First lap agony for Jack

Jack Harvey receives a cheque for $2,500 after taking pole position at Long Beach EMN-150420-094132001
Jack Harvey receives a cheque for $2,500 after taking pole position at Long Beach EMN-150420-094132001

Jack Harvey’s chances of adding another Indy Lights race win to his belt was ruined on lap one of the Long Beach race when he was taken out by another car.

Harvey, of Bassingham, headed to Long Beach on the back of two second-place finishes in the opening rounds of the Indy Lights 2015 Championship in St Pete.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver started the weekend strongly, posting strong lap times in both practice and qualifying to secure pole position for Sunday’s race, shattering the existing lap record by almost a full second.

However, Harvey’s race was over in seconds when he was hit by another car on turn one of the opening lap. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team managed to get him back out on track but, by then, he was a full five laps down.

Harvey said; “It was such a disappointing end to a brilliant race weekend. I didn’t even get the chance to complete one lap before my race was over.”

He is now third in the overall standings, with 62 points, behind leader Ed Jones on 95 and Spencer Pigot on 69.

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