12th place qualifying result for Sunday’s Honda Indy GP of Alabama
Birmingham, Ala. (6 April 2019) – When it comes to NTT IndyCar qualifying day, Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) and Jack Harvey continue to prove their competitiveness amongst one of the closest fields in racing. On Saturday, Harvey put his No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda Indy Car on the sixth row in 12th for Sunday’s race (3:00pm CT NBCSN).
The 12th place result is the second time in three races that the team has transferred out of the first qualifying group so far in 2019.
The Barber race weekend didn’t get off to a smooth start as several red flags disrupted each practice session. But with the team focused on hitting its goals, they regrouped ahead of Saturday’s practice and qualifying runs.
The overnight turn around and hard work from the MSR squad showed as Harvey stuck within the top six of his qualifying group, ultimately transferring into the top 12. Times that saw drivers within hundredths of a second turned up the pressure as Harvey made his attempt to break into the Firestone Fast Six.
A quick opening outlap provided some optimism for a second transfer but a small bobble in Turn 1 crumbled a chance at the Fast Six. Harvey will start the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 12th on Sunday at 3:00pm CT.
“We’ve made it no secret that transferring to the top 12 in qualifying is one of our goals not just for this weekend, but the whole season,” said Harvey. “We did that today. I am disappointed in myself for how the second round went. We started the lap well, but I tried to be a hero in Turn 1 and went off a little. The potential that we have is good. If we can continue that potential when we get to the track on Fridays, we would be in an even stronger position. It’s been a good day but disappointed on how it finished. We are capable of being in the Fast Six.”
Setting its goals for the season was the first step, and now with Harvey actively achieving those goals Team Owner, Mike Shank is pleased with the early season progress.
“Jack did a great job today,” said Shank. “We are right there and not far off from getting into the Fast Six. We need to keep doing what we are doing and keep working at these kinds of results. As long as we position ourselves well for the race we can be in the top half of the field. Tomorrow will be interesting and we will work out our strategy tonight.”
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will air on Sunday, April 7th on NBCSN at 3:00pm CT as well as live IndyCar Radio coverage on SiriusXM Ch. 209 or Online Ch. 970.