Jack Harvey is one of Britain's brightest motor racing prospects. At 21, he has already won ten driver Championships, including the 2012 British F3 Championship, and is touted by a number of industry experts as one to watch for the future.
Motorsport has been in his family for as long as he can remember. Jack's father was into karting when he was younger and more recently raced in the National Auto Grass Championship, winning his class in 2002. Jack's uncle is also a motorsports fan and still races supercars.
As a child, Jack was quite into football, playing for the local village football team with his friends from school. It was actually his father who introduced him into karting, thinking it would be something Jack would enjoy and suggested he have a go.
With encouragement from his father, Jack stuck with karting and made a group of friends at the track and really start to enjoy it. Bit by bit, Jack began to win races, and then Championships, and he started to believe this was something he was good at and could potentially have a career in, and the rest is history!
Hobbies: Racing, clay pigeon shooting, squash, badminton, chess
Racing goal: Win the Indianapolis 500
Racing hero: James Hunt
The one talent I wish I had: To play the piano
An interesting note about me: Renovating a 1947 International Harvester pickup truck
* Under INDYCAR sanction
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Sam Schmidt Motorsports, which was formed by Sam Schmidt in 2001, is the winningest team in Firestone Indy Lights history, recording 26 race victories and three driver championships.
The team earned its first Firestone Indy Lights championship in 2004. In a 12-race season, the team won six races with Thiago Medeiros and captured nine pole positions, eight by Medeiros and one by Travis Gregg.
Jay Howard captured the driver's championship in 2006 on the strength of two race victories and two pole positions, while the team finished second in the entrant championship.
In 2007, Alex Lloyd won the championship with eight victories in 16 races, including a record five consecutive victories to start the season.
Team owner Sam Schmidt made 27 career starts in the IndyCar Series as a driver, earning one victory and pole position, both achievements in his hometown of Las Vegas in September 1999 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while driving for Treadway Racing. In January 2000, Schmidt became a quadriplegic due to injuries suffered in a testing crash at Orlando, Fla.
Schmidt, who endures more than 35 hours of physical therapy per week, puts his master's degree in international finance from Pepperdine University to work managing the marketing efforts for his team and the strategic direction of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation.
The foundation's mission is to help individuals overcome spinal-cord injuries and other related debilitating illnesses by facilitating scientific research, medical treatment, rehabilitation and technological advances. The foundation raises funds through the power of motorsports to improve quality of life and assure the best possible outcomes by touching individual lives. Every dollar raised in the foundation name goes to support the foundation and its missions.
Schmidt resides in Henderson, Nev., with his wife, Sheila, and their children, Savannah and Spencer.
In late-2012, Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Oculus Transport Ltd., announced the formation of a new partnership between the two as owners of SSM’s Firestone Indy Lights and IZOD IndyCar Series race teams.