Rookie sensation Ed Jones continued his remarkable form with a 7th place finish in the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. The result pushed Jones – de facto team lead for Dale Coyne Racing – in to the top 10 of the Verizon IndyCar series point standings.
Starting 11th the reigning IndyLights champion was in the top 10 for the majority of the Road America event despite car handling issues.
“It was a really tough race. We had a loose car yesterday, it was loose but fast for qualifying and today again the car was really loose” explained Jones. “I was hanging on the whole race.”
Hard racing for Ed Jones at Road America
Hard racing up and down the field saw multiple drivers pit for repairs, including Jones’ teammate Esteban Gutierrez.
“I had to pit a few times to change the front wing to try and see if there was any damage or anything. It was hard to understand what was going on. It was a very tough race but… I definitely learned quite a lot out there” explained the returning Gutierrez.
Aggressive racing and strategy
Jones however managed to keep his nose clean and claim another well-deserved points paying finish: “Obviously, the strategy was pretty similar to everyone else. Everyone was aggressive out there, it was hard racing but we came out with a seventh place, and we moved up a little bit in the points.” This was Jones’ 5th top 10 finish of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar season.
Despite a two-week break in the IndyCar schedule, Jones and Gutierrez travel to Iowa for a test on Tuesday. Both cars will run as Mexican Gutierrez completed his rookie orientation ahead of the Iowa Corn 300 July 9.