(via AutoWeek) – IndyCar driver Jack Harvey got a chance to see a different sort of sport this past week. The British driver visited the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando to see some American college football.
“Since being in America I have really got into American football,” Harvey said. “So the AutoNation Cure Bowl is some of my favorite things in one place! The best of the Cure Bowl is truly seeing how many people benefit from the amazing support of Drive Pink. I’m proud that my IndyCar is pink to keep raising awareness for breast cancer and support AutoNation on their mission to drive out cancer.”
Friday, Harvey was able to spend some time with a charity his sponsor supports, Give Kids the World. It’s a group that provides vacations at Disney and Universal Studios to kids with life threatening illness. He also visited the Give Kids the World Village near the theme parks; a place that provides housing for the kids and their families while in Orlando.
“Spending the morning at GKTW was another incredible experience,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to give back and again, see how much the small amount of time we were there really meant to the kids and their families.
“Anything we can do to make someone’s day a little better we are always up for.”
Saturday, as part of the pre-game festivities, Harvey attended a concert by singer-songwriter Andy Grammar.
“I was a fan of Andy before his work with Drive Pink and AutoNation,” Harvey said. “So meeting him, getting to know him and his entire band was such a great added bonus. He and his band are the definition of people who deserve the success they are having with the amount of work and effort they all put in. The ‘Give Love’ tour is an amazing partnership between a great person in Andy, and company in AutoNation.”
The game itself pitted Tulane against Louisiana-Layfette. Tulane won 41-24. Harvey pointed out the similarities between American football and IndyCar.
“I think across all sports there’s some very similar fundamentals,” Harvey said. “Teamwork. Desire. Execution. All of those things are extremely important in racing as much as they are in football. It’s the sport I’ve gotten into the most since living here.”
“I’m a big Colts fan,” he added. “And hope they keep their good form going and land a wildcard spot!”
As for Harvey, he will rejoin Michael Shank Racing for 2019. He made his IndyCar Series debut in the 2017 Indy 500 with the team who then had an association with Andretti Autosport; he was back with the team and made 6 starts. For 2019 Michael Shank Racing will have a technical alliance with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports with Harvey behind the wheel for another part-time effort.
“We’re all very hopeful our racing program will expand a little next season,” he said. “I know all the guys and girls at MSR and SPM are working so hard to try and help get us to where we need to be. Right now we are very optimistic we will be on the grid more often than in 2018.”
For the near future though, it’s the offseason.
“The off season is honestly mostly about addressing the areas we didn’t do well throughout the season and trying to find solutions to them,” Harvey said. “I’ve spent a lot of time training this off season so I’m ready to start next season off really well.
“I’ve actually lost around 20lbs in preparation for 2019. Didn’t need to lose that much, but I push my team hard to improve and I certainly apply that to myself.”
“Racing aside I’ve caught up on a lot of movies and TV shows I’ve missed while racing,” he added chuckling.” I’m heading back to the UK for a couple of weeks for my dose of British life then back to America to start 2019 and have our best season yet.”