Long Beach Calif – For the second time in three days, an Indy 500 driver announcement occurred during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race weekend.
On Friday, A.J. Foyt Racing announced that Zach Veach will drive the No. 40 Honda for the team in next month’s race. Today, Andretti Autosport revealed that they’ve signed Jack Harvey to drive their fifth entry for the 101st Running of the race.
Harvey, 23, will drive the No. 50 Honda for the team, which is the same fifth entry that Townsend Bell drove to a front row starting spot last year.
“The Indy 500 is easily the biggest race I have entered in my career so far,” Harvey said via an Andretti release. “It is one of the most iconic races in the world and I feel extremely privileged to be taking part in it. To have the opportunity to do this with one of the best teams on the grid – a team that has won two of the last three races there, is more than I could have dreamed of.”
The two sides have said this has been in the works for the past 18 months and are relishing this deal.
Harvey, won the 2015 Freedom 100 Indy Lights Series race at IMS, as that win was one of six career victories in Indy Lights. He narrowly missed out on the championship twice in 2014 and again in 2015, but he didn’t have enough funding to secure an IndyCar seat in 2016.
Now, he has a great opportunity to prove that he belongs in this series.
He’s made several tests with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, the team he drove for in Indy Lights, but a deal was never able to be worked out. Now, he grabbed one of the top open seats on the grid.