Harvey emerges victorious from Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 (VIDEO)


INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Harvey scored an emotional win in Friday’s Freedom 100, the marquee event of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season.

It’s a race the Englishman, who drove the No. 42 Racing Steps Foundation Dallara IL-15 Mazda, said he wanted to win after missing it last year.

“I’m not usually speechless and this is one of the rare moments I am,” Harvey said. “I was really happy Ethan was on pole. But I wanted to win the race. Last year I wanted to win but made a mistake. This year I didn’t make any mistakes.”

Although Ethan Ringel led the majority of the race – 30 of the 40 laps – it was Harvey who made what proved to be the winning move on Lap 34.

Coming to lap Spencer Pigot, Harvey used the slingshot effect on Ringel as they closed and passed the Juncos Racing driver. Harvey went past Ringel on the outside into Turn 1, for the sixth and final lead change of the race.

The race ended under yellow after Ed Jones, the other title contender, had a spin exiting Turn 4 on Lap 37.

Although this prevented the fans and the race from ending under green, it was an inadvertent benefit to Ringel, who felt a tire close to going down near the end of the race.

As it was, Harvey won his second race of the season and second of the month, having also scored a win in the first of the two road course races at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis weekend.

Ringel was second, and with Scott Anderson and RC Enerson third and fourth, the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate secured a top-four sweep. Both Ringel and Anderson scored career-best finishes and their first career podiums.

Kyle Kaiser completed the top five. Pigot and Jones ended ninth and 10th.

Unofficially, heading to the Toronto doubleheader next month, Harvey leads Jones by 13 points, 192-179. Pigot is third with 168 points.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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