Best Career Start For Harvey At IMS
Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda secured his best ever career starting position in the NTT IndyCar Series on Friday.
The 26 year old Englishman will start today’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course from third place having set a fastest time of 01:08.3238s.
Speaking following the day’s action he said:
I feel like we have been on the brink of a Firestone Fast Six result and now qualifying in the top of the Fast Six will be the momentum we need to replicate it more often,” said Harvey. “I was so focused on trying to get a good lap in that I didn’t even know we had gone P1 there for a second. This gives us confidence and what we are doing is headed in the right direction. Of course, we will continue to work at it to continue to get better.
Marcus Ericsson in the No.7 Arrow Electronics Honda starts the race from ninth place having set a fastest time of 01:08.2497s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
“I wouldn’t say (our qualifying) was a big success, but obviously we’ve been struggling a lot in qualifying and have been out of Q1 in the first four events. We’re not here to aim to be P9, for sure, but it’s a good start to sort of break the qualifying streak of exiting in Q1, so I’m happy with our improvement. Obviously all the cars are very close, and with another tenth (of a second) the Arrow car would have been in the top six, so I thought it was a good session. We’re definitely going to go for the podium. We’ve shown this year that we are very strong in race conditions, and with me starting around 18th/20th and making it up to the top eight each time, I think that shows we have a lot of potential. For tomorrow, we’re starting within the top 10, it should be a good chance for us to be on the podium.”
James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda was left disappointed after his qualifying as the Canadian starts the race from 18th place with a time of 01:08.7710s and speaking following the day’s action he said:
We struggled with the (Firestone alternate) reds in Practice 2 and we’re not quite sure why. The cold temperatures are obviously playing a part. We just missed it a little bit. Our pace on (Firestone primary) blacks is pretty competitive, and ultimately both of our teammates made it into Q2. We just have to take a look back and see what we did wrong. We also tried trimming a little bit, may have been a bit aggressive for the reds, I’m not sure. We can still race from there. We’ve got extra reds for the race, and it’s usually a red race here, which can be good if a caution plays into our hands. Not the day we wanted for sure, but the Arrow SPM team can bounce back.”