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Fifth Podium Finish Of The Season For Jack Harvey At Pennsylvania
Posted by: newsla on Jul 08, 2014 - 06:57 AM
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Fifth Podium Finish Of The Season For Jack Harvey At Pennsylvania


British 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, Harvey 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.

 

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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 Harvey’s first experience of the Oval was on Saturday morning where 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, Harvey lined up on the first row of the grid for start of the 40-lap race.

Harvey had a challenging start to the race and dropped back to P4. 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 the Brit. However, Harvey 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, Harvey was forced to settle for third place and a further 35 Championship points.

“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 that the two guys currently at the top of the standings at each of the four remaining races;” commented Jack Harvey.

“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;” continued Harvey.

2014 Indy Lights Championship standings:

(1) Gabby Chaves 316 points

(2) Zach Veach 305 points

(3) Jack Harvey 272 points

(4) Matthew Brabham 262 points

(5) Luiz Razia 258 points

The next round of the Indy Lights series will take place in Toronto on July 20th.

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