IndyCar: Jones tallies another top ten finish under Texas floodlights

IndyCar: Jones tallies another top ten finish under Texas floodlights

Ed Jones fought hard to tally the fifth top ten finish of his sophomore Verizon IndyCar Series campaign at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend (8/9 June), continuing a positive recent run for the talented Dubai, UAE-born ace at the fiercely-disputed pinnacle of US open-wheel competition.

Jones travelled to the 1.5-mile, high-banked superspeedway buoyed by a brilliant rostrum result on the streets of Detroit a week earlier. The Chip Ganassi Racing star lapped tenth-quickest amongst the 22 high-calibre protagonists in the first free practice session, before conquering sweltering midday conditions – with the track temperature surpassing 130 degrees Fahrenheit – to average 218.120mph in qualifying.

That was sufficient to put the No.10 NTT DATA car 13th on the grid for the following evening’s 248-lap DXC Technology 600 – the third of six oval races on the 2018 IndyCar calendar and the midway point of the season – barely a tenth-of-a-second-a-lap adrift of four-time title-winning team-mate Scott Dixon.

Jones improved to ninth in night-time final practice – posting the fourth-fastest non-tow speed, which calculates outright pace – but when the race blasted into life under the Texas spotlights, he initially found himself struggling for balance behind the wheel of his 720bhp Dallara-Honda single-seater.

That prompted an earlier-than-scheduled first pit-stop to make several tweaks to the wing, which dropped the 2016 Indy Lights Champion and 2017 IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’ to the very foot of the top 20. He pitted again on lap 71 for an air pressure adjustment, but progressively battled his way back through the field and even briefly hit the front just past half-distance – one of only seven drivers to lead a lap – before making his third pit visit.

By lap 138, Jones was the quickest driver on the track and he was running inside the top ten when the yellow flags flew once more on lap 173 for a two-car accident. The 23-year-old Brit rose as high as seventh in the closing stages, but a drive-through penalty for inadvertently jumping the re-start – one of three competitors to fall foul of the officials in that respect – restricted him to ninth at the chequered flag.

That nevertheless secured Jones another solid points haul to consolidate his grasp on 12th spot in the overall standings ahead of the next outing on 23/24 June – the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, where last year, he finished a highly competitive seventh.

“I always love going to Texas Motor Speedway,” enthused the former European F3 Open Champion, who is being coached by multiple IndyCar title-holder and Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti. “It was a big event for our sponsor NTT DATA, and we wanted to put on a great show to give them something to cheer about. Huge thanks to everyone for coming along – they’re an amazing group of people and I’m proud to represent them.

“The weekend was a bit different this year, with the change in the amount of downforce we have available. The conditions were a little difficult on the first day too, but I was happy with the NTT DATA car and whilst we just missed the balance slightly in qualifying, we were nonetheless in a good place to go racing.

“Unfortunately, in the opening stint, we were still struggling with the balance and that cost us a lot of ground. At the first two pit-stops, we were able to improve the car and we ran really strongly in the middle phase, only for a drive-through penalty and badly-timed yellow to set us back again. It was a tough race, but considering the issues we had, I think we should be pleased to come away with ninth. Congratulations to my team-mate Scott for the win.

“I’m very happy with the recent results we’ve achieved, but we know there remains more to be done to elevate us to the next level and with that in mind, I’m already looking forward to Road America. Bring it on!”

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7 hrs ago

MotoGP

Throwing it back to the #Moto2 race of the #BritishGP 2012 🇬🇧

Enjoy the last laps battle for the 2nd place between Marquez and Redding! ⚔️

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duel one on one in the final lap marquez lose .....

I was there.....Brilliant racing!!

Very drunk day but remember the race. Loved watching Scott race. All packed and ready for Silverstone Thursday morning.

Fantastic battle 👍

I was there, great finish. Home crowd went wild when Redding got back in front, then deadly silent when Marquez had a look up inside on last bend, then wild again when Redding cut back across. Amazing stuff!

Awesome pictures!

Un genio muy buenos

Amazing

Very nice

Very nice

All these guys are big talents. Many riders like Pol Espargaro, Alvaro Bautista, Bradley Smith, Antony West & many more are great riders and capable of winning championships ( capable ). People underestimate these guys by their bad results, but really..top material is key in these classes, especially in the MotoGp class. Give them a solid ride and they'll blow your mind

special suter chassis for marc and mysterious team 😉 after marc step up to motogp, this team directly disappear, nobody know where are they now.

Redding never got the ride he deserved.

2019, #93 is the winner..😋🏁

Nice to see Scott Redding giving him lesson <3 (y)

Just shows how good Redding was but never really got the bike to really take it to them in Motogp.

Man, I miss Scott Redding in the padock "let's get it babi"

Muy buena carrera no apta para cardíacos 🤭🤭🤭

Forget just how good Redding could have been with a decent bike

Nice

Nice to see maq battle for other place than 1st

Kaj mu je pa SCOTT REDDING naredil,šale in kape.😀

Bring back Redding

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9 hrs ago

MotoGP

The dramatic moment which cost Marc Márquez a shot at victory at Silverstone two years ago! 😱

The world champion's misfortune opened the door for Andrea Dovizioso to snatch the win! 💨

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Good Day all.

Unlikely to be repeated! Hope Dovi brings his A game though. 👍🏼👍🏼

Saya Mie Halim moh top fan sama sama

Gave the rest a chance

So what's new?? Sometimes these kind of technical failures happens in Motorsport... Very rare that engine blow sky high to premier class bike.

Fast forward >>>> he is the world champion!!

I love coming here and waiting for all the Yellow gob smokers.

I thought "the legend" was gonna win that day.. 😅

Was at this race, and that bike blowing up was almost as good as a Rossi win 😀

RAre footage for sure

Ah, I could watch that Honda blow up all day every day...

Alex Groenewold finger cross 😅👍.. voor komend weekend

#MM93 Come Back STRONGER! 💪💪💪😎👍👍👍

Wow

Wow

And finaly , the boss MM93 won the title one more time

Nothing can stop him not even a broken bike ! Simply the king of MotoGP !

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12 hrs ago

F1

Cue the celebrations, Bob! 🍾👏 ... See Less

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( •_•) ( >💎 oh! Preciosa insignia! /︶\

Must be an awesome feeling..I certainly Would love to work with f1 even if it was to clean a window.

Nice. Long time lots of great words over the years

Awesome to get behind the scenes!

I love the voice of that guy

Cheers to the great Bob!!!

Amazing. I remember this voice. Thanks.

More than 660 wow ! I mean that’s amazingly nice, being with the next generation sharing your experience & catching something new from them it’s a nice way. Good going Bob keep it up & don’t forget to change the baton when you still can... 👍

It’s nice to now be able to put a name/face to the voice. Keep up the good work Bob. 🎤 🔈

Bobs Brilliant we love Bob in our house 👍🏻

Love these little insights into the F1 community 👍

Amazing with the “carmen opera” music

Awesome to put the face to the voice.

Hey I’m a top fan again, but it is really cool to put a face to the voice. I never really thought about it till I saw this

Big respect for Bob cheers 🍾🍾

I now have proof of what he does when he goes away. He is my legend

I should celebrate with champagne too after being promoted to top fan for god knows what reason 😂

I always wondered who did the podium announcements and if it was done locally or in England. 👍

Finally we get to see the man! 🙌🏻

Thanks for the Top Fan position!

Never seen the man behind the legendary announcements !

Wait, what if he is the meow guy! 😆

Always wondered who did the podium announcements and now we can put a face to the voice

660 races and counting .....give Bob some champaaaaaaaagne!! 🍾🍾

The unsung hero of F1 😁😂🍾

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