Jack Harvey celebrates the ‘biggest’ victory of his career

Jack Harvey.
Jack Harvey.

Jack Harvey claimed the ‘biggest’ victory of his racing career on Friday - winning the prestigious Indianapolis Freedom 100 at the world-renowned Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Known in motorsport as one of the most iconic racetracks in the world, the 2.5-mile oval is the most challenging track on the Indy Lights calendar.

Harvey headed into the race weekend off the back of a dominant race win at the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit at the start of the month.

“This is the biggest single race I’ve ever won,” Harvey said.

“Looking back it will easily be up there as one of my career highlights.

“It was the one race that I wanted to win all season. As I was going over the line, I had a few tears in my eyes and when I was getting interviewed, my legs were shaking.

“It just means the world and I know it means the world to the team too, we have worked so hard for this.

“The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such an iconic track, and to win here during the same weekend as the Indy 500 is a very special feeling.”

The youngster, from Bassingham, was quickest from the start, setting the pace with a fastest lap of 195.981 mph (45.9228 seconds) during a preliminary test session on Monday.

The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver continued to dominate, running in the top three for all testing and practice sessions.

Thursday’s qualifying session saw the track’s previous lap record of 190.177 mph shattered.

Pole position was eventually taken by Ethan Ringel, with a top speed of 197.684 mph, closely followed by Harvey with 197.551 mph.

On Friday afternoon, Harvey lined up on the outside of the front row for the race and wasted no time in taking the lead on the first lap.

Over the course of the next 40 laps, Harvey and his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate jostled for position, with the race lead changing hands six times.

However it was the young Brit who timed the closing laps to perfection and on lap 35 made a move on Ringel for the race lead as they were lapping traffic.

With just two laps of the race to go, Ed Jones crashed into turn four bringing the yellow flags out.

Victory was just a few minutes away and, two laps later, Harvey took the chequered flag and his second win of the season.

After five race weekends, Harvey is top of the 2015 Indy Lights Championship with 192 points.

Close behind him are second-placed Ed Jones (179) and Spencer Pigot (168) in third.

R.C. Enerson is fourth (136) while Max Chilton (126) sits in fifth spot.