Ed Jones continued his impressive rookie season with a strong drive to seventh place during Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series event at Road America, a track he admits is one of his favourites on the calendar.
The Dale Coyne Racing driver moved back into the top ten in the championship standings as a result of his performance around the Elkhart Lake circuit, with Jones admitting to feeling confident heading into the weekend.
“Road America is one of my favourite tracks in the United States,” said Jones. “It was good to go back to a road course, and we felt well-prepared after the positive test day there.
“The team was also competitive at Road America last season, so we had a decent starting point and we were confident we had a good package underneath us and that the circuit should suit us.”
Jones was initially disappointed to only qualify eleventh during Saturday’s qualifying session, but despite a loose car on race day, he was able to drive aggressively and capitalise on some good pit stops by his mechanics to finish seventh, just ahead of Graham Rahal, Max Chilton and Mikhail Aleshin.
“The car was loose but fast for qualifying, and it was really loose again on Sunday – I was hanging on throughout the race!” said Jones. “Most people went for a similar strategy, but the DCR boys did a great job and some good pit-stops helped us to progress through the field.
“Everyone was aggressive and it was hard racing, but we came out with a seventh-place finish and moved up a little bit in the points, so we’ll definitely take that.”