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Jack Harvey to Andretti Autosport for Indy 500

Andretti Autosport today named British racer Jack Harvey, 23, as its fifth driver for the Indianapolis 500. Harvey will join full-time drivers Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, and Takuma Sato. 

Harvey moved to the United States to compete in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and finished runner-up in points twice, along with six race wins. He has made a name for himself in motorsports, having raced British Formula 3, Formula BMW Europe, and GP3.

“Jack is a rising talent in open-wheel racing,” said Andretti Autosport’s Michael Andretti. “He’s had an impressive career in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and the British F3 series and we’re really pleased to be able to give him a shot in an Indy car at this year’s Indy 500.”

Andretti, who has developed talents such as Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi, hopes  Harvey will be his newest find. To make that work, he has partnered with AutoNation, the nation’s largest car retailer.

“The Indy 500 is easily the biggest race I have entered in my career so far,” said Harvey. “It is one of the most iconic races in the world and I feel extremely privileged to be taking part in it. To have the opportunity to do this with one of the best teams on the grid – a team that has won two of the last three races there – is more than I could have dreamed of. We have been working incredibly hard over the last 18 months to make this happen and it’s hard to put into words what this means to me. I want to thank the whole Andretti Autosport team for this opportunity. I also want to thank everyone that has supported me over my racing career; especially my family, friends and my manager. Finally, this wouldn’t be possible without the support of AutoNation, so I am very grateful for them helping me put this together.”

Harvey is expected to take part in Rookie Orientation on Monday, May 16th, with the 101st Indianapolis 500 scheduled for Sunday, May 29th.

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By Lisa Davidson

Lisa Davidson is a graduate of the University of Arizona and spent her corporate career as a Controller. She is a lifelong writer who has been covering open wheel racing since 2000 and is the author of historical articles and co-author of one book She and her husband, photographer Jeff Davidson, have two daughters and make their home in Murrieta, CA.