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Jack Harvey Continues Strong Run Of Indy Lights Podium
Posted by: newsla on Jul 22, 2014 - 04:26 PM
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Jack Harvey Continues Strong Run Of Indy Lights Podium Finishes With A Third Place At Toronto


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

 

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

Despite it being Harvey’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 P3.

Ahead of qualifying, the rain began to fall, so the field were left divided on the best set up for their cars. Harvey 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 Harvey struggled for lap times in the opening part of the session, as the track dried, the sector times started to come together and Harvey 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 P4, 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. Harvey got a good start and by lap three was up to P3, however, the two Belardi cars in P1 and P2 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 Harvey began to rapidly close the gap to the leading pair. In just 15 laps Harvey 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, Harvey was just 1.5 seconds off P2. Harvey crossed the finish line in P3, collecting a further 36 Championship points.

“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;” commented Jack Harvey.

“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;” continued Harvey.

2014 Indy Lights Championship standings:

(1) Gabby Chaves 356 points

(2) Zach Veach 335 points

(3) Jack Harvey 308 points

(4) Matthew Brabham 294 points

(5) Alex Baron 261 points

The next twos round of the Indy Lights series will take place in Ohio on August 2nd and 3rd.


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