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Harvey To Drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced on Monday that Jack Harvey would run the final two races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season behind the wheel of their No. 7 entry.

For Harvey, the events at Watkins Glen International and Sonoma Raceway will mark his second and third IndyCar Series’ starts, respectively. He made his debut in this year’s Indianapolis 500, scoring a 31st-place finish for Michael Shank Racing and Andretti Autosport.

“It’s obviously a really exciting time for me, and I’m really pleased to rejoin everyone here at SPM,” Harvey noted. “We had a lot of success together in Indy Lights, and I’m excited to be back with so many familiar faces. I’m really looking forward to getting on track at Watkins Glen, and although I haven’t driven there, it’s definitely been a bucket list track and one that I’ve been looking forward to driving on even before I came to America. I’m really excited to continue this journey with AutoNation and Sirius XM – I wouldn’t be racing this season without them. I can’t thank them enough for their continued support, and I hope to be able (to) bring home two solid results for the end of the year.”

The United Kingdom native drove for SPM in Indy Lights, scoring six wins with 18 podiums. 

“We are very pleased to welcome Jack back to the team for our final two events of the season,” SPM General Manager Piers Phillips commented. “Jack’s done a great job for the team throughout his Indy Lights career, and we have been looking at ways of incorporating him into our IndyCar program, so it’s been wonderful to see it come to fruition. We look forward to finishing out the year with he and James and hopefully with some results up front.”

Mikhail Aleshin was supposed to race the full campaign this year but was let go before the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway so he could “focus on the design and development of the new BR1 LMP1 car,” according to the team’s statement. Sebastian Saavedra ran the 2.5-mile triangle in his place and will be behind the wheel this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park. 

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.