Brit Jack Harvey began karting at the age of nine, working his way through the Junior British ranks and racking up no fewer than 10 British and European titles. Moving into formula cars in 2009, Harvey won the 2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series title and earned two victories on the 2013 GP3 circuit before turning his attention stateside last season. Invited to join the British Racing Drivers Club’s “Rising Star” initiative
In 2014, Harvey moved to the U.S. and joined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and made an immediate impact, recording four wins, four pole positions and 10 top-three results, never finishing outside the top five. The series championship came down to the wire, with Harvey finishing tied on points with Gabby Chaves and losing the title on a tie breaker of second place finishes. He was awarded the Earl Howe Trophy by the British Racing Drivers Club, an annual award to the highest-placed British driver in the Indianapolis 500 or to the British driver who has established the most meritorious performance of the year in North America.
Harvey finished second in another hard-fought Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title chase in 2015, earning two wins, three poles and eight top-three results. Both victories were recorded at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – in the Indy Grand Prix and the Freedom 100, held on Carburation Day ahead of the Indianapolis 500.
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: I am renovating a 1947 International Harvester pickup truck
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Michael Shank Racing was formed in 1989 when Mike Shank first began driving racing cars professionally. Shank retired from the cockpit in 1997 to focus his efforts on running the team, which quickly found success in the Champ Car Toyota Atlantic Championship.
With several race wins under his belt, Shank was named as Team Owner of the Year twice in four years. Michael Shank Racing joined the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2004 as the team proved as quick in endurance racing as in the sprint formula car format.
In 2017, Shank brings his Michael Shank Racing team to the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 101st Indianapolis 500. Paired with Andretti Autosport, Shank joins a four-time Indy car champion and four-time “500” winning organization for his maiden effort in the Verizon IndyCar Series.