INDIANAPOLIS, IN – May 7, 2015 – Ed Jones is looking forward to seeing what the month of May has in store for him when he returns to the track this weekend for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis, May 8-9.
Jones has started the weekend off well and had no problems learning the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He finished the first session P1 (75.7096 seconds / 115.975 mph) and then ended up third in the second session (75.6558 seconds / 116.057 mph).
“I have been looking forward to this month for a long time,” said Jones. “Now it’s finally here it’s been amazing to drive the GP track at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carlin has given me a great car again and practice today went well so f I feel confident heading into qualifying and the races this weekend.”
The 20-year-old slipped to second in the championship standings two weeks ago after illness and bad luck saw him lose his 100% race win streak. Driving the No. 11 Toys for Boys Miami/United Rivers – Carlin machine, Jones has every intention of reclaiming the lead back when he starts Race 1 tomorrow, just seven points behind the leader, Spencer Pigot.
Jones, who was born and still resides in Dubai, has had a fantastic start to his American racing career. He dominated the season-opener at St. Petersburg by winning both races from pole, setting a new qualifying lap record and finishing the second race over nine seconds ahead of second place Jack Harvey. He skillfully avoided an accident on the first lap at Long Beach, took the lead and never looked back, earning his third victory in as many races. Jones was unfortunate in Barber two weeks ago, making a mistake in race one on the first lap, which cost him the podium and in race two, he got hit from behind on the first lap and was forced to return to the pits to change tires.
The Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis commences tomorrow with qualifying at 12 p.m. ET and the first of two races will be at 4:30 p.m. ET. Race two will start at 1:25 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Live timing and commentary for all session will be available on the Mazda Road to Indy app and at indylights.com.