Jack Harvey says there is an 80% chance he will be racing in IndyCar next season

Lincoln racing driver Jack Harvey has revealed he is in talks with a number of teams about a potential step up to the world-renowned IndyCar competition next year.

The 22-year-old said he hopes to be getting into contractual talks with teams within the next few weeks and he’s hopeful he will have something to announce soon.

Jack Harvey is optimistic on a move to IndyCar (Photo: Driven Communications)

Jack Harvey is optimistic on a move to IndyCar (Photo: Driven Communications)

The Bassingham driver finished second in the IndyLights series, the development series for the prestigious IndyCar competition, in 2014 and 2015 and wants to make a step up next year.

When asked about moving on to IndyCar, Harvey said: “That’s the only aim really. I have no interest in doing IndyLights again.

“I just don’t think it’s necessary because I’ve done two years now and finished second both times and I could have turned them into championship victories.

“Now’s the time to move forward into the IndyCar. That’s what I’ve been working towards and there’s some really good opportunities.”

Harvey was again close this year to winning the IndyLights series, finishing second behind American rookie Spencer Pigot.

Despite the overall disappointment, he won twice on the circuit in the Indianapolis Grand Prix and Freedom 100 race.

And Harvey was satisfied with his overall display throughout the season.

“If you look at it on paper, I suppose second is better than third. We had high expectations and we were leading going into the final race.

“But it didn’t quite work out for numerous reasons that were out of my control and the team’s control.

“Unfortunately, what we experienced this year was some of the politics behind racing, which is kind of a tough pill to swallow.

“However, I was racing against people behind me who would have taken second from their position.”

Harvey was speaking at the 2015 Lincolnshire Sports Awards on Thursday evening, where he missed out on winning the Sportsman of the Year award for a third time to British Superbike and Isle of Man TT rider Peter Hickman.

However, Harvey was not discouraged by his loss and praised the different array of personalities and abilities that were up for awards

He said: “There were 17 awards and probably a handful were for specific athletes and what they’ve achieved.

“There were lots of volunteer and team awards; without these people there is no sport.

“Everybody’s here tonight because they’ve done a fantastic job through 2015 so my emotions are just happy to be here and to be one of the nominated guys again.”