Jack Harvey began his IndyCar season with an 11th-place finish at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday.
The Meyer Shank Racing driver qualified the AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda on the inside of the sixth row on Saturday for the start of the 90-lap race.
Shortly after taking the green flag, an opening lap melee ensued going into turn five as several cars were collected right in front of Harvey, who escaped without damage.
Harvey drove to as high as seventh, but with several different pit strategies in play he was on the tail end of the train of top 10 cars.
The team’s strategy called for Harvey to save fuel during the final stint of the race in order to have extra fuel left at the end to attack.
Unfortunately lapped traffic in the last six laps of the race hindered Harvey’s progress and he crossed the checkers 11th in the order.
“We started 11th and finished 11th,” said Harvey.
“Our pace on Firestone reds was definitely not as strong as we would have hoped that it would have been and it definitely put us back compared to the cars ahead.
"But on the flip side we were flying on (Firestone) blacks. The guys did a mega job on the pit stops today and we have a lot of positives to take away from today."
Next up is the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg this Sunday.