One of the surprises of qualifying for the Indy GP was Jack Harvey putting the part-time Meyer Shank Racing Honda onto the third spot on the grid. While Harvey’s own expectations were high – admittedly, not quite that high – he’s even more optimistic about what the performance could mean for the team’s future.
“I don’t know if we expected to be third today, but I certainly will take it,” said the Brit. “I mean, yeah, I think we hoped that we would have that. The baseline car has been very good. We tested well last week. We came into the weekend fairly optimistic. I think good results like this really are massive for our program; still only doing the 10 races, so still fairly part-time. It’s nice in moments like this that maybe we can apply a little bit of pressure to a few of the people to say, ‘Why don’t we do this full-time?’”
Harvey comes into the month of May with wins on both the Indy road course and the Speedway under his belt, which he picked up during his strong 2015 Indy Lights campaign with Schmidt. That affinity with the Brickyard is something he says is difficult to explain, and even more difficult to replicate.
“I don’t know [why it has been such a fruitful track], but I wish I could do it more often than just this place,” he said.
“I’ve done well here from the first time I came here. I think the big brakes, and then speed into one corner and then straight into another… I’ve always seemed to go well in corners that link with another almost immediately following. I think we had decent pace today through (Turn) 7 and Turn 10. I don’t know, I think … again, I know I’ve been good here, and you come in with a just a little bit of extra confidence.
“We’re working hard to try and figure out why we can’t replicate the performances that we’re having here, looking back towards like a historical moment, more frequently, more often. That’s the goal, because certainly this place seems to be fairly kind to me, and hopefully it’s kind to me tomorrow and on race day on the 26th.”
Harvey’s best IndyCar results to date have been a pair of 10th places, both coming this year, at St. Petersburg and COTA.