For the first time in over two decades, Acura will have some branding in the NTT IndyCar Series. Acura, will be featured on the No. 60 Honda that will be driven by Jack Harvey this weekend in Long Beach.
For the first time since 1994, Acrua will have an appearance on an Indy Car. That year, they were on the No. 49 Lola-Honda that was driven by Parker Johnstone. That was the first year Honda was in the series as well.
The reason they’re on Harvey’s car is that Acrua is partner with Michael Shank Racing in IMSA. Harvey, drivers for Shank in the IndyCar Series in conjunction with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
“Given our long-running, successful relationship with Meyer Shank Racing in sports car competition, it seemed only natural to mark our first year as title sponsor of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach by extending our brand to the MSR Indy car,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and brand officer.
Harvey’s normal sponsors of SiriusXM Radio and AutoNation will still be in place on his car but the usual Honda placements on his car will be replaced by Acura branding.
“We’ve had a great history for four years now with Acura, and we couldn’t be more proud to represent them on the NSX side in IMSA. Now we can do a little something for them in IndyCar at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach,” said Shank. “This is really a proud moment in my time; I think it’s great.”
Also, the race itself will be titled by Acura in branding the name as the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Acura, replaces the departing Toyota with that deal.
This weekend, should be a good one for Harvey as he’s been so strong out of the gates in 2019. With being quick last year in Long Beach, he has his sights set on a third top 10 in four tries this year.
“Last year was pretty solid at Long Beach and we had great race pace,” said Harvey. “I think we had a top-five going into the yellow last year. We need to focus on strategy going into the weekend and have a good Friday practice, replicate our usual Saturday – that would be quite good – and then have a slightly better Sunday. Better Sundays for us are having a result inside the top 10. There’s a lot to be encouraged about heading to Long Beach.”