MSR files Indy 500 entry for Jay Howard, Needs engine

Michael Shank Racing (MSR Indy) has filed an entry for the 96th Indianapolis 500 with Firestone Indy Lights champion Jay Howard. MSR Indy principal Michael Shank filed the entry last week and with the funding in place to compete in the race, the team awaits to receive an engine program.

“Filing the entry is just the first step for us," said Shank, who oversaw his team’s victory in the 2012 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“We have the sponsor package in place, and we believe Jay (Howard) is the kind of driver who could really shine in the 500. The challenge remains for us to acquire the right to utilize a engine to practice, qualify, and race in the Indianapolis 500. We look forward to making everything final, and will be making announcements regarding the program when appropriate."

The team took delivery of a Dallara DW12 chassis in January and has been working to develop the commercial support necessary to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

“Competing in my first Indy 500 last year was a dream come true," said Howard, who ran as high as seventh in the 2011 Indy 500 before a right-rear tire issue beset him during the race. “We’ve worked really hard to put the sponsorship in place and look forward to receiving an engine to compete this year."

Its entry takes the total Indy 500 entry count to 35.

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