Jack Harvey is a British racing driver who currently competes on a part-time schedule in the IndyCar Series with Meyer Shank Racing. He made an IndyCar debut in 2017 at Indianapolis 500.
Earlier in a career, Harvey spent two seasons in the Indy Lights series, finishing as a vice-champion both in 2014 and 2015. Before coming to the US, he won the British Formula 3 Championship in 2012 and finished second in the 2010 Formula BMW Europe.
Successful kart racer early in a career
Born in April 1993 in Bassingham, Lincolnshire, Jack Harvey started his racing career at the age nine in karting competitions. He won numerous national and international trophies before graduating to formula racing in 2009.
His first competition was the Formula BMW Europe. Driving for Fortec Motorsports, he won one race and finished seventh in the points. In 2010, he was a race winner seven times in fourteen races but lost a title to Robin Frijns because he crashed in the penultimate race of the season at Monza.
British Formula 3 champion in 2012
In 2011, Harvey joined Carlin in the British Formula 3 Championship. In his rookie season, he finished ninth in the points, scoring one victory and four podiums.
In 2012, he stayed with Carlin and scored seven wins over the season in the #1 Dallara-Volkswagen. He won the championship with a slight advantage over Jazeman Jaafar.
Helping ART Grand Prix to win GP3 Series teams' title
The F3 championship title earned Harvey an entry for the Formula Renault 3.5 rookie test. However, he went into another direction in 2013, joining Lotus/ART Grand Prix in the GP3 Series.
Indy Lights vice-champion for two years in a row
For the 2014 season, Harvey moved to the United States and signed for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to race in the Indy Lights series. At the wheel of the #42 car, he collected six podiums in nine races before clinching his maiden Indy Lights victory at Mid-Ohio. He scored the second win the day after. He was again a double winner at Sonoma, finishing the season tied in the points with champion Gabby Chaves.
Harvey stayed for one more season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. In 2015, he collected two wins and six more podiums in the Indy Lights series, finishing second in the points. The champion was Spencer Pigot.
IndyCar Series debut at 2017 Indianapolis 500
After two Indy Lights seasons, it was a time to step up into the IndyCar Series but that didn't happen. Harvey was out of racing in 2016 and then made a deal with Michael Shank Racing to drive the #50 Honda for Andretti Autosport at 2017 Indianapolis 500. He crashed during practice, started the race 27th on the grid and then crashed on lap 66 while he was avoiding debris from Conor Daly's car.
Later in the season, Harvey rejoined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the final two races, finishing 14th at Watkins Glen and 18th at Sonoma.
Reaching maiden IndyCar podium at Indianapolis
For the 2018 IndyCar Series season, Harvey made a deal to drive the #60 Honda for Michael Shank Racing in at least six races, in a technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. During the season, Jim Meyer joined the team as a new co-owner so the team was renamed Meyer Shank Racing. Harvey's best result in six races was 12th place at Long Beach.
In 2019, he stayed in the #60 Honda, expanding his IndyCar Series schedule to ten races. His best result was third place at the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course, what was his maiden IndyCar Series podium.
For the 2020 IndyCar season, Harvey has a deal to spend all races in the #60 Honda of Meyer Shank Racing.