AUSTIN, Texas (March 24, 2019) – Scuderia Corsa driver Ed Jones and his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet entry finished 14th in the first annual IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
A fight for consistency colored Jones race as he and the NTT IndyCar field wavered between cloudy and sunny weather conditions which significantly affected the track behavior. Setup changes made to the No. 20 after qualifying challenged Jones throughout the 60-lap race. The IndyCar Classic saw its only caution come out on lap 44. The field reshuffled, and Jones moved up to eighth; the jump into the top 10 came in time with smart strategy as the leaders all were forced to pit during the caution.
The field went green on lap 51, and Jones received the call from his pit stand that he could race hard until the checkered flag waved. Jones willed his No. 20 machine to hold the position as a dog fight ensued around him. Jones fought off a list of veteran drivers but ultimately relinquished his position to settle 14th overall.
For Jones, COTA was a test of patience and a mixture of trial and error.
“We made a few changes for the start which we thought would help the car in the race, but clearly it was the wrong way,” Jones said. “It seems the No. 21 car had quite a big advantage, so we’ll need to take a look at that. I made the most of what I had today. We were a bit unlucky, because of tire degradation we went to the black tires for the end. With the yellow coming out, we ended up just being a sitting duck. We did the best we could, and I think we were the second car on the black tires. It was a long, tough race but we’ll learn from this and move forward for Barber.”
The next NTT IndyCar race takes place April 7 for the 10th annual Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by AmFirst at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Practice kicks off Friday, April 5 with two practice sessions. One final practice and qualifying take place on Saturday, April 6. The green flag drops Sunday, April 7 at 4:15 p.m. ET. The two-hour race is broadcast live on NBCSN and streamed with NBC Sports Gold. Follow all the action on Scuderia Corsa social media channels: Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderia.Corsa