By: Tanner Watkins
March 26, 2019 | 9:00 AM
If you would have scripted two top-10s as the start for Jack Harvey’s 2019 IndyCar season, he and his Meyer Shank Racing crew would have been jumping for joy. After making that dream a reality in March, they probably are just as happy.
After finishing 10th at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – a race where Harvey ran well inside the first ten spots and threatened the top five – the England native scored another 10th place result in Sunday’s inaugural IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas.
At the Austin, Texas track, Harvey overcame a 23rd-place grid position to storm through the field. Only Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti made up more positions from their starting spot to the finishing result.
So while Harvey and his No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda team certainly were left looking for a bit more following St. Pete, they made up for it today by taking advantage of the only caution period of the day.
“The whole team did a great job to make up all those positions,” said Harvey. “It was nice to be on the good end of the yellow flag, which put us in a competitive position with about 10 laps to go. If you had asked me this morning, I wouldn’t have thought we would have finished 10th. Towards the
Last weekend’s race at Circuit of the Americas is the second in a string of six starts Harvey will attempt to begin the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season. Harvey and company will race at both IndyCar stops in April – at Barber Motorsports Park as well as the Long Beach Grand Prix – and will be on the entry list for the entire month of May at Indianapolis.
The team won’t miss a race weekend until the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix in June, though they will close out the season with stops at Road America, Mid-Ohio, Portland and the season finale at Laguna Seca.
Methodically, Michael Shank’s IndyCar program is developing and the fruits of their Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports relationship are starting to show. The team positioned themselves to take a step forward in 2019 by increasing their race total for six in 2018 to 10 this season.
“Today was a great day for us,” said Shank. “We just keep pushing and working at these races and the results are starting to come to us. As a
After two rounds in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship, Harvey is one of four drivers to post two top-10 finishes to start the year. He joins Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta in that category.
For Harvey, fighting for those two top-10s to start the season is a win in their book as they continue to develop with an eye on the future.
“For me, I just want to keep getting these types of results. So far it’s two races and two top ten (finishes) so I can’t complain.”
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