Jack Harvey, SPM, confident elusive win will come soon


Four runner-up finishes in five races is nothing to scoff at to start a season.

Yet for Jack Harvey and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, four runner-ups in five races have provided a sense of “oh so close, but no cigar” thus far to open their second Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires together.

Harvey banked another pair of P2s this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park after kicking off the season the same way at St. Petersburg. The interlude, at Long Beach, saw Harvey secure an important pole position but get taken out on the first lap.

Still, compared to where he and the team were last year at this time, he’s feeling better about where they are at now.

“We’re getting the momentum every race, but it seems Juncos is as well,” Harvey said post-race at Barber. “I think we’re quite a long way ahead of where we were last year. We have a great team of people here.

“Simply, we weren’t quick enough this weekend. Spencer (Pigot) and Juncos were the people to beat all weekend. All we can do is congratulate the people who beat us and try to turn the tables heading into in my opinion the best month in motorsport. That would be a great place to get our first win of the season.”

Harvey expanded in a one-on-one interview on how gutting the Long Beach DNF was, after Kyle Kaiser made contact with him at Turn 1 on the first lap, but also noted how impressed he was with his team.

“Ultimately we have had four podiums out of five,” Harvey told MotorSportsTalk. “The thing I get frustrated about (at Long Beach) was that it was a disappointment through no fault of our own. I think that’s the thing.

“But you can’t get too annoyed or downbeat. It happened, so fine, deal with it and work a bit harder. Overall we had a very solid weekend with two second places. There’s a lot of guys who would take that. It just shows Spencer was quicker.”

Harvey is bullish heading into the month of May at Indianapolis. At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Harvey didn’t win – he came third and second – but said this was where the team began to hit its stride in 2014.

“Indy we were very strong last year; that was kind of the resurgence of our 2014 season,” he said. “The team has a good base setup and we know we can be fast. We know how we need to improve but figure out what process we need to do to get there.”

The other thing Harvey has been impressed with, year-to-year, has been the overall competition upgrade in the series. Besides Schmidt Peterson, the caliber of effort from series newcomers Juncos and Carlin has raised the collective game.

“This year, there’s not been one team that’s dominated,” Harvey said. “St. Petersburg, it was clearly Carlin. Long Beach we went there and we were on the pole. We came here and Spencer is on pole for both and wins both.

“There are a lot of good teams and every weekend will be different.

“If there’s days where we are only good for third we need to come second, and if there’s days we are good enough to win, we need to win. I think that’s where we are at right now.”

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.