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Back-To-Back Wins To Complete A Perfect Weekend For Jack Harvey
Posted by: newsla on Aug 04, 2014 - 02:50 PM
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Back-To-Back Wins To Complete A Perfect Weekend For Jack Harvey In Mid-Ohio Double Header


British racing driver Jack Harvey had the race weekend of his career in Mid-Ohio this weekend, setting two pole positions, two fastest laps and securing two race wins in the Indy Lights double header.

 

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This weekend’s two wins are the Rookie driver’s first Indy Lights wins and sees the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver climb to second in the Championship standings, just 18 points off the current Championship leader, with three rounds to go. In the ten rounds of the Championship contested so far, Harvey has been on the podium a staggering eight times, including standing on the top step twice.

Harvey delivered a flawless performance all weekend, comfortably qualifying in pole position for both races. Harvey dominated the first race of the weekend from the start, pulling away with ease resulting in the rest of the field being unable to get close enough to mount a serious challenge. Harvey was consistently six tenths of a second per lap faster than any other car on track and set the fastest lap of the race on lap 27 on his way to a commanding victory; taking the checkered flag 17 seconds ahead of Gabby Chaves in P2.

For race two on Sunday, Harvey lined up alongside teammate Luiz Razia. Razia’s race was cut short by Brabham when he made contact with the Brazilian driver in the opening laps, which also brought out a full caution on track. Harvey timed his restart perfectly and began to pull away from the field, lapping half a second of a lap quicker than the rest. By the half way mark, Harvey was already five seconds ahead of his nearest challenger. Despite having a comfortable lead, Harvey kept pushing throughout the race and went on to set the fastest lap on lap 35. After 40 laps of racing the young Brit took the checkered flag and victory, 12 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack.

“It has been an incredible weekend! We knew that a race win was long overdue but to do it in such a dominant fashion is an amazing feeling. The car was absolutely fantastic all weekend and these two wins are a real team effort as everyone at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has worked incredibly hard all season;” commented Jack Harvey.

“I pushed hard all weekend and came away with two pole positions, two fastest laps, two race wins, led every one of the seventy laps that we raced and moved up to P2 in the Championship standings. It really was the most amazing weekend but now we turn our focus to the last few races of the season. The Championship remains our goal, and with three rounds to go it’s all to play for. We head to Wisconsin next, which is another oval track. We’ve been strong at ovals all season so will be pushing for another race win. The final race of the year at Sonoma is a similar track to Mid-Ohio so we will be aiming to end the year on a high;” continued Harvey.

“I want to take this chance to give a big thank you to all my team and my sponsors. I wouldn’t be here without them so this victory is as much for them as it is for me;” continued Harvey.

2014 Indy Lights Championship standings:

(1) Gabby Chaves 431 points

(2) Jack Harvey 413 points

(3) Zach Veach 407 points

(4) Matthew Brabham 325 points

(5) Luiz Razia 313 points

The next round of the Indy Lights series will take place in Wisconsin on August 17th.

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