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IndyCar 2023 season assessment: Meyer Shank Racing

#06 – Helio Castroneves, 18th in the championship standings (217 points) – 17 races 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 top fives, 1 top 10s, 0 poles, 0 Fast Six Appearances Best Finish: 10th (Texas) Best Start: 8th (Iowa – Race 2) #60 – Simon Pagenaud, 28th in the championship standings (88 points) – 8 races

IndyCar 2023 season assessment: Meyer Shank Racing

#06 – Helio Castroneves, 18th within the championship standings (217 factors) – 17 races

  • 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 high fives, 1 high 10s, 0 poles, 0 Quick Six Appearances
  • Finest End: tenth (Texas)
  • Finest Begin: eighth (Iowa – Race 2)

#60 – Simon Pagenaud, twenty eighth within the championship standings (88 factors) – 8 races

  • 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 high fives, 0 high 10s, 0 poles, 0 Quick Six Appearances
  • Finest End: thirteenth (Detroit)
  • Finest Begin: eighth (Detroit)

#60 – Tom Blomqvist, thirty fourth in championship standings (16 factors) – 3 races

  • 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 high fives, 0 high 10s, 0 poles, 0 Quick Six Appearances
  • Finest End: twenty fourth (Portland)
  • Finest Begin: twentieth (Toronto)

#60 – Conor Daly, twenty fifth in championship standings (134 factors) – 11 races, 3 w/ MSR

  • 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 high fives, 0 high 10s, 0 poles, 0 Quick Six Appearances (* w/ MSR)
  • Finest End (w/ MSR): seventeenth (Iowa – Race 2)
  • Finest Begin (w/ MSR): fifteenth (Iowa – Race 2)

#60 – Linus Lundqvist, thirty first in championship standings (35 factors) – 3 races

  • 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 high fives, 0 high 10s, 0 poles, 0 Quick Six Appearances
  • Finest End: twelfth (IMS Highway Course – Race 2)
  • Finest Begin: eleventh (Nashville)

Joey Barnes: There are such a lot of components to Meyer Shank Racing’s 2023 marketing campaign which can be weird to me. I didn’t anticipate a number of the woeful performances in its second 12 months of being a two-car crew, particularly with the technical alliance with Andretti Autosport.

Clearly, Pagenaud’s terrifying crash at Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course drastically derailed the season in additional methods than one. That mentioned, outcomes confirmed a troublesome begin to the 12 months as Castroneves and Pagenaud mixed for one high 10 and two high 15 finishes via the opening six rounds.

The Frenchman had a runner-up and 6 extra high 10s in 2022 in comparison with none in 2023 previous to the Spherical 8 follow crash that stored him out for the rest of 2023. It’s arduous to fathom there was that a lot regression by Pagenaud and the crew, which is why I view it extra as one thing merely not meshing between the 2.

There have been flashes of promise when Lundqvist got here in to substitute drive Pagenaud’s experience. The 2022 Indy NXT champion set the quickest laps in two of his three appearances, which solely added to the talk on gauging MSR’s progress or if Lundqvist’s expertise was that rather more superior at this time limit over Castroneves and Pagenaud.

Given all the weather this crew endured in 2023, there’s some extent of me that views the report as incomplete. The mixture of a veteran driver alongside what ended up as a rotation of expertise within the second automobile was paying homage to previous years by Dale Coyne Racing.

If MSR goes to take that subsequent step and never reside in backmarker hell, and I anticipate them to be very a lot improved for causes my colleague shares beneath, it’ll come right down to the main points and being nearer to the mark once they unload each race weekend.

Tom Blomqvist, Meyer Shank Racing Honda

Photograph by: Richard Dole / Motorsport Images

Tom Blomqvist, Meyer Shank Racing Honda

Nick Degroot: The 2021 Indianapolis 500 winners confronted a really tough 12 months.

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Whereas Castroneves led the hassle, he was solely 18th within the last standings with a finest end of tenth.

Sadly, the second MSR entry was concerned in a serious accident at Mid-Ohio. Pagenaud’s rollover crash sidelined him for the rest of the 12 months, and the crew was pressured to make use of a number of drivers to fill within the gaps. Daly, Blomqvist, Lundqvist all shared the experience. It was a battle and a 12 months to overlook, however the crew appears dedicated to bettering issues for 2024.

MSR has made some adjustments to its driver lineup for subsequent 12 months, signing Blomqvist and Felix Rosenqvist to full-time roles. I consider this can be a good transfer, and Castroneves will proceed to compete in a 3rd automobile. A mixture of younger weapons and a veteran eye will solely assist them. The group has additionally paused its sports activities automobile efforts, focusing all of its vitality on bettering the IndyCar program.

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