LAS VEGAS (March X, 2019) – The No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet entry driven by Ed Jones challenges for momentum in Round Two of the NTT IndyCar series at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Round Two of the NTT IndyCar series brings Jones and the No. 20 head-to-head with competition on one of North America’s finest circuits. Jones returns to the track more determined than ever to prove he is podium worthy after a battle at the front of the field in St. Petersburg cut his race short. As a result of the contact, Jones sustained a small non-displaced fracture of the distal fourth metacarpal in his left ring finger. Immediately after returning home to Miami,Florida he met with a hand surgeon for proper splinting and will be re-evaluated by INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows at COTA. It is expected that Jones will resume his driving duties with no restrictions.
This is the first time COTA has been featured on the IndyCar calendar. Before the IndyCar Spring Training in February very few drivers had ever raced the 3.427-mile circuit. The test gave Jones time to familiarize himself with the circuit and coordinate setup options for the No. 20 with the team. He will rely on a combination of raw speed and clever strategy to come out on top at the end of the two hour and 15-minute race event.
For Jones COTA offers an opportunity to get back on track with a positive result.
“I’m excited for COTA because we’ve improved upon a few things we found at the test while there,” Jones said. “St. Pete was obviously a frustrating weekend but, on the upside, we showed a lot of potential. We made a lot of gains and showed how competitive we can be. So, it has given me a boost of confidence and I’m sure for the team. We’ll start off on a better foot going into the start of next weekend. We showed we can be right up there at the front. We just have to keep working at thing and the results will come.”
The IndyCar Classic weekend at Circuit of the Americas begins Friday, March 22 with practice one and two. Saturday, March 23 begins with one final practice before qualifying rounds begin. Race Day is Sunday, March 24 with the green flag set to drop at 1:30 p.m. ET. The race is broadcast live on NBCSN, the program begins at 1 p.m. Follow all the action on Scuderia Corsa social media channels: Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderia.Corsa.