MOTOR RACING: Harvey drives to fifth podium finish of the season in Indy Lights series.

Jack Harvey on the podium in Pennsylvania.
Jack Harvey on the podium in Pennsylvania.
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Bassingham single-seater racing driver Jack Harvey secured his fifth podium of the season on Saturday – this time at Pocono, Pennsylvania.

As a result of his stretch of strong results, Racing Steps Foundation-backed Jack currently lies third in the Indy Car Series support race championship standings.

Unusually, the race weekend for this round of the championship fell on the Friday and Saturday. But, heavy rain meant that Friday’s practice sessions were cancelled so Jack’s first experience of the tri-oval track was on Saturday morning when a 40-minute practice session was immediately followed by the qualifying session.

Despite the limited running, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver had a strong qualifying and posted the second fastest time.

On Saturday afternoon, he lined up on the first row of the grid for start of the 40-lap race.

Jack had a challenging start to the race and dropped back to fourth. However he was up to P3 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 Jack. However, he 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 trio of drivers matching each other lap for lap. After 40 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.

He said: “It’s a good feeling 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 than 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.”

The next round of the Indy Lights series will take place in Toronto next Sunday.