Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey Indycar 500 Live will drive in the world-famous Indianapolis 500 after securing a seat with Andretti Autosport.The former British Formula 3 champion will make his IndyCar Series debut in the 101st running of the famous race on May 28.The Bassingham racing driver has been without a drive since finishing second in the Indy Lights series in 2015, a season which saw him win six races.And the 23-year-old says it is a dream come true to finally step up to America's premier racing class.To get my first opportunity to drive with Andretti Autosport is a dream come true because everybody knows what a great team they are," said Harvey.COMMENT: Talent my not be enough for Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey“There's nobody that has a better opportunity than what I have got. I think a lot of the regular-season drivers would like to have it.
“I think for any driver, trying to compete in the 500 would be a bucket list race. I came [to the race] in 2014 for the first time.I honestly didn't really realise what the 500 was all about, the significance of it, the grandeur of it. But I fell in love with it. It is truly the greatest sporting spectacle I've ever seen.Harvey will drive Andretti Autosport's No.50 Honda in a partnership with longtime team sponsor AutoNation.READ MORE: Indycar breakthrough on horizon for racing driver Jack HarveyAnd after winning on the circuit in the Freedom 100 race, Michael Andretti, CEO of Andretti Autosport, believes the talented Brit will be competitive in the team's fifth car.Andretti also pointed out that it was his rookie driver, Alexander Rossi, who won last year's historic 100th Indy 500.He [Harvey] hasn't driven an Indy Car, but he's won in Indy Lights, he's won the Freedom 100," said Andretti.
“We know what Indy Lights are all about, we know what it takes to win those races. If you can win there, you can be competitive in the big cars.We feel very confident that Jack's going to be able to do Indycar 500 Live a good job for us, contribute to the effort of the other four cars. I think he has a shot at winning at least rookie of the year and an outside chance at winning the race. We saw a rookie won there last year, right? You never know.Pippa Mann, 33, who grew up in Leiston and lived in Ipswich, will drive for the Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar team in the prestigious race on Sunday, May 28, widely considered to be one of the top three motorsport races in the world with the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans.The race will be Mann’s sixth time at the famous ‘Yard of Bricks’, returning to the Dale Coyne team and being reunited with race engineer Rob Ridgeley.For me, I am in this incredibly fortunate position where I know I have a team standing behind me, who actively want me in one of their cars.
“I have a team owner who believes in me, and who helps me to make this happen,” she said.It’s still a process that requires a huge amount of hard work on all sides, and finding the sponsorship to make everything come together is still exceptionally tough, but we always approach this from the point of view that we’re trying to work together again, and we’re both going to do everything we can to make that happen.”Last year Mann finished 18th – her best result at the 2.5mile speedway, but is aiming for a top 15 finish this year and a “stretch-goal” of trying to crack the top 10.The team has already been buoyed by a win in the first race of the season for ex-F1 driver Sebastien Bourdais, who came from the back of the field to win in St Petersburg.Dad Clive Mann will be making the trip from Suffolk to Indianapolis to show his support on race day, having been the one responsible for her becoming a race fan, and then competitor.
Uniquely for a race driver Mann will be racing with the traditional pink and white colours marking her continued tie-up with Susan G Komen – one of the world’s largest breast cancer charities – and aims to help raise money and awareness. In the last two years she has helped raise more than $100,000 for the cause.The more time I spend working with Indycar 500 Live Stream Susan G. Komen, and the more women and men, and families I meet, all who have been touched by breast cancer, the more important this tie-up becomes to me personally.At the same time, women I meet are still passing away, so it’s never enough,” she said. I always said growing up that I would never be the girl in pink at the race track, and look at me now!”To follow Mann’s progress, follow @PippaMann on Twitter or visit her website here.The race will be broadcast live on BT Sport on Sunday, May 28.