Jakes and Daly to Start Honda Indy Toronto in Twelfth and Nineteenth; Harvey Finishes Second in Chaotic Indy Lights Race
Toronto, Ontario – June 13, 2015 – Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Jakes advanced to the second round of Firestone Fast Six qualifying for the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday afternoon, where he earned a twelfth place spot on the starting grid for Sunday’s race.
“I’m a little bit disappointed, really,” said Jakes. “I think we had a better pace than that in the No. 7 SPM MediaTech Honda but we were used an extra set of reds in the first round of qualifying. I think that cost us a little bit, but we’re not in a bad position fortomorrow to start the race. It looks like it’s going to rain and anything can happen so we’ll just try to keep our nose clean and go from there.”
Teammate Conor Daly, filling in for the injured James Hinchcliffe in the Canadian’s hometown race, will start nineteenth.
“It was just a pretty hectic session,” said Daly. “We got the yellow in the last lap, which feels usual with my luck. So sadly, we didn’t get that last lap, which would’ve been better. The No. 5 Arrow Electronics car was feeling better with each lap, but I’ve got so much to learn and I need to learn faster, so it’s a shame.”
After the IndyCar qualifying session, the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series hit the track for the first of two races on the 11-turn, 1.75-mile temporary street circuit.
British driver Jack Harvey finished in second after a chaotic, 35-lap race.
Just before the green flag, Scott Anderson was hit in the right rear by Juan Piedrahita and spun. The contact ended his day where he started in tenth place.
Several laps later, RC Enerson was racing for position when his car made contact with the tires of the car in front of him, launching it into the air. Enerson was checked and cleared in the track medical center and finished ninth.
When the checkered flag fell, Ethan Ringel finished the race in seventh place and Harvey’s podium finish helped him hold on to his points lead in the championship.
“The start of the race was crazy,” said Harvey. “They put the acceleration zone right in the middle of the final corner and when tires are cold, we’re all sideways. RC was sideways, I was sideways. I think that’s a really bad place. Everyone went funneling into turn one and it was an absolute cluster, basically.
“Spencer [Pigot] and I had a good race but obviously RC had his big accident. When it happens to anyone, it’s bad. When it’s your teammate and friend, that’s the worst. So I’m glad to hear he’s okay.”
On Sunday, Indy Lights will race for the second time before the Verizon IndyCar Series headlines the weekend. The Indy Lights race is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. ET, followed by the IndyCar race at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at HondaIndyToronto.com and fans can catch the live broadcast from 3-6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network (USA) and SportsNet (Canada).