Jack Harvey continues string run of podium finishes

Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey has added yet another podium finish to his tally of results in the 2014 Indy Lights Championship. Sunday’s third place finish at Toronto means Jack has now scored podium finishes in a staggering two thirds of the Championship.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver from Bassingham currently lies third in the drivers’ standings, and is continuing to close the gap to second place, race by race. Jack also leads the battle for highest placed rookie of the season with five rounds to go.

Despite it being Jack’s first visit to the 1.75-mile Canadian street circuit, he was immediately amongst the front-runners in the first practice session of the weekend, posting the second fastest time. The young Brit followed this with another strong showing in the second practice session, which he ended in third.

Ahead of qualifying, the rain began to fall, so the field were left divided on the best set up for their cars. Jack and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team elected for a dry set up, whilst most of the other cars went for a inter set up. The gamble was made in the hope that the track would dry out, and the decision proved to be the correct one. While Jack struggled for lap times in the opening part of the session, as the track dried, the sector times started to come together and Jack had the pace for a pole position lap time. However, luck wasn’t to be on Jack’s side and a series of yellow flags and traffic meant that his four quickest laps were affected and ended the session in fourth, three tenths off the pole time.

Due to the rain overnight the track was damp for Sunday’s race, but drying rapidly, so the team elected to leave the dry set up on the car from qualifying. Jack got a good start and by lap three was up to third, however, the two Belardi cars in ront were able to pull out a significant gap as they were on an inter set up. By half distance though, the track was almost dry and Jack began to rapidly close the gap to the leading pair. In just fifteen laps Jack took eight seconds out of the lead with some of his laps half a second quicker than the leaders.

Harvey continued his storming drive and on lap 34 set the fastest lap of the race. By the time the checkered flag fell after 40 minutes of racing, Jack was just 1.5 seconds off second, and crossed the finish line in third, collecting a further 36 Championship points.

Jack says, “This was probably the most promising weekend of the season so far. We were very fast all weekend and, if it hadn’t been for the yellow flags and traffic during qualifying, we would have very likely been on pole. During the race as the track started to dry our race pace was also very fast so we can come away from Toronto with a lot of positives.

“It’s obviously a little disappointing that the win didn’t happen that weekend, but with the pace we have been showing and the six podium finishes to date, we’re confident that we won’t have to wait much longer. With five rounds to go our focus is to achieve better results than the two guys ahead of me in the standings so we can keep closing the gap to them. I’m looking forward to Ohio, we had a good test session there and we will be pushing hard for two good results.”