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Jack Harvey to drive Indy 500 as fifth Andretti Autosport car

Andretti Autosport has chosen British driver Jack Harvey for its fifth entry into next month's Indianapolis 500.

It will be the first IndyCar Series race for Harvey, who has raced in 30 Indy Lights events and won the British F3 championship in 2003.

"I think for any driver, trying to compete in the 500 would be a bucket list race," Harvey said Sunday. "I came [to the race] in 2014 for the first time. I honestly didn't really realize what the 500 was all about, the significance of it, the grandeur of it. I went to the 2014 race, fell in love with it. It is truly the greatest sporting spectacle I've ever seen."

Michael Andretti called Harvey "a rising talent in open-wheel racing" and noted the organization has watched him progress in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and the British F3 series.

Harvey, who turns 24 on Saturday, won at Indy in the lights races for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Freedom 100 in 2015.

He said the Indy 500 is "easily the biggest race I have entered in my career. We have been working incredibly hard over the last 18 months to make this happen, and it's hard to put into words what this means to me."

Harvey will drive the No. 50 car and join defending Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Takuma Sato in the Andretti lineup.

Longtime Andretti partner AutoNation will sponsor Harvey.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.