Posted April 23, 2012 on AP on Fox
Michael Shank Racing has filed an entry for Jay Howard to run the Indianapolis 500. The team said Monday it has the sponsorship in place for the May 27 race, but is still trying to put together an engine program. ''Filing the entry is just the first step for us,'' said Shank, who formed the MSR Indy team last October with NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger and Ohio businessman Brian Bailey. Shank had wanted to run a full season of IndyCar this season, and purchased a new Dallara DW12 chassis in January. The team had initially announced itself as a partner with engine manufacturer Lotus, but Lotus has struggled to meet demands, and Shank was never able to receive an engine. Between not having an engine and sponsorship difficulties, the plan to run popular veteran Paul Tracy for a farewell season never materialized. But Lotus could be able to give the team an engine for the Indy 500, after all. The manufacturer is expected to decrease its workload by granting Bryan Her...
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