IndyCar: Jones’ promising Portland pace undone by opening lap misfortune in dramatic crash between two other drivers

IndyCar: Jones’ promising Portland pace undone by opening lap misfortune in dramatic crash between two other drivers

Ed Jones produced Scott Dixon-beating pace in the penultimate round of the fiercely-disputed Verizon IndyCar Series at Portland International Raceway last weekend (30 August – 2 September), but the talented young Dubai, UAE-born ace was denied the opportunity to convert that into a strong result after getting caught up in somebody else’s incident on the opening lap of the race.

The Grand Prix of Portland marked IndyCar’s return to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in more than a decade, with all drivers taking part in a pre-event test to either familiarise or re-familiarise themselves with the 12-turn, 1.964-mile permanent road course. Putting a total of 57 laps on the board, Jones wound up eighth-quickest amongst the 25 high-calibre protagonists – just over a third-of-a-second shy of the outright benchmark.

The 2016 Indy Lights Champion and 2017 IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’ remained in or around the top ten throughout free practice in Oregon – always well within striking distance of Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Dixon. He then proceeded to out-qualify the New Zealander by more than two tenths-of-a-second to secure eighth spot on the starting grid for the race, breaking the lap record along the way with the fastest time of anybody in the first phase of the knockout session.

Not only is Dixon the current championship leader, but he is a four-time title-winner and – with 44 victories on his career CV – the third-most successful IndyCar driver ever, making Jones’ performance in equal machinery all the more impressive.

With a large crowd lining the circuit banking, the 23-year-old Brit was optimistic of a competitive showing the following day, but his race unfortunately did not last more than the opening sequence of corners, as he found himself collected in a multi-car accident sparked by a collision between James Hinchcliffe and Zach Veach immediately ahead. In the ensuing pile-up, the car of Marco Andretti flew over the top of Jones’ 720bhp Dallara-Honda single-seater – thankfully without any injuries.

The same, however, could not be said for the No.10 NTT DATA entry, with suspension damage forcing Jones out of contention on the spot. He is now fully focussed on signing off his sophomore season at the pinnacle of US open-wheel competition in style in the 2018 finale at Sonoma Raceway, California on 16 September.

“It was another weekend that sums up our year so far,” rued the former European F3 Open title-holder, who is being coached by multiple IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. “IndyCar has a long history at Portland, and it was good to see that tradition return but things didn’t go our way again.

“I wasn’t happy in practice; we weren’t where we needed to be, but we worked hard overnight to ensure the NTT DATA car would be further up the speed chart in qualifying, which was a tough session. We were quickest in the first group in round one, which was obviously good, but after that, I think with the way the track played out we went the wrong way on the balance and that hurt us. It left us battling too much understeer in the second session, and we didn’t quite have enough to advance to the Firestone Fast Six.

“Then in the race, I was simply caught up in a lap one crash that I had no chance of avoiding. It looked like Veach and Hinchcliffe were side-by-side going into Turn Two and Veach just turned right into him like he wasn’t there. He didn’t give any room and it caused a huge shunt. Andretti flew over my head and maybe even nicked my helmet.”

“I’m just glad Marco was ok and no-one got hurt in all that. I’m ok too, but really disappointed for the NTT DATA crew. We were in strong shape and hoped we would be up at the sharp end in the race. Now we move on to Sonoma, and I’m confident we can make something happen there.”

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1 hr ago

F1

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

These have been great, hope they continue!!

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

All I watched and wondering now 🤦🏻‍♂️

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

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

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

Damage was needed to make it feel a bit more realistic

Gutiérrez torpedoed everyone Pastor will be proud of him

I stopped watching cartoons when I was a child

Call this whatever you want... but not a race

ill never complain about GT sport's online again

So nice to here "Schumacher" on the commentary..

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4 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.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Good old Karting move 👍

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

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

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

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

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Super unrealistic...

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

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

Kieron Carey

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5 hrs ago

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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😂

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!

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

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

😐 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.

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

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

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

And a car goes through a car? What a nonsense.

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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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How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
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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

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

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. 😉

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

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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!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Give it a rest.......... 💤💤💤💤

Legend. Forza

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

RETIRE already!!!!!!!!

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