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Pagenaud Takes Harvey’s Vacant Seat at Meyer Shank Racing

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Simon Pagenaud will begin his next chapter in the NTT IndyCar Series by joining Meyer Shank Racing next season. The team announced Monday morning he’ll be taking Jack Harvey’s seat of the No. 60 Honda, becoming teammates with Helio Castroneves once again.

Sunday’s finale at Long Beach marked the final race for Pagenaud at Team Penske after seven seasons of tremendous accomplishments. From 2015-2021, the 37-year-old Frenchman captured 11 victories and two of the sport’s biggest prizes.

Those being his lone title to date in 2016 and pulling off the sweep during “The Month of May” in 2019, capped off with his Indianapolis 500 triumph.

Now heading into his 11th straight full season, Pagenaud is ready for his next challenge.

“This is such an exciting time in my career,” said Pagenaud. “MSR has proven it is a high-quality organization when they won the Indianapolis 500 and pairing Helio and me together will help our team in 2022 and beyond. I’m really looking forward to this new challenge.”

With two Indy 500 champions in the team, co-owner Mike Shank had every reason to feel next season should be MSR’s best campaign yet.

“We have built this program every year, growing with our partners and working to have all the ingredients we need to be competitive,” said Shank. “Our Indianapolis 500 win was a big breakthrough, and we are looking forward to having a consistently competitive program that will have the chance to fight for wins and podiums no matter where we go and I think this lineup will help us do that.”

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media and a three-time National Motorsports Press Association award winner in photography. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. Over the years, Luis has focused on writing, video and photography with ambitions of having his work recognized.