Harvey began second and completed fourth within the season’s second spherical at St. Petersburg, however then suffered a largely depressing run of 9 races that emulated a lot of his unwell fortune in 2020.
The Portland race regarded prefer it could be one other missed alternative; regardless of being third quickest in first apply and fifth quickest in second apply, the qualifying session in between noticed him puzzlingly off the tempo and lining up solely twentieth
Nevertheless, he made up 4 locations on the primary lap because of one of many first flip collisions, after which was boosted to tenth as Race Management demoted all those that had failed to barter the Flip 1/2 chicane.
Thereafter Harvey drove an outstanding race, displaying restraint when needing to avoid wasting gas however placing in scorching in- and out-laps to ship fourth place – first of the vehicles house to run a two-stop technique.
Two of these he defeated who additionally accomplished solely two stops have been championship contender Josef Newgarden on the identical technique, who completed 0.7s behind him, and long-time race chief Graham Rahal who wound up tenth.
“We gained about half of our spots by simply avoiding the messes down at Flip 1, however truthfully the remainder we gained by way of our technique and pace,” Harvey instructed Autosport.
“The automotive felt fairly robust, and clearly I want we may have achieved outcomes like this earlier within the 12 months.
“We went into the race considering we might run many of the race on blacks [Firestone’s harder primary tyre], however after doing 40 laps within the first stint on reds [softer alternate compound], we thought they have been fairly good.
Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing Honda
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“After we ran scrubbed blacks within the center stint [36 laps], we went again to reds for the ultimate stint [34 laps] and that was a superb determination made on the fly. The crew requested me what I assumed, I agreed, and it labored out properly.
“All in all, only a well-executed day, I assumed. We had a superb technique however we have been versatile sufficient to vary it, primarily as a result of we had the pace. We held off a two-time champion, Josef, which says rather a lot.”
Harvey admitted he couldn’t assist however really feel rueful that the MSR crew was now enhancing, following his alternative to go away the squad on the finish of the season.
“I believe we may have had these sorts of outcomes numerous the time,” mentioned the two-time Indy Lights runner-up.
“To have the ability to chase a multi-time champion like [Scott] Dixon for third, and maintain off one other multi-time champ like Newgarden, that’s the type of factor we ought to be able to.
“I do really feel we’ve been there loads of instances however simply not been capable of get the tip outcomes.
“This time, nothing went flawed and we confirmed our potential which we’ve all felt we had. I imply, you possibly can say it’s too little, too late, however hopefully we will shut out the season with two extra robust performances resulting in robust outcomes.
“If we might be robust in each session and never flip shit in qualifying at Laguna Seca and Lengthy Seashore, then I believe we will do even higher.”