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Racing driver Jack Harvey reveals Indy Lights deal and prepares to move to USA

By DMarshall__LE  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

Jack Harvey will head west to race in the Indy Lights series next year

Jack Harvey will head west to race in the Indy Lights series next year

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Jack Harvey will be competing in the USA-based Indy Lights series next year.

The Lincolnshire racing driver has confirmed a deal has been struck to drive for the successful Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team, based in Indianapolis.

He will be heading west in February next year to begin the series in March.

Harvey, from Bassingham, has been taking part in a series of tests with the team over the past few weeks and the new deal, announced today, will see the 20-year-old take up a seat with the team that won this year's Indy Lights Championship.

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“The tests have gone well,” said Harvey. They have given me a chance to learn how to drive the cars quickly and we have shown good pace.

“I feel so good about this move. I have always liked America and the racing scene here. There is nothing second class about it. In fact it will be a massive step forward in my career. I really can’t wait to get going.”

Harvey is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, a not for profit organisation which has supported the driver throughout his single seater racing career. Last year Harvey won the British Formula Three championship and stepped up to GP3 at the start of this year finishing the series in a super fifth place.

Harvey has made no secret of his desire to race in Formula One, but he says places are increasingly limited as F1 teams look to employ drivers who can bring millions of pounds in sponsorship, with them.

With this in mind 'Team Harvey' have decided that a move west will, for now, be the best alternative in his bid to develop a career as a professional racing driver.

“Everyone who races cars wants to be in F1 because it is the pinnacle,” he said. “Have I given up on that? No I haven’t, I have just had to look at other ways of getting there.

"Formula One is in a strange place at the moment and I have to look at other ways of ensuring I can have a career.”

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  • Phil1W  |  December 13 2013, 4:30PM

    Congratulations to Jack on his next career move! I for one will be making a point of watching the Indy Lights races as much as possible next year and will be looking forward to seeing Jack have some successes. Good luck champ!

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