Harvey: RLL attractive as a result of it’s “excellent throughout the board” - Motor Informed
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Harvey: RLL attractive as a result of it’s “excellent throughout the board”

The Briton, whose decision to leave Meyer Shank Racing was announced back in July, was confirmed as the driver of RLL’s newly full-time #45 entry for 2022 on Monday.

He’ll be a part of Graham Rahal on the squad, whereas the departure of RLL’s 2020 Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato was announced last week – with Christian Lundgaard tipped to take his place within the #30 automobile.

Harvey remarked that he had been impressed with the squad’s “starvation and want”, explaining that after watching playbacks of the races, Rahal’s kind had satisfied him that he ought to be a part of the group co-owned by Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan within the Hy-Vee-backed machine.

“I have a look at our season, and it was crammed with plenty of potential, however too many coulda-woulda-shouldas,” he stated.

“I’d look each weekend and watch the races again, and I at all times felt like Graham’s race tempo was exceptionally sturdy, and as a group [RLL] at all times discovered a solution to get their drivers to the entrance. There’s undoubtedly been a couple of races the place I used to be envious of that.

“You have a look at their season, and the automobiles at all times run very well at Indy, which is clear as a result of they’ve gained it extraordinarily just lately and Graham has been very sturdy this yr.

“I assumed the #45 on the finish of the yr was working fairly sturdy, as nicely, and finally I feel the group increasing to 3 automobiles is a good transfer for everyone. However their consistency, and while you see all three automobiles be fast and have the chance to be fast, that is what you wish to be part of.

“I really feel like what I can carry to the group is maintain our qualifying performances going, but in addition have the ability to enhance on our race tempo, which I really feel like between me and the group, we ought to be ticking plenty of these packing containers.

“There’s simply plenty of actually nice issues that everyone at RLL is doing, which made that such an attractive alternative. Once more, like I stated, it wasn’t one specific factor, it was simply the group may be very, excellent throughout the board.”

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda

Picture by: Artwork Fleischmann

Harvey added that he believed being with RLL would elevate his personal degree of efficiency, citing Rahal’s means to save lots of tyres as a ability he desires to enhance on.

“I used to be significantly impressed with Graham’s tyre degradation all through the races,” he stated.

“We for positive had good tyre deg at some tracks, and I assumed our gas saving was sturdy, however there have been different tracks the place I feel we burnt the tyres off a bit of bit extra.

“I simply wish to go make myself higher. I wish to elevate myself, to raise Graham, elevate the group, after which inherently elevate myself once more as a result of all the opposite individuals have raised the bar.”

Harvey stated that he could be comfortable so as to add the IMSA endurance races to his schedule ought to the RLL group earn the deal to run BMW’s new LMDh prototypes from 2023.

“I am fairly free on them weekends, so if he wished to perhaps make that occur, I’d be fairly enthusiastic about it!” he stated.

“That being stated, my first focus clearly is to verify the #45 Hy-Vee Honda is working on the entrance, and in my expertise in racing up to now, good outcomes on observe make different issues occur.

“So earlier than we get carried away on pondering and dreaming about different championships, my primary focus, my solely focus is the IndyCar Sequence.

“To reply the query, sure, I’d undoubtedly be focused on doing it. I feel LMDh goes to be a completely superior program. Who is aware of what’ll occur in that division within the first place?

“However my focus after all is to stay to IndyCar till we’re getting the job executed there.”

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