Caution for conditions midway through pit window ‘turns race upside down’ for Harvey
Madison, IL (29 August 2020) – Meyer Shank Racing driver Jack Harvey was well placed to score his first top five finish at World Wide Technology Raceway when an untimely caution for conditions sent him shuffling back int he pack on Saturday. Putting his head down and setting his focus forward, Harvey made a strong charge to make up six positions to finish 11th.
The Bommarito 500 double-header race weekend was Harvey’s debut at the 2.57-mile World Wide Technology Raceway. Harvey followed up a strong Friday practice session by qualifying the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda seventh and fifth for Race 1 and Race 2.
The green flag on Saturday brought out the determination in Harvey who made an aggressive three-wide maneuver to move into fifth right at the start. The first half of the race, Harvey was in podium contention, running as high as fourth for nearly the first 100 laps of the race.
A pit stop on Lap 103 – which was one of the team’s best stops to date – sent Harvey back out on track back in contention. But just a few laps later, a caution was called for the threat of rain in the area. Although rain never arrived, the Meyer Shank Racing crew set its focus on re-organizing the strategy to move back through the field.
Falling back as far as 18th, Harvey continued to progress through the pack to close out the day in 11th.
“We were on track to have a really good day,” said Harvey. “We were running in either fourth or fifth for the first half of the race and the car felt great, the guys had great stops. But when that yellow came out for rain it really turned out race upside down. I’m still trying to wrap my head around why it was called since there wasn’t any rain that I saw on track. We’re doing everything we can to try and show up to races and be competitive. We know that we have a really good race car for tomorrow’s race so we will focus on that and getting the result that we deserve.”
Race 2 of the Bommarito 500 race weekend will go green tomorrow at 3:45pm ET with life NBCSN broadcast coverage beginning at 3:00pm ET. Additional radio coverage can also be found on SiriusXM Ch. 205.