Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey secured his fifth podium of the season, this time at Pocono, Pennsylvania. Of the eight rounds of the Championship contested so far, Jack has secured podium finishes in over half of them. As a result of this stretch of strong results, the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver currently lies third in the standings.
Unusually, the race weekend for this round of the Championship fell on the Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, heavy rain meant that Friday’s practice sessions were cancelled so Jack’s first experience of the Oval was on Saturday morning where a practice session was immediately followed by the qualifying session. Despite the limited running, the Bassingham driver had a strong qualifying and posted the second fastest time. On Saturday afternoon, Jack lined up on the first row of the grid for start of the forty lap race.
Jack had a challenging start to the race and dropped back to fourth. However he was up to third by lap seven. A full course caution was brought out when Razia spun off. At the restart, race leader Chaves, and Veach in P2, began to pull away from the Brit. However, Jack was able to close the gap again and by lap 25 the top three were only separated by two seconds.
The three cars then ran nose to tail for the final three laps of the race, with the three drivers matching each other lap for lap. After forty laps of racing and with no way past the two drivers ahead, Jack was forced to settle for third place and a further 35 Championship points.
Jack says, “It’s a good feeing to be coming away from the weekend third in the Championship and with another podium finish. With just four rounds left it’s all to play for and our aim remains the same; to secure race wins and to ultimately score more points that the two guys currently at the top of the standings at each of the four remaining races.
“Although we’re pleased with another podium finish, it’s still disappointing not to have come away with a win. It’s proof of how close the Championship fight is that we are actually disappointed with a podium finish! The races are challenging as the new tyres for this year mean that you can’t run as close to the cars in the dirty air as in previous years so it’s tough to make up positions during the race. We head to Toronto next where we will be looking to get a strong qualifying result and covert it into a race win.”