MOTOR RACING: Harvey heads to States for Indy Lights race series

2013 GP3 Series. Round 5. 'Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. 28th July 2013. 'Sunday Race.'Jack Harvey (GBR, ART Grand Prix). Portrait.'World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service 'Ref: _R6T5235
2013 GP3 Series. Round 5. 'Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. 28th July 2013. 'Sunday Race.'Jack Harvey (GBR, ART Grand Prix). Portrait.'World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service 'Ref: _R6T5235
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Bassingham racing driver Jack Harvey will head Stateside in 2014 to contest the Indy Lights series with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM).

Indy Lights was launched in 2002 as a feeder series for the Indy Car Series – America’s biggest and most coveted single-seater racing series. The 2014 season will cover 14 races held over 10 race weekends, including the iconic Indianapolis Speedway.

Twenty-year-old Jack, who is managed and funded by the Racing Steps Foundation, scored GP3 victories at Silverstone and Monza in 2013, driving for ART Grand Prix. His 13 top-10 finishes carried him to fifth place in the GP3 Series Championship, one of Formula 1’s feeder series.

Jack said: “Everything was looking good for me to continue racing in Europe, but it has always been a dream of mine to race out in the US.

“Schmidt Peterson Motorsports doesn’t need any introduction with their winning history in Indy Lights.”

SPM has captured seven Indy Lights titles since 2004 and is the most successful team in the series history with 60 victories.

Team owner Sam Schmidt said: “We look for raw talent, wins and/or championships in a competitive series, commitment and maturity beyond age in our Indy Lights drivers. Jack not only checks one of those boxes, but he has checked all of them.

“Our success lies in the continuity of our team members over several years and our ability to maximise each driver’s potential within our program. We hope to win our eighth championship and our fifth in a row next year by requiring excellence and continued improvement by our entire team, including its newest member Jack.”

Jack got his first taste of driving in the US when he tested with SPM at Sebring International Raceway in November: “In addition to being in a brand new type of car, I was at a brand new track in Sebring. I didn’t have too many preconceptions of what the car would be like compared to what I’ve been racing the past two years, but I felt the car performed even better than I had anticipated.

“I got a good feeling from the car and the team, which really confirmed for me that racing with SPM in Indy Lights is where I want to be in 2014.”