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Jack Harvey Secures P17 at Sonoma



In the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway, British Racing driver Jack Harvey today claimed a 17th place finish in his Meyer Shank Racing with SPM No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda.

Sonoma marked the sixth outing for Harvey this year, competing in a partial season with Meyer Shank Racing.

Qualifying on Saturday was another highly competitive session. Harvey was aiming to build on the strong momentum from his last race two weeks ago at Portland International Raceway, where he was regularly running in the top five throughout the whole weekend.

With one lap of the qualifying session remaining, Harvey pitted for a fresh set of Firestone reds and recorded his fastest lap of the weekend with a lap that initially was enough to move into the fast 12.  However, track conditions continued to improve and he missed out on the chance to transfer forward by just two tenths of a second.  Harvey’s 1:18.589-second lap time saw him secure P16 for Sunday’s race.  

“Our qualifying run was probably representative of where we were in practice,” said Harvey. “The competition is so high when you get to this level.  The guys are working really hard, and continue to engineer the car well for me but we just haven’t quite stumbled upon that perfect combination just yet. As always, we are working as hard as we can to put our car up front.”

Lining up on the grid on the eighth row, Harvey made a good start and fought off advances from the rest of the field until his first pit stop on lap 36. In a race with just one full course caution, Jack pushed hard throughout and put in a solid performance to maintain position. After three near-perfect pit stops and 85 laps of hard-fought running, Harvey crossed the finish line in P17.

“Overall, we had a lot of great moments in the year, but I don’t think we ever got the result that fully matched the potential that we had, or that the team deserved.  However, I’m optimistic and hopeful that next year we will do more races and have more opportunities to get a better result,” said Harvey. “I really have to thank everyone from Meyer Shank Racing and SPM for all their hard work all season.  I also want to thank AutoNation and SiriusXM for their backing to enable us to go racing. And finally, I want to say a big thank you to everyone back home in the UK for their continued support – it means a lot to me!”

“This year has been a whirlwind,” said Team Principal Mike Shank. “I think we came into it with realistic expectations and I think that helped us a lot. Obviously when we come to these races we want results. We want to get results for the team and of course for AutoNation and SiriusXM, who without them, we wouldn’t be here. This year has been a great stepping stone and we are aiming to do more IndyCar races next year. I can’t say enough about Jack and what he has done for us this year. We have all been learning together and now that we got the first season out of the way we can aim to get stronger and stronger for next year

Posted by Emma Stonier on 18 September 2018 16:01

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