MRTI: Jack Harvey confirms second year with SPM in Indy Lights

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After losing the 2014 Indy Lights championship on a tie-breaker, Jack Harvey has confirmed that he’ll go after it again in 2015 as a member of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Harvey will continue to receive support from the Racing Steps Foundation, a group that helps finance the careers of British racers such as himself.

The 21-year-old from Lincolnshire, England made his American racing debut last season in Indy Lights after competing in GP3 and various other European ladder series.

Harvey mounted a serious charge for the 2014 Lights title in the second half of the season, winning four of the final five races – including the season finale at Sonoma.

Unfortunately for the Brit, Gabby Chaves’ second-place finish in the same race allowed him to take home the big trophy on the second tiebreaker – Chaves’ five runner-up finishes to Harvey’s one (the two had four wins apiece, which was the first tiebreaker).

Now, as the Lights series prepares to roll out a new car for 2015, Harvey will look to bring SPM its eighth series title and continue the team’s championship legacy in IndyCar’s top developmental league.

“I’m delighted to be heading back to Indy Lights for a second season with SPM, which wouldn’t be possible without the continued backing of the Racing Steps Foundation,” Harvey said in a release. “[Indy Lights promotions group] Andersen Promotions has done a fantastic job raising the profile of the series with the new car, new teams and a growing grid.

“So for me, it’s definitely the right place to be racing. It’ll be tougher this year but rest assured, I’m up for the challenge.”

His boss, team co-owner Sam Schmidt, believes that with one year of experience under his belt, Harvey will deliver even more in 2015.

“The 2014 championship was as close as it gets, and I don’t know if we’ll ever see a tie again like we did with Jack and Gabby,” Schmidt said in his own thoughts. “Jack did an excellent job from the time he arrived from the U.K. He was always very consistent in testing and had a great work ethic on and off the track.

“In 2015 he’ll be returning to circuits for the second time and can build upon the oval racing experience he gained in 2014.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.