Among the drivers concerned had been sceptical of the dimensions of the Andretti/Meyer Shank crew pressure on the Indianapolis 500, comprising 5 full-timers – Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Colton Herta, James Hinchcliffe and Harvey – together with part-timer Helio Castroneves and Indy 500 one-offs Marco Andretti and Stefan Wilson.
Harvey admits that was a cumbersome scenario when it got here to debriefing, however midway by Michael Shank’s and Jim Meyer’s second 12 months in partnership with Michael Andretti’s squad, Harvey stated that he and race engineer Andy Listes (one among MSR’s personnel assigned by Andretti) can see the advantages of the ‘common’ line-up for the opposite rounds within the championship.
He says that after they all divide duties for, say, making an attempt totally different set-ups in apply periods, he can glean from others’ suggestions what’s going to and gained’t work for him on the #60 automobile.
“At this level you sort of know who within the room you are prone to gravitate in the direction of,” Harvey defined to Autosport concerning the debriefs. “Due to that I feel it is simpler to separate a few of the testing or set-up plans and adjustments with sure individuals within the room.
“We have been there a 12 months and a half now and know what most individuals’s driving types are but additionally what the engineers’ types are from automobile to automobile. I feel my engineer Andy has been doing a very improbable job in being adaptable to what I want but additionally seeing if one other automobile is doing one thing nicely – not essentially simply plucking it off the quickest automobile however plucking the half that is going to make our programme be the very best.
“The 500 was tough having eight vehicles in a single engineering room I can inform you! Immediately once we went again to the common 5 for the total season, it appears to movement a lot faster.
“It is nice to have that stage of knowledge. Clearly it takes plenty of effort for everyone to undergo it correctly, so having the ability to gravitate to the individuals who drive the automobile equally or set-up adjustments we get an analogous learn on in a brief weekend actually helps.
“I feel that is a very nice relationship and one which I do know that everybody at Meyer Shank Racing hopes will proceed for a couple of extra years to return.”
Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing Honda
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Within the final spherical at Highway America, Harvey scored his third top-three grid place of the season though his greatest race consequence up to now has been fourth in St. Petersburg.
His hopes are excessive for this weekend’s spherical, since Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automotive Course is Meyer Shank Racing’s “dwelling” monitor, being located simply 50 miles north of its base. However it’s famend for presenting a specific problem to IndyCar groups as a result of from when it’s nonetheless inexperienced – comparatively unused initially of Friday apply – in comparison with the grip it gives as soon as it’s rubbered in by the point qualifying ends, groups can see their lap instances minimize by as much as 4 seconds.
Harvey stated that the skilled groups and drivers will know to not be misled into making drastic adjustments in response to how their vehicles behave initially of a race weekend.
“I feel that is very a lot a attribute of Mid-Ohio,” he agreed. “The morning of check day even versus the top of the day, simply the advance might be essentially the most I have been to on a highway course with none climate altering or something like that. At this level I really feel like lots of people have expertise with letting the monitor sort of come to us.
“I feel my expertise at Mid-Ohio up to now is, in the event you’re undecided what the monitor goes to do, simply depart it, wait and see what it does. I hate to say it however the prepping in that second, for me, involves having an excellent plan if it goes come what may, if you find yourself being tremendous free, or find yourself being tremendous understeery. We have been there earlier than and tried to foretell what the monitor will do and obtained it utterly fallacious!
“It is undoubtedly a problem at Mid-Ohio however it’s a problem for everyone, so so long as we attempt to be good however not too good, hopefully we’ll find yourself in a great spot.”
Harvey was two-time Indy Lights championship runner-up – in 2014 with the antiquated Dallara-IPS automobile and the next 12 months with the all-new Dallara IL-15. He stated that coping with that transition was far greater than contending with the present IndyCar shifting its weight distribution following the adoption of the aeroscreen final 12 months.
“The factor concerning the display screen, it is heavy. However as a result of you understand it is heavy in a specific place, it sort of makes it a bit simpler simply to attempt to shift a couple of issues round, go and check it,” he stated. “That transition between ’14 and ’15 within the Lights automobile – that was identical to throwing your engineering rule guide out the window and beginning once more!”
Jack Harvey, Meyer Shank Racing Honda
Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images
Harvey went on to reward IndyCar for pushing ahead with the display screen.
“I will be the primary to confess, I used to be considerably sceptical about all that when IndyCar first launched it, however I adore it. It’s completely saving drivers left and proper, and I hate what number of instances we have needed to see it already work so nicely.
“However I am actually super-proud of all people at IndyCar, all people at Dallara for making security such a precedence.
“I feel that is why you are seeing so many drivers have a look at [IndyCar] once more with stars of their eyes and going, ‘Wow, IndyCar is so cool and it is protected.’ Safer, I ought to say.
“I used to be by no means towards it at any second as a result of on the finish of the day I might all the time need my mates right here with us now. However that is such successful. I feel they’ve accomplished such an unbelievable job with that, I am actually, actually grateful that everyone concerned in that course of caught to their weapons and pushed on with it as a result of they’re saving individuals’s lives.”