Racing driver Jack Harvey has qualified in 27th place on the grid for the iconic Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

The 23-year-old will be racing in the Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport 50 Honda, which has been painted pink in support of a breast cancer awareness campaign.

The Indianapolis rookie, of Bassingham, who joined the team earlier this year, said: “It is a dream come true to have qualified for the Indy500.

“I want to thank everyone back home for their ongoing support.

“Our attention now turns to Sunday’s race where we will be aiming for a clean race and to make up some places from our ninth-row starting position.”

On Saturday, Harvey posted a four lap average of 226.894mph to lock in a position on the Indianapolis 500 grid during qualifying.

Jack Harvey
Jack Harvey

The team made more progress on Sunday as Harvey clocked a lap speed of 231.433mph on his own in practice.

With positions 10th to 33rd on the grid up for grabs, Harvey came out strong with a first qualifying lap over 228mph, but that run was slowed dramatically after he made a glancing contact with the wall at the exit of the second turn on his second lap.

Despite smeared paint on the side of the car, Harvey kept his nerve to complete his final two laps.

Before a year off, Harvey twice finished runner-up in the Indy Lights, a feeder series for the Indy Car races.