INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2019) – Ed Jones found the momentum he’d been looking for to start the thrilling month of May finishing sixth after spending much of his race at the front of the NTT IndyCar field in today’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The sixth-place finish is Scuderia Corsa and Jones best finish of the 2019 IndyCar season. Jones ran within the top five for most of his race, running as high as second in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet. The No. 20 and Jones showed consistent speed over the duration of the 85-lap race. Scuderia Corsa will use the IndyCar Grand Prix finish as a springboard as the team turns its attention to the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Today’s race showed Jones maturity in his third season of IndyCar as he handled challenging weather conditions and maintained composure after light contact changed his pit strategy. Ultimately, it was pit strategy aiding in Jones late jump from ninth to fifth; he selected to switch to rain tires before many of his competitors. He steadily drove the car home to sixth after making the tire change.
For Jones, the IndyCar Grand Prix showcased his best ability.
“This was a good weekend,” Jones said. “This was the best weekend we’ve had this year. It’s good to have this going into the Indy 500. Now we can switch our focus to the oval and see what we can do there. I have always known if I have the right equipment and scenario, I can perform up front. I showed that last year and I am showing that now. It’s being in the right position at the right time.”
“It was quite tough on track today, but the crew did a great job adapting to it. It wasn’t too bad when it was a light sprinkle because with all the cars running it instantly dried. It did get difficult at the end though; I think we were a bit high on the pressures for the wet tires, so they started to fall off. Overall it was a fun race, and it had a lot of good racing. It’s great to have Scuderia Corsa on board. Having the red and white car will be great for the Indy 500, and hopefully, it will give us a little bit of extra speed as well.”
Activities for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 begin with practice Tuesday, May 14. Qualifying is set to take place Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19. The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, May 26. The 500-mile race is broadcast on NBC, check your local listing for details. Follow all the action on Scuderia Corsa social media channels: Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderia.Corsa.