Bassingham racing driver Jack Harvey secured another top-five finish, this time at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.
The ‘Freedom 100’ race fifth-place finish meant that rookie driver Jack has not finished out of the top five in all seven races of the season so far, and remains in fourth place in the Indy Lights Championship standings.
Racing Steps Foundation-backed Jack had a very strong qualifying session on Thursday – averaging almost 187mph - and qualified on the front row of the grid for the first time since he began racing in Indy Lights.
With 40 laps of the world renowned 2.5-mile oval ahead of him, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver lined up on the front row of the grid for the rolling start.
In the opening stages of the race, he could feel that the pace from qualifying was no longer there and dropped a few positions down the field. However, Harhevey remained part of the five-car breakaway until a caution on lap 14 that lasted for eight laps and bunched up the field.
At the restart, Jack was fifth and successfully held off the advances of Garcia until the chequered flag was waved.
Jack said it had been a mixed weekend of highs and lows: “It’s been a frustrating weekend as we started off topping the table in practice. Then on Thursday we qualified P2, which was completely unexpected as our focus for the session was the race so we weren’t expecting to qualify so high. We therefore went into the race confident of a very strong result and so was disappointed to not have the pace of Thursday and to only come away with P5.
“We’re puzzled as to why the drop in pace happened but on the plus side we are still lying in fourth place in the drivers’ championship. Our aim now must be to start getting some more points back and to climb back up the standings. We’re only half way through the season so there’s all to play for.”
The next round of the Indy Lights series will take place at Long Pond, Pennsylvania, on July 4th.