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Racer Jack Harvey takes podium finish in superb Indy Lights debut

By DMarshall__LE  |  Posted: March 31, 2014

Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey (second from right) on the podium after his superb Indy Lights debut on Sunday

Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey (second from right) on the podium after his superb Indy Lights debut on Sunday

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Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey scorched to a podium finish in a superb Indy Lights debut on Sunday.

The former British Formula Three champion, in his first race in America for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, drove immaculately to take a third place finish at St Petersburg, Florida.

The Bassingham racer, who had posted the sixth quickest time during practice, started sixth on the grid on Sunday after the qualifying session was cancelled due to heavy rain.

And Harvey, 20, announced himself on the Indy Lights scene by crossing the line behind winner Zach Veach and second-placed Gabby Chaves, while also taking the award for ‘move of the day’ for a pass on the 25th lap of the race.

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One of the battles of the race saw Alex Baron (Belardi Auto Racing) being chased down by the SPM trio of Harvey, Luiz Razia and Juan Piedrahita.

Former Lincoln Minster pupil Harvey found a way past Baron on Lap 20, and five laps later he also overtook Ghirelli to move into third.

The Englishman inched a little closer to second-placed man Chaves as the race ran toward its conclusion, but was never close enough to challenge.

Harvey, who finished fifth in the European-based GP3 series last year, caused something of a stir in motorsport with his decision to head west.

But the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver and his advisers believe the US series gives him the best chance of continuing his progression towards his target - Formula One.

Harvey will be in action again at Long Beach, California on April 13.

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