Harvey calls opening day crash at IMS as ‘bizarre’


Jack Harvey crashed during day one of practice at IMS - Credit: Chris Owens / IndyCar

Jack Harvey’s opening day of practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway did not go to plan as he ended up in the wall at turn two on Monday.

The Briton is competing in his first Indianapolis 500 with Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport in 2017, but suffered a strange crash that saw him head straight into the SAFER barrier at turn two at a relative slow speed.

Harvey was unhurt in the incident but the damage to his #50 machine was enough to curtail his day, leaving him with work still to be done in order to complete his Rookie Orientation Programme on Tuesday.

“It’s been a pretty challenging day for what was meant to be an easy process,” said Harvey. “We had some issues this morning, but we had managed to work through them.

“To have that happen, and I don’t know what did happen apart from I went to turn in and it went straight. I was coming out of the pits. I wasn’t even going fast. I was probably not even going 100 mph. So bizarre.

“We had just done a long run and had pitted because there was a yellow flag and then had that happened. It was so random. Hopefully it’s the last time we come to the medical centre.”