Jack Harvey: “I feel like the time sheets haven’t been too kind to us”

Jack Harvey says that he feels good behind the wheel of his #50 Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport machine at IMS this month - Credit: Walter Kuhn / IndyCar

Jack Harvey believes that his pace around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway so far this weekend is stronger than his lap times suggest, and feels his lap times without a tow bode well for a strong qualifying performance this weekend.

Racing in his rookie Indianapolis 500 in 2017 as part of Michael Shank Racing’s first attack on the legendary event, in conjunction with Andretti Autosport, Harvey has so far completed 206 laps across the four day of testing, with his fastest lap of 221.279mph seeing him thirty-first fastest.

But despite being so low on the time sheets, Harvey believes they are continuing their learning curve together, and they should be ready to really attack once the race gets underway at the end of the month.

“To be honest, I feel like the time sheets haven’t been too kind to us since we started,” said Harvey. “At certain times we have good pace. I think our non-tow times are looking pretty good, which bodes well for some qualifying efforts.

“I think we’ve got some work done on our race car. It’s new to me and to the team. We just have a few things to work through, but I think we made some progress and hopefully we can just keep making progress all month, and honestly just be ready by the time the race comes.

“Running with the pack went really well and it was better than the first pack that we ran with. Right now, we are making some progress and we will take that and keep chipping away.”