BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (April 7, 2019) – Ed Jones and the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet fought for every inch of ground made at Barber Motorsports Park during the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama to ultimately finish 19th after 90 laps of racing.
It was a race of attrition from the start for Jones and Scuderia Corsa. On lap one Jones received a penalty for jumping the start after reacting to the NTT IndyCar field checking up seconds before the field went green. Jones put his head down and focused on gaining back the lost time. The crew reacted by quickly changing the strategy for the No. 20 sponsored by Pacific Western Bank.
An alternate pit strategy was meant to gain back position and time. However, the only full course yellow caused distress in pit lane when cars rushed to their pit boxes long before race control issued the yellow flag. The delay was unexpected and created a backup in pit lane resulting in Jones being misplaced during his stop. The issue added a large quantity of time to the typically short service of fuel and tires. The field went green with Jones in 19th position; he maintained that spot to the finish.
Jones eyes are forward after an eventful weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, believing better weekends are ahead.
“We struggled the whole weekend. We made some changes this morning for today to see if we could make some improvements. In the warmup, it felt quite good, but I think we were struggling a bit for the balance in the race. We didn’t ultimately have the pace. It was a long, not very eventful race for us which is not that fun.
“I made a mistake at the start. People checked up, and I got out of line then jumped the start. We got a penalty for that. Then also in the pits at the end, there was an unsafe release which cost us probably 30 or 40 seconds there. So probably not an ideal race. I’m happy to have this weekend out of the way after the struggles. It can only get better from here.”
The next race for Scuderia Corsa is the Grand Prix of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. A home race for Scuderia Corsa’s parent company Mattioli Auto Group. The weekend begins with practice Friday, April 12. Qualifying takes place Saturday, April 13 and is followed with race day Sunday, April 14. Follow all the action on Scuderia Corsa social media channels: Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderia.Corsa.