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Indycar driver Jack Harvey trains at gym to be race ready

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Posted at 2:16 PM, May 07, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Before Indycar drivers hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there is a lot that goes into getting ready to race.

"The field this year is the strongest it's ever been," Indycar driver Jack Harvey said. "For a driver, May is like going to Neverland, so it's the coolest month of the year, it's the one [you] prepare hard for."

Competing at IMS, Harvey will go up against the best in racing so he's getting race ready with specialized training at Fit Flex Fly.

"His shoulder has to stabilize, his forearms are getting a workout," Mark Morgan, founder of Fit Flex Fly, said. "Two-thirds of the way through the Indy 500 we want him still to be strong. We want his neck to be strong, his forearms to be strong."

The g-force that Harvey can experience in his car can feel like at least 50 pounds pulling his head, so he uses a machine to build his muscles.

"I really wanted to simulate what he has to do in the car and I think we've come up with a really good program," Morgan said.

The heart rate of a driver can get up to 95 percent of capacity while in a race so he also focuses on high intensity interval training and cardio.

"He probably has the best heart here in the gym because he's so well conditioned," Morgan said.

Harvey trains six days a week in order to give 100 percent for himself and his team on race day.

"I don't want to be just one of the looky guys who gets to race Indycars, I want to be there competing for over a period of time Indy 500 wins, championship wins," Harvey said.