Team owner Mike Shank, who made one IndyCar start in 1997, said he has long dreamed of entering a car in the 500-mile race.
“It has been nearly 25 years since my wife Marybeth and I started this race team, so to have this opportunity finally come together — it is huge for us,” said Shank in a news release. “We have been working to find a way to race in the Indianapolis 500 for years, and I’m grateful that our relationships have developed to put us in this position. … We are very excited to be working with the defending champions, and Jack (Harvey) is a very promising talent so we are thrilled to have this opportunity.”
Shank has enjoyed great success in endurance sports car racing, having championed the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona and leading the race in the team’s first-ever Le Mans 24 Hour start in 2016. Shank’s team also be one of the rare few to have entered the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Le Mans 24 Hour, and the 500.
“As everyone has read, the month of May is going to be big for us. We’re really excited to be partnering with not only McLaren and Honda for Fernando Alonso, but also with Michael Shank Racing in a joint entry on the No. 50 for Jack Harvey,” said Michael Andretti in the release. “Michael [Shank] and the partnership with his organization was instrumental in allowing us to run six cars in the 101st Indy 500. The six drivers and engineering teams will work closely together as we defend our win from 2016.”