IndyCar: Jones fights through the field for valuable points on challenging Canadian weekend

IndyCar: Jones fights through the field for valuable points on challenging Canadian weekend

Ed Jones had to dig deep in yesterday’s Honda Indy Toronto (15 July), fighting hard to take the chequered flag nine places higher than he started on a gruelling day around the streets of the Canadian city.

Verizon IndyCar Series sophomore Jones boasts an excellent street circuit record and having finished on the podium in Toronto on his way up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder in Indy Lights, he returned in optimistic mood.

“I was really looking forward to the weekend,” acknowledged the talented young Dubai, UAE-born ace, who is being coached this year by multiple IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. “We were very quick in the last two street races in Detroit, and – Iowa aside – we arrived off the back of a positive recent run of results in the NTT DATA car, so the aim was to continue that good form.”

Jones lapped inside the top ten from the outset in the high-calibre, 23-strong field, focusing his free practice efforts on fine-tuning the set-up of his 720bhp Dallara-Honda single-seater to adapt to the ever-changing conditions and cope with the bumps that famously characterise the demanding 11-turn, 1.786-mile track – scene of the second longest-running street race in IndyCar history.

Another top ten performance in the final practice session – less than a quarter-of-a-second adrift of championship-leading Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Scott Dixon, four times a title-winner at the fiercely-disputed pinnacle of US open-wheel competition – left the 23-year-old Brit feeling bullish about his prospects for qualifying, but the weather had other ideas.

The combination of rain and a fully dry set-up on the No.10 NTT DATA entry resulted in contact with the unforgiving barriers, costing Jones both his front wing and two fastest laps and restricting him to just 21st on the grid for the following day’s 85-lap contest – unaccustomed territory indeed.

Undeterred, the 2016 Indy Lights Champion and 2017 IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’ proved his potential with the sixth-best time in Sunday morning’s pre-race warm-up, before making a feisty start to rise four spots to 17th on the opening tour, subsequently picking up another place when a driver ahead made a mistake on lap five.

Swiftly settling into a multi-car scrap over 13th, Jones opted to make an off-sequence first pit-stop on lap 14 in a bid to leapfrog his immediate rivals around a circuit where overtaking is notoriously tricky, but a stalled engine cost him more than half-a-minute and dropped him to the tail of the pack.

Narrowly avoiding going a lap down, the former European F3 Open Champion confidently kept the race leader behind him in evidence of his raw pace and pushed hard to regain ground. Deftly navigating his way past a first corner mêlée not long before mid-distance – in which he came within literally inches of being wiped out – Jones went on to duel wheel-to-wheel with defending champion Josef Newgarden and former Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi. He had closed to within sight of a top ten finish by the chequered flag and ultimately flashed across the line in 12th at the end of a hot, humid and physically punishing encounter.

“That wasn’t the weekend we wanted,” he candidly reflected. “I was happy with the way we unloaded with the NTT DATA car in free practice, but qualifying was a tough one for us. It was the first time we had run in the wet all weekend and while the No.9 team elected to go with a full wet set-up, we went full dry. It obviously started raining, and we struggled for traction.

“On my lap, I just lost the rear end and there was nothing I could do about it. That was super frustrating, as we had time in the car to advance for sure. It left us with a lot of work to do in the race, but we knew we had good speed and we were well up for the fight.

“Unfortunately, however, things just didn’t seem to go our way again. With some early pit-stop strategy and the way the race played out we were able to make up nine positions, but we wanted more than that. Hopefully we can come back stronger at Mid-Ohio in a few weeks.”

The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be the 13th of 17 outings on the 2018 IndyCar schedule and takes place on 27-29 July.

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2 hrs ago

F1

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The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

Turn damage on for Christ sake will prevent a lot of the stupid driving and dive bombs

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

Thats a joke Man... IRL that race over in the 1st lap.

Good for a laugh, it would be like competitive louge.

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

Must put damage on... it is a carnage going on there!

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

These have been great, hope they continue!!

Gutiérrez torpedoed everyone Pastor will be proud of him

Esteban Gutierez just enjoying the map like Mario Kart 😂

Damage was needed to make it feel a bit more realistic

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5 hrs ago

F1

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Super unrealistic...

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Good old Karting move 👍

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

100% Prost v Senna

In real life that's a 10 sec penalty God I love these virtual races

Súper real los golpes que se dan y siguen como si nada...👏🏼👏🏼

Isso pq vcs não viram o que fizeram em romrom17 .com hilariante!

Si los duelos en monaco fuera asi en vida real, no me quiero imaginar las demas carreras jaja

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5 hrs ago

F1

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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous driving...so what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

They really need to mount guns and oil slicks and mix things up. 😜

Wow he even crash in virtual race.

N'importe quoi et croire que les gens regardent ça . Je suis très fan et je regarde autant de grand prix que possible mais a regarder des gamins joué Dsl

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9 hrs ago

MotoGP

An emotional day for all involved as Tatsuki Suzuki handed SIC 58 Squadra CORSE victory at the circuit named after the late Marco Simoncelli ❤️

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What an emotional race. Amazing.

Refunds???????

Dominik Leder

en ik ook

Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

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9 hrs ago

24H Series

Yesterday during the 12H MONZA, Munckhof Racing powered by No Fear Energy Drink and Ciceley Motorsport side by side during the race! 🏎️💥

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Yesterday during the 12H MONZA, Munckhof Racing powered by No Fear Energy Drink and Ciceley Motorsport side by side during the race! 🏎️💥

#thisisendurance #24HSERIES #24HSERIES2020 #motorsport #12HMONZA #racing #iracing #esports

9 hrs ago

MotoGP

How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
Does he like pineapple on a pizza? 🍍🍕
What's his favourite #MotoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPhis and more about the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider in our Quick Fire questions ⁉️
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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Vale you are really Amazing!!!! Good luck!!! We Love ❤💛 YOU!!!!

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

T-shirt salesman

rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

Che cazzo dici Vale? Mayonnaise su pizza? Perche no Vegemite?!? 🤣🤣🤙🤙

RETIRE already!!!!!!!!

Jamais de sous titre sur vos vidéos sa commence à être lourd

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