BROWNSBURG, Ind. — In a move that was widely anticipated, Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing has signed Jack Harvey to its driver line-up.
Harvey will drive the HyVee #45-car full-time in the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season. Lining him up alongside Graham Rahal as two drivers that RLL has confirmed for next season.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Harvey said. “I’ve been working towards this moment for my entire career and I’m so honored and thankful for the trust Bobby, Mike, David and Piers (Phillips, president) have placed in me.”
Harvey is making the jump to RLL after parting ways with Meyer Shank Racing, where he spent the last two seasons. His best finish with the team was fourth twice at St. Petersburg and Portland this past season.
Harvey was a successful driver in the Indy Lights ranks where he won six races with Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, including both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and the Freedom 100 in 2015.
It had been announced midway through the season that Harvey would not be returning to the MSR garage. Last week it was confirmed that Simon Pagenaud would replace him at MSR in the #60-car. Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves will make up the Meyer Shank team for the 2022 season.
” He (Harvey) and Graham (Rahal) will work well together and be a strong foundation for our driver lineup that will raise not only the level of each driver individually but of the team as a result,” said team co-owner Bobby Rahal. “I respect and appreciate his commitment and work ethic to racing on and off the track which is so key.”
“I’m eager to get to work with Graham and the entire team,” said Harvey. “We have common goals of competing for wins and championships, and I’m confident we’ll be contending from the drop of the green flag next year. This is an exciting next chapter, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.”
The only driver left uncertain for a ride next year in the Rahal stable is Takuma Sato. The two-time Indy 500 winner is already confirmed to not be returning to the RLL lineup next season. Harvey had been rumored to replace Sato in the #30-car, but with Harvey tabbed to jump in the #45-car leaves some speculation as to what RLL plans to do about filling the #30-car.