef Newgarden and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The season, which runs from March to September, currently consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and held annually in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, visit www.indycar.com.

PPG: WE PROTECT AND BEAUTIFY THE WORLD™ …

At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and specialty materials that our customers have trusted for 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $15.1 billion in 2019. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com . We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

Rinus VeeKay to Make NTT INDYCAR SERIES Debut; Firestone Grand Prix Marks First Race Weekend for Conor Daly and the U.S. Air Force With ECR
(INDIANAPOLIS) March 10, 2020 – Preview Notes
  • After six months of preparation, Ed Carpenter Racing is ready for the beginning of a new NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Featuring a new driver lineup for 2020, the Indianapolis-based race team is excited for the arrival of the first race weekend of the year. ECR’s full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet, 19-year-old Rinus VeeKay, will make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend. The team has also welcomed Conor Daly and the U.S. Air Force Chevrolet to the No. 20 Chevrolet for the 12 road and street course events, beginning with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Conor Daly
CONOR DALY, No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet: “I have always loved St. Pete, it is such a great event to kick off the season! I was able to win in Indy Pro 2000 back in 2010, which was my first time racing on the INDYCAR stage. I led laps there in 2016 as an NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie as well, so this race has always meant a lot to me. I am more than ready to get down to work with Ed Carpenter Racing! The U.S. Air Force machine looks absolutely incredible and it is fantastic to get to debut it in the first race of the year. I’m just very excited to get the 2020 season going!”
  • Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 entry is split between team owner Ed Carpenter on the ovals and second driver for the road and street course events. This season, the No. 20 will feature an all-Hoosier lineup as both Carpenter and Daly are from Indiana. Carpenter, an Indianapolis native, will be driving in his 18th year of Indy car competition. The 39-year-old’s season will open with the Indianapolis 500, the first oval race on the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season calendar. Daly, from Noblesville, joins ECR with 50 races of experience spanning six years. In addition to competing in the 12 road and street course events, 28-year-old Daly will also be entered in the Indianapolis 500 as ECR expands to a three-car lineup. As Carpenter will race the No. 20 in the “500,” Daly’s entry for Memorial Day weekend will feature a new number and a special edition livery.
  • The U.S. Air Force will continue a partnership with Daly that originated three years ago. Beginning with the Indianapolis 500 in 2018, the program expanded to include the 2019 “500” and the season finale. Daly will now race a U.S. Air Force Chevrolet in 13 of 17 NTT IndyCar Series races in 2020. Historical U.S. Air Force components were woven together to create the No. 20’s striking livery for the road and street course events. Returning is the recognizable Tiger Shark teeth war paint, often carried into battle by the A-10 Thunderbolt and the P-40 Warhawk. Each location where the bodywork of Daly’s car comes together is marked with rivet detailing, a tribute to the P-51 Mustang. A lightning bolt featured on the rear wing end fence is a nod to the Air Force Academy. The red and white striping is reminiscent of the tail flashes seen on aircrafts of the United States Army Air Corps, the aerial warfare service component of the United States Army prior to the creation of what is today’s U.S. Air Force. 
  • Daly climbed into a kart for the first time at the age of 10. Within five years he was competing in both United States and international open-wheel ladder systems. After finding success in each, he made the decision to concentrate solely on American motorsports in 2015. Full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES seasons followed in 2016 and 2017 and he supplemented his 2018 and 2019 Indianapolis 500 appearances by becoming one of the most trusted reserve drivers in the paddock. In the past two seasons, five different teams called upon Daly for 11 different race weekends. He also used 2019 to continuously sharpen his skills by racing in additional disciplines. Daly became a three-time race winner in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, earned a third-place finish in the Super Trofeo World Finals in Spain and added more dirt track experience. In January of 2020, he competed in his second Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.
Rinus Veekay
RINUS VEEKAY, No. 21 SONAX/Autogeek Chevrolet: “I’m super excited for St. Pete! I have trouble going to sleep at night because I know it’s race week! I am counting down the seconds. I’m finally going to be an NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver! I feel the preparation the team has given me is some of the best among all drivers, especially the rookies, heading into the season. I have had many tests, learned a lot already and now I’m ready to race at the front of the field!”
  • Years of preparation will culminate this weekend as VeeKay competes in his very first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race. Born in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Rinus van Kalmthout began karting in 2009 at the age of 8. With sights set firmly on the pinnacle of North American open wheel racing, he transitioned to the Road to Indy in 2017 and launched his U.S. career driving as Rinus VeeKay. The young Dutch driver got his first taste of an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car last August when Carpenter selected him for an evaluation test at Portland International Raceway. A second successful test followed at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October, confirming VeeKay’s compatibility with the team. In late November, VeeKay was named as the ECR’s full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet for the 2020 season.
  • ECR’s No. 21 Chevrolet has always featured an Indy Lights graduate, a trend that will continue with VeeKay. He found immediate success in the Road to Indy, following up a second-place finish in the 2017 USF2000 standings with the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 title. His championship season included seven wins, 10 podium finishes and the Road to Indy career advancement scholarship. For the 2019 Indy Lights season, VeeKay claimed six race wins and finished on the podium 14 of 18 times en route to a runner-up finish in the standings. In all, the Dutch teenager earned 16 Road to Indy victories and 36 podium finishes in just 48 races.
  • VeeKay’s No. 21 sports a new look for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, carrying the colors of both Autogeek.com and SONAX USA. This year will be the third in a row that Florida-based Autogeek.com has been featured on the No. 21 in the season-opening race. Over the last 15 years, the car care superstore has risen to become one of the most reputable and trusted sources for automotive detailing products and accessories. As one of the United States’ largest distributors of European-made car care products, Autogeek.com was chosen by SONAX USA to be one of a few select U.S. retailers. Made in Germany, SONAX is a market leader in car care products, offering a highly competitive and extensive range of products for the cleaning and care of vehicles.
Ed Carpenter Racing Livery
ED CARPENTER RACING
  • Though Daly and VeeKay are both in their first season with ECR, leadership across Ed Carpenter Racing remains consistent. The team is led by Carpenter, the only individual in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES that handles both the responsibility of driving a race car and owning his own team. Day-to-day operations are under the direction of General Manager Tim Broyles and chief mechanic Bret Schmitt. The No. 21 is led by ECR chief engineer Matt Barnes as VeeKay’s lead engineer and Jeff Frederick as crew chief. Peter Craik will be the lead engineer on the No. 20 while Nick Cooper serves as crew chief, both in their second year in those positions. Strategists continue to be Brent “Woody” Harvey for VeeKay and Broyles for the No. 20 car, a position he has held since ECR’s first race in 2012. Nearly a dozen of the team’s 40 employees are original hires, including Broyles, Schmitt, Barnes and Harvey.
  • VeeKay climbed into his No. 21 for the first time in early January as ECR embarked on an extensive testing plan to get the rookie up to speed. In the past two months, he has been on track at Sebring International Raceway, Circuit of the Americas and Texas Motor Speedway. Daly joined VeeKay at Circuit of the Americas for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES spring training and in a second test day at Sebring. Additionally, both have spent multiple days doing simulator work in preparation for the 2020 season. 
FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
  • Not only are Daly and VeeKay familiar with the 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit, both have won races in the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. VeeKay competed in six Road to Indy races on the downtown street circuit, scoring five podiums and three wins. Daly won from the pole in the 2010 Indy Pro 2000 event, his very first Road to Indy start. He has competed in two previous Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg events, leading the race as a rookie in 2016.
  • Practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will take place on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, followed by qualifications on Saturday afternoon. Live streaming of all practice and qualifying sessions will be available through INDYCAR Pass via NBC Sports Gold. The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series will officially begin at 3:23 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 15 at the drop of the green flag for the 100-lap race. Live coverage will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
About Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) first entered the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2012. The Indianapolis-based race team has proven its versatility by collecting seven wins across each type of track the series competes on – street and road courses, short ovals and speedways. ECR is led by IndyCar’s only team owner-operator and driver, Ed Carpenter, three-time pole winner for the Indianapolis 500 (2013, 2014 and 2018). The 2020 season will see Indiana natives Carpenter and Conor Daly in the No. 20 Chevrolet as Carpenter will drive the ovals and Daly will take over for the road and street course events. Both will be entered in the Indianapolis 500 alongside Dutch teenager Rinus VeeKay, who will compete for the Rookie of the Year title as he races the No. 21 Chevrolet for the full season. More information on Ed Carpenter Racing may be found at http://www.edcarpenterracing.com/.

INDIANAPOLIS (March 10, 2020) – This is the 10th of a 12-part series of comprehensive team previews as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES prepares for the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg set for March 13-15 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.

The preview series features each of the full-time teams as well as teams running a partial schedule that includes the season-opening race. Today’s featured organization: Meyer Shank Racing.

The season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network on Sunday, March 15. The pre-race show begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with the green flag scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Starting Lineup … 

Jack Harvey (No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda).

2019 Recap …

The team increased its season schedule to 10 races last season after competing in a partial, six-race season in 2018. The highlight of 2019 was Harvey’s and Meyer Shank Racing’s first-ever NTT INDYCAR SERIES podium at the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after starting third. Harvey’s second-best qualifying effort in 2019 was at Portland International Raceway, starting fourth; he also finished 10th in three other races.

What’s New for 2020 …

Meyer Shank Racing will embark on its first full season of NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition in 2020 and a technical partnership with Andretti Technologies. The Ohio-based team will be competing full time in both the NTT INDYCAR SERIES as well as returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to defends its 2019 championship title. The growth of MSR also means that both the INDYCAR and sports car programs will have their own personnel; only team owner Michael Shank and team manager Jason Givens will cross over between both race series.

Keep An Eye On This …

One thing will be how quickly MSR adapts to several new changes, including working alongside the Andretti Technologies program. Racing full time will allow for the team to get up to speed quicker with more track time than the team was used to in the past. It also will be the first time that MSR and Harvey compete at several of the oval circuits on the schedule.

Season Outlook …

Harvey has every reason to be excited about his first full season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The team has stuck to its growth plan and improved results have come. Interestingly, Harvey has competed in 19 series races but has yet to drive at four of the oval tracks on the 2020 schedule (Texas Motor Speedway, Richmond Raceway, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway).

“A Different Breed” Notable …

Harvey is one of only seven drivers to have won on the oval and the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, accomplishing that in Indy Lights in 2015. Harvey took home six wins in his two years racing in Indy Lights, finishing runner up in the championship in both 2014 and 2015.

Owner’s Take …

“We’re all eager to get the season off to a strong start and welcome back our two primary sponsors, AutoNation and SiriusXM. We had a promising test at COTA last month and we are headed in the right direction. We’ve got a multi-year program in place and have expanded to a full season, so our expectations continue to rise. We will have some new tracks to learn this year, but I think that Jack has every capability to produce some really strong results this season as we showed last year with a podium at Indy. My guys have put in a lot of work in the offseason to get this car prepared and now we just need to put it on track and show them what we came here to do.” – Michael Shank

ABOUT INDYCAR …

INDYCAR is the Indianapolis-based governing body for North America’s premier open-wheel auto racing series known as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The series features an international field of the world’s most versatile drivers – including five-time series champion Scott Dixon, reigning series champion Josef Newgarden and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud – who compete on superspeedways, short ovals, street circuits and permanent road courses. The season, which runs from March to September, currently consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada and is highlighted by the historic Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge held annually in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions are owned by Penske Corporation, a global transportation, automotive and motorsports leader. For more information on INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, please visit www.indycar.com.

Coming Wednesday: Team Penske.