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

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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.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.