IndyCar: Jones maintains upward momentum with Road America top ten charge

IndyCar: Jones maintains upward momentum with Road America top ten charge

Ed Jones claimed the sixth top ten finish of his sophomore Verizon IndyCar Series campaign – and fourth in swift succession – at Road America last weekend (23/24 June), but the Chip Ganassi Racing star was made to work hard for it after an opening lap delay dropped him down the order and set the stage for an eye-catching recovery effort.

Universally popular amongst drivers, Road America is a 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, boasting a long and illustrious history and posing a stern challenge to competitors. Having clinched pole position there two years ago on his way up the ladder in Indy Lights and wound up seventh last season as an IndyCar rookie, Jones returned with a strong record and a new partnership with global commerce-enabling technology leader First Data.

After initially struggling for speed behind the wheel of his 720bhp Dallara-Honda single-seater, the talented young Dubai, UAE-born ace and his crew focussed specifically on aero balance, and consistent progression saw Jones gain more than a second in lap time between the first free practice session and qualifying.

That secured the 2016 Indy Lights Champion and 2017 IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’ 12th on the grid amongst the 23 high-calibre contenders, less than two tenths-of-a-second shy of Ganassi team-mate Scott Dixon – the defending race-winner, current championship leader and a man with no fewer than four titles to his credit at the fiercely-disputed pinnacle of US open-wheel competition.

“Road America is one of my favourite tracks on the IndyCar schedule,” acknowledged Jones. “The team was refreshed and ready to attack following a weekend off, and the guys on the First Data car worked hard and made some great changes after we were missing something in practice. I was a lot more confident in qualifying and felt we were going in the right direction. Indeed, without getting held up, I think we would have been capable of advancing into the ‘Firestone Fast Six’.”

The 23-year-old Brit duly entered the following day’s 55-lap KOHLER Grand Prix in optimistic mood. After falling to 17th at the start when Will Power suddenly and unexpectedly slowed – inadvertently boxing the No.10 car in – he immediately set about fighting back and within five laps had impressively regained all of the lost ground. Making the most of a three-stop strategy, Jones rose as high as seventh and featured up towards the sharp end throughout, ultimately flashing past the chequered flag in ninth position.

That marked the former European F3 Open Champion’s 11th career top ten finish from 27 races, consolidating 12th spot in the overall standings ahead of the next outing on the 2018 calendar – a return to oval competition – at Iowa Speedway on 8 July.

“It was a tough start to the race,” reflected Jones, who is being coached this year by multiple IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. “We kind of got sandwiched in when one of the cars ahead had an engine issue, which meant my side of the grid got stacked up and I had nowhere to go.

“That dropped us down the order and cost us a ton of track position which was hard to get back, but the First Data car was really fast and we were able to pass a lot of people over the remaining laps. The team did a good job in the pits, and we’ll keep fighting and moving forward. It’s been a great last few races for Ganassi, and that shows we have the speed we need to win and compete at the front.”

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53 minutes ago

MotoGP

What a dramatic start we saw at Silverstone! 😱

Thankfully, Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso were able to walk away from this scary crash! 💥

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Yer was so lucky. Sucks miller lost in the hole shot after qualifying strong

Dovi is out of luck this season. So sad to see a competitive rider ruling out of the race.

Wishing Dovi a speedy recovery.

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Absolutely horrific. Was anxious to see if Dovi got up. Thankfully he did. Wishing both riders swift recovery.

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I was right next to this incident, both Dovi and Fabio were limping as they walked away, hope both are ok, what a fantastic race, Rins and Marc in a dogfight to the end, top day !!

Ducati is a weak bike, crash and burn 😜😆😆😆

Athleticism of MotoGP riders are amazing.. be safe.

Fucking rins lost grip and Fabio has to drop throttle and did a high side

Get well soon.. A big thanks to Quart and Dovi, Rossi got the 4th or else he will be 6th 😂

Hope Dovi will be fine 🤕

Why did his bike catch fire, very unusual. Just one of those things.

Dovi lost his memory after the crash.. 😢

Dovi was lucky to walk away from that .

Such a bad luck for Dovi 🤷🏻‍♂️

I just hope that Dovi is okay that was a terrible thing to watch.

In situations where dovi needs the most points 😱

Never nice to see anyone hit the tarmac that hard. I think it could’ve been a proper scrap at the front if they had both been in the mix

Unlucky that's only an expression thoug ☺ but they're desire a luck to fulfilling their achievement

Both walking away? Dovi was on the brancard and in the hospital.

Arrêtez vos titres racoleurs... Y a rien de dramatique... L'accident de Marco Simoncelli ...ça c'est dramatique ,pas 2 mecs qui se pèlent et qui se relèvent tant bien que mal, c'est chiant c'est douloureux c'est désolant pour leur championnat mais pas dramatique...

Fabio was unlucky. not his fault anyway. Rins had a moment of sliding and Fabio have to react and ended up this way. Hope Dovi is okay.

Rins had a moment of sliding..Fabio goes hard on the brake to avoid Rins and cause him to slide and crashed. Dovi just had nowhere to avoid that. Was unlucky.

Get well soon Fabio and yellow fans hero in Austria (Andrea Dovizioso).

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1 hr ago

MotoGP

"I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today" - Alex Rins

Here his reaction after his impressive last corner win yesterday! 🏆

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#MAESTRO 🔥👌❤ WELL DONE RINS

Be great to see suzuki up near the top👍. He's a talented rider.

Well done mate a great ride.

Great rider coming up 👌

Spectacular effort, congratulations on an awesome win.

A superb race Alex. Once more, Congratulations. You certainly deserve them. A remarkable finish and fight till the finish line. This is what Moto GP should be all about. Great job 😉

A fantastic rider with an amazing machine!!! Congratulations Álex Rins!!!

Congratulations

Congrats Alex!!

Please tell him Marquez is still not a legend yet.

Wake me up when u winning the championship

So, MM can be beaten at his own game. Every dog has its day.

One fact he gracefully accepts there are only two legends on the current grid: "I've beaten two legends: Rossi in Texas and Marquez today"

Muy bueno #Rins42👍

Credit where it's due, great ride. The Suzuki is where Yamaha should be.

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Love this guy so honest not like MM93

Congratulations Rins👏👏💪

Yamaha m1, factory team need to replace Rossi, to progress, That's from a top Rossi fan.

And the coverage kept showing the yamaha pit why

During the race Rin's was definitely by far the better rider💪🏼+ the bike Suzuki performed well under pressure 🔥..

EPIC EPIC EPIC RACE TO WATCH ! WELL DONE ALEX !

Il lui as mis sa dose au Marquez. 2 gp de suite qu'il se fait cramer 😂😂😂 #marqueznecongelepluslecarburant

What an honest guy. It must feel great to defeat two of the greatest legends the MotoGP has to offer

Masa I follow markes td,I rasa motor dia tak la laju mane pun..sebab lepas potong rossi terus I cucuk angin motor dia..hahaha

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14 hrs ago

F1

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

My pick is Red Bull and Honda. They were a distant third, and they showed that careful hard work done with purpose makes progress. They’re certainly not outspending Ferrari, but managed to leapfrog them with smarter and more effective development

Red Bull. They were in solid 3rd place in Australia till Austria. Completely missed the mark with the new front wings but completely turned it around. And of course Honda. Every "expert" on here "knew" better than Red Bull, and here they are, all stuck with feet in their mouths.

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19 hrs ago

F1

The crash 💥 The surprise 😱 The battle ⚔️

Spa treated us to a scintillating race last season ⚡️
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I can't wait for next weekend. Spa always produces some awesome action

That Vettel move was such a good sign and made so much hope for the title in 2018, but then horror began and continued until today 😞 I hope that Vettel will win at least one of the next two races, maybe the last chances this year

The circuit spa is amazing..

Leclerc was lucky with the halo there. Things could have ended very badly.. Also, the 4 car moment at the end of the first sector was amazing👌

I was there with my sons. Last years

Counting the days and hours for the arrival of the weekend. It is impressive, the spectacles provided in this SPA GP!

I remember this race.The best thing was Ocon almost overtook Vettal overtaking Hamilton. Ocon has to sit in the Mercedes at some point in the future.

What a race! Hoping for the same again next week 👍

Was that the very last time Vettel won a race? Wow an entire year has gone by.

Going to be interesting this year, couple nice long almost straights that Ferrari can hopefully lay down the power, those midrange corners that Red Bull look so comfortable going through at high speed, than the tighter sections that Mercedes just seems to find seconds on other cars, needless to say either Ferrari or Red Bull let the Mercedes go and that’s race over, but Charles or Max get in front of Lewis it’s going to be a great race

I have a feeling that the Ferraris will do it again. We will not hear the name verstappen so much this weekend.

Lets see next week if merc and redbull will match the straigth line speed of ferrari. Cant wait the qualifying and race on sunday.

Was a good race, hoping this yr will be just as good

I wanna know what LeClerc's thoughts process was as a McLaren flies over the top of him 😂

Clamoroso come Charlie Whiting aspettò che Vettel superasse Hamilton per dare il via alla Safety Car

Beyoncé would be proud of the Halo!

So the halo works。。👍🏼👍🏼

People cry about the halo but Charles had luck to have it.

What an overtake from Ferrari that was ...I missed the 2018's Ferrari ....not this SP90

This Race showed why the Halo Makes completly sense. Leclercs carrer could have Ended Right there

That's also why "even" Perez is a better racer than Ocon. My opinion. Look at the drag race after Eau Rouge coming up to Le Combes

Waited until Seb past Hamilton to safety car the race...who remembers this🤦🏾‍♂️🤔

Was there watching sat in the stadium right on that corner, exciting stuff!

Only one week to go, before lights out!

According to the Finnish media, Mercedes is gonna announce Bottas staying for 1 more year.

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