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ED JONES IN REV GROUP GRAND PRIX

Ed Jones Race Summary:

  • Ed Jones was having a strong race in the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan Honda when his rear suspension gave way ending his REV Group Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
     
  • Jones started 12th on the scenic 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course.
     
  • He ran at, or near, the top-10 for much of the race getting as high as seventh.
     
  • On lap 50 of the 55-lap contest, he was running in 13th place with at least one car needing to pit for fuel and several others saving fuel.
     
  • While working lap 51, the left rear suspension gave way ending his race. 

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
The 2021 REV Group Grand Prix was Jones’ 56th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and fourth at Road America.

In four races at Road America, Jones has finished in the top-10 twice with a best showing of seventh in 2017 (ninth in 2018). He has qualified in the top-12 all four times. In three previous races he

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 56 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 15 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018. Jones has a best starting position of fourth, Detroit Race 1 this year, the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 and the Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 10 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the Honda Indy 200, July 4, on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course permanent road circuit in Lexington, Ohio. The race will be broadcast live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Ed Jones – REV Group Grand Prix Qualifying

ED JONES QUALIFIES 12th
FOR REV GROUP GRAND PRIX 
 
FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TIME JONES
REACHES SECOND ROUND OF QUALIFYING
ON A ROAD/STREET COURSE

Ed Jones Qualifying Summary:

  • Ed Jones qualified the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan Honda 12th for the REV Group Grand Prix on the scenic 4.014-mile, 14-turn Road America permanent road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
     
  • Jones went out in Group 2 in Round 1 of qualifying and posted a fast lap of 1:45.7968, putting him fifth on the speed charts of the 13 drivers in his group.
     
  • In Round 2 he ran a quick time of 1:46.2270, placing him 12th.
     
  • Jones has now advanced to the second round of qualifying in four consecutive road/street races, and four of the six road/street races held so far during the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

Ed Jones Qualifying Quote:
“It was a good day for the SealMaster Honda team. After missing practice yesterday we knew it was going to be difficult. The guys did a good job preparing the car and we were fast right away today starting with the morning practice. Q1 (first round of qualifying) was really good. In Q2 (second round) I made a few mistakes and we might have missed the balance a little bit. We had the car to go through to the Firestone Fast Six we just didn’t maximize it as much as I would have liked. However, we have good pace and a good race car.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
The 2021 REV Group Grand Prix will be Jones’ 56th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and fourth at Road America.

In four attempts at Road America, Jones has qualified in the top-12 all four times. In three previous races he has finished in the top-10 twice with a best showing of seventh in 2017 (ninth in 2018).

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 55 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 15 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018. Jones has a best starting position of fourth, Detroit Race 1 this year, the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 and the Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones is 18th in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 113 points.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Race Broadcast:
Round 9 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be REV Group Grand Prix, June 20. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Ed Jones Pre-Race Notes REV Group Grand Prix

ED JONES
NO. 18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE WITH VASSER SULLIVAN
HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
REV Group Grand Prix – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 18-20, 2021

Ed Jones Summary:
Ed Jones will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan Honda in the REV Group Grand Prix, June 18-20 on the scenic 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America permanent road course. In three previous races at Road America, Jones has finished in the top-10 twice with a best showing of seventh in 2017. He has a best starting position of 11th, twice, 2019 and 2017,

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Career Statistics
Seasons 4th Top-Five 3
Career Starts 55 Top-10 15
Wins 0 Poles 0
Podium 3 Laps Led 3

2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Statistics
Starts 6 Top-10 1
Wins 0 Poles 0
Podiums 0 Laps Led 2
Top-Five 0

2021 NTT INDYCAR Series Results
Barber S/F 13/15 Indy GP S/F 9/14
St. Petersburg S/F 21/20 Indy 500 S/F 11/28
Texas Race 1 S/F 19/12 Detroit 1 S/F 4/9
Texas Race 2 S/F 18/22 Detroit 2 S/F 11/17

ROAD AMERICA Results
Number of Starts 3 2017 S/F 11/7
2019 S/F 11/22 Best Start 11 (2017, 2019)
2018 S/F 12/9 Best Finish 7 (2017)

Ed Jones Fast Facts:

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

The 2021 REV Group Grand Prix will be Jones’ 56th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and fourth at Road America.

Jones is 18th in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 113 points.

In 55 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 15 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018. Jones has a best starting position of fourth, Detroit Race 1 this year, the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 and the Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 9 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be REV Group Grand Prix, June 20. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 12:00 p.m. ET.

DETROIT GRAND PRIX RACE 2

Ed Jones Race Summary:

  • Ed Jones had a fantastic start to the race picking up five positions, however suffered a shock absorber failure significantly affecting the performance of the No. 18 Team SealMaster Honda, and ruining what was a strong start to Detroit Grand Prix Race 2.
     
  • Jones advanced into the Fast 12, qualifying 11th on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn, temporary street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.
     
  • He had a fantastic start to the race picking up five positions.
     
  • On lap 12, while running in sixth position, Jones suffered a shock absorber failure.
     
  • The failure significantly affected the performance of the car, however Jones fought on bringing the car home in 17th place.  

Ed Jones Race Quote:
“We had a fantastic car for the start of the race and were able to make up positions. Then we just lost all pace. We couldn’t understand it. After reviewing the post-race data it’s now clear I lost a damper on lap 12. This track is the worst place to have that happen and I was just holding on. We are working to identify the cause of the failure and with the weekend we had, I’m ready to get to Road America and go racing again.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
The 2021 Detroit Z Grand Prix Race 2 was Jones’ 55th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and eighth on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit.

Jones earned 13 points today and jumped another position in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings (a net total of five spots during the Detroit Grand Prix Doubleheader) to 18th with 113 points.

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 55 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 15 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 9 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be REV Group Grand Prix, June 20. On 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America permanent road course. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Ed Jones – Detroit Grand Prix Race 1

Ed Jones Race Summary:

  • Ed Jones, behind the wheel of the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan Honda, finished ninth today in the Detroit Grand Prix Race 1.
     
  • Jones qualified fourth on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn, temporary street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.
     
  • He ran in the top-four for the majority of his first stint leading two laps. Late in the stint he dropped back as his red “alternate” tires severely degraded.
     
  • Jones was technically running in 15th place, actually sixth since nine cars needed to pit for fuel, when a horrific crash occurred on lap 24 eventually bringing out a red flag.
     
  • One hour and 18 minutes later the race resumed and the nine cars quickly pitted putting Jones in sixth place.
     
  • He moved into fifth place almost immediately and remained there until pitting for the final time on lap 45.
     
  • Jones rejoined the race in 12th place, however quickly moved into seventh where he stayed until a second red flag came out on lap 65 to remove a stranded car.
     
  • The second red flag, with just five laps left, created a “shootout” situation. Adding to the drama, race leader Will Power was unable to get his car restarted and had to retire, moving Jones up to sixth.
     
  • During the restart a furious flurry of cars all pounced. Jones simultaneously avoided contact and defended before slotting into ninth place where he finished. 

Ed Jones Race Quote:
“We were sixth going into the last restart, a few drivers made some desperate moves and I got mixed up in it, which moved us back. So, the final result was little frustrating, but overall it was a solid day and I feel confident for tomorrow.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
The 2021 Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 was Jones’ 54th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and seventh on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit.

Jones earned 23 points today and jumped four positions the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings to 19th with 100 points.

In seven races at Detroit, Jones has now finished in the top-10 four times with a best showing of third in 2018 Race 2. He was sixth in 2018 Race 1 and ninth in 2017 and 2021 Race 1. Jones has a best starting position of fourth, this year for Detroit Race 1 and in 2018 at Detroit Race 2.

The fourth place qualifying position is his best of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR season, surpassing a ninth place starting spot in the GMR Grand Prix and tied his best previous starting position at Detroit.

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 54 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 15 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 8 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be Race 2 of the Detroit Grand Prix Doubleheader, tomorrow, June 13. The race will be broadcast live on NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET on June 13.

Ed Jones Pre-Race Notes Detroit Grand Prix

ED JONES
NO. 18 TEAM SEALMASTER – DALE COYNE WITH VASSER SULLIVAN
HONDA/DALLARA/FIRESTONE
Detroit Grand Prix – Streets of Detroit, Michigan – June 11-13, 2021
Ed Jones Summary:
Ed Jones will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan entry in the Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader, June 12-13 on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn, temporary street circuit in Detroit, Michigan. In six previous Detroit Grand Prix starts, Jones has a best starting position of fourth in 2018 at Detroit Race 2. He has finished in the top-10 three times with a best showing of third, also in 2018 Race 2 (sixth in 2018 Race 1 and ninth in 2017 Race 1).
 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Career StatisticsSeasons4thTop-Five3Career Starts53Top-1014Wins0Poles0Podium3Laps Led12021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES StatisticsStarts6Top-10 0Wins0Poles 0Podiums0Laps Led 0Top-Five0  2021 NTT INDYCAR Series ResultsBarber S/F13/15Texas Race 2 S/F18/22St. Petersburg S/F21/20Indy GP S/F9/14Texas Race 1 S/F19/12Indianapolis 500 S/F11/28Detroit Grand Prix ResultsNumber of Starts62017 Race 1 S/F21/92019 Race 1 S/F14/202017 Race 2 S/F17/222019 Race 2 S/F13/14Best Start4 (2018)2018 Race 1 S/F11/6Best Finish3 (2018)2018 Race 2 S/F4/3   
Ed Jones Fast Facts:
Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.
 
The 2021 Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader will be Jones’ 54th and 55th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and seventh on the Belle Isle temporary street circuit.
 
Jones is 23rd in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 77 points.
 
In 53 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.
 
Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.
 
Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.
 
Next Race:
Round 7 and 8 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the Detroit Grand Prix Doubleheader, June 12 and 13. The race will be broadcast live on NBC at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 12 and 12:00 p.m. ET on June 13.

Gamble Doesn’t Pay Off at Indy 500

TEAM TAKES GAMBLE TO FINISH TOP-FIVE IN 105TH RUNNING OF INDIANAPOLIS 500; IT DOESN’T PAY OFF

Ed Jones Race Summary:

  • Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan took a gamble during today’s 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 for a shot at a top-five finish. However it didn’t pay off.
     
  • Ed Jones qualified the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan Honda 11th lining up in the middle of Row 4, for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
     
  • Jones ran most of the race in the low to mid-teens and got as high as third.
     
  • Shortly after his third pit stop the second yellow flag of the race came out and the team decided to gamble, pitting again for fuel in an attempt to finish the race with just one more stop while the vast majority of the other cars would need two stops.
     
  • Unfortunately, they came up short and Jones had to pit on the second to last lap for a splash of fuel, dropping him to the back of the finishing order. 

Ed Jones Race Quote:
“The SealMaster Honda was fast. It was just very hard to overtake. There were not a lot of drivers moving forward. I was able to pass a few people, but it was very difficult. We had bad luck with the yellow flag coming out right after our first pit stop. So we lost a few positions there. Then, with the pack not moving much, we decided to get aggressive with our pit strategy and unfortunately it ended up hurting us. I think we had a top-eight car, but it didn’t work out that way. It’s frustrating, but we tried to do something to get to the front and it didn’t payoff.”

Ed Jones/Vasser Sullivan Racing Fast Facts:
Jones earned 10 points today and is now 23rd in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 77 points.
 
Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.
 
The 2021 Indianapolis 500 was Jones’ 53rd career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start.
 
In 53 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.
 
Jones is the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.
 
Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.
 
The 2021 Indy 500 was the 10th time Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan have partnered to enter a car in the Indianapolis 500. In 10 Indy 500 races they have finished in the top-10 six times. Their car was running in the top-10 two other times when contact forced it from the race.
 
A Vasser Sullivan entry has finished in the top-five three times with one victory, Tony Kanaan in 2013, Kanaan third in 2012 and Santino fourth in 2020.
 
Vasser and Sullivan first teamed up in 2011 with Tomas Scheckter as the driver. He finished eighth.
 
Next Race:
Round 7 and 8 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the Detroit Grand Prix  Doubleheader, June 12 and 13 on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn, temporary street circuit in Detroit, Michigan. The race will be broadcast live on NBC at 2:00 p.m. ET on June 12 and 12:00 p.m. ET on June 13.

ED JONES HAS STRONG CAR ON CARB DAY

TEAM TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD WITH RACE SETUP

Ed Jones Carb Day Practice Summary:

  • The No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan Honda spent Carb Day, the final practice before the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500, fine-tuning its race setup and in the process took another step forward.
     
  • Ed Jones got as high as seventh on the speed charts and with approximately 30 minutes still remaining in the two hour session, the team was so happy with the car they returned to the garage.
     
  • In nine practice sessions over the last two weeks, Jones ran a total of 434 laps and posted the ninth fastest lap at 231.598 mph.
     
  • When the Carb Day checkered flag flew, Jones had the 18th fastest lap with a speed of 224.910 mph.
     
  • Jones will start 11th, in the middle of Row 4, for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
     
  • The 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in Speedway, Indianapolis will be held Sunday, May 30. The race will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET.
     

Ed Jones Carb Day Quote:
“It was a solid Carb Day for the Coyne Vasser Sullivan team. We worked on the race setup and we made another step forward. The SealMaster Honda was really strong. The conditions were much cooler today, which I think it will be like on race day, and I feel we benefitted from that. I’m really looking forward to the race and I believe we have a good chance of having a strong result!”

Vasser Sullivan Racing/Ed Jones Fast Facts:
The 2021 Indy 500 will be the 10th time Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan have partnered to enter a car in the Indianapolis 500. In nine previous races they finished in the top-10 six times. Their car was running in the top-10 two other times when contact forced it from the race.

A Vasser Sullivan entry has finished in the top-five three times with one victory, Tony Kanaan in 2013, Kanaan third in 2012 and Santino fourth in 2020.

Vasser and Sullivan first teamed up in 2011 with Tomas Scheckter as the driver. He finished eighth.

In four qualifying attempts at the Brickyard, Jones has a best starting position of fourth in 2019. Coincidentally, this year’s 11th place starting spot is the same as when he had his best Indy 500 finish, third, in 2017.

The 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be Jones’ 53rd career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start.

Jones is 19th in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 67 points.

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 52 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones is the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Ed Jones Qualifies for 105th Indy 500

OUTSTANDING SECOND RUN BY ED JONES IN THE SEALMASTER MACHINE PUTS HIM 11TH ON STARTING GRID FOR  105th RUNNING OF INDIANAPOLIS 500
 
MISSES FAST NINE BY .060 OF A SECOND

Ed Jones Qualifying Summary:

  • On an extremely hot day, it took an outstanding second attempt by Ed Jones in the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan Honda to qualify 11th for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
     
  • Jones went out fifth of the 35 drivers to make their first qualifying attempt earlier in the day and posted a four-lap average speed of 230.246 mph.
     
  • Late in the afternoon, with time running out for qualifying, Jones was sitting 19th on the grid. Several other drivers had attempted to improve their times, most failing and one crashing.
     
  • With the bit in his teeth, Jones produced a gutsy four-lap average of 231.044 mph moving him up eight places on the starting grid, making him the biggest mover of the day.
     
  • Jones produced two laps at over 231 mph and his slowest lap, the fourth came in at 230.535. The four-lap average was just .060 of a second from putting him in the Fast Nine.
     
  • Jones will lineup in the middle of Row 4 for next Sunday’s “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
     

Ed Jones Qualifying Quote:
“It was an up and down day. The first run in qualifying we were very conservative, however the SealMaster team did a fantastic job getting the car prepared for the second attempt. I had a solid run and moved up eight spots to P11. Time now to concentrate back on race prep.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
In four qualifying attempts at the Brickyard, Jones has a best starting position of fourth in 2019. Coincidentally, this year’s 11th place starting spot is the same as when he had his best Indy 500 finish, third, in 2017.

The 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be Jones’ 53rd career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start.

Jones is 19th in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 67 points.

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 52 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 6 of the 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500, May 30. The race will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET.

Ed Jones Unleashes The SealMaster Beast On Fast Friday

RUNS NINTH FASTEST SPEED OF THE DAY

Ed Jones Fast Friday Summary:

  • After spending the first three days of practice for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 working on both qualifying and race setups, Dale Coyne with Vasser Sullivan unleashed the SealMaster Beast on Fast Friday.
     
  • Ed Jones, and the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda, posted the ninth fastest lap on Fast Friday with a top speed of 231.569 mph putting him ninth on the speed charts. His four-lap average of 230.251 was also the ninth best.
     
  • Jones served notice that he is a contender for the Fast Nine by setting the tone early running his fast lap of the day in his first outing. The lap speed put him at the top of the speed charts for over three hours while the team spent most of the time in the garage. His four-lap average, at the time 230.064 mph, was the third best.
     
  • Jones went out for the second time at approximately 4:00 p.m. and ran a qualifying simulation with a four-lap average of 230.251 mph, sixth best, and holding the third fastest lap. The team was happy with the SealMaster machine and returned to the garage for the day at approximately 4:40 p.m.
     
  • Over the final hour and 20 minutes of practice, when the conditions were much cooler and the track much faster, a couple of drivers were able to overtake his fast lap and four-lap average, with Jones and the Coyne Vasser Sullivan squad opting not to run again.
     
  • Fast Friday is when teams are given additional horsepower, in the case of Honda powered teams an estimated 95 additional HP, in preparation for Saturday’s qualifying for the Indy 500.
     
  • Jones drew No. 5 in the qualifying order of the 35 drivers scheduled to make a qualifying attempt. The early number is important because the track conditions will be cooler than the drivers qualifying later when conditions will be considerably hotter, slowing the cars.
     
  • There will be another practice tomorrow prior to qualifying. The practice will be split into two groups with Group 1 going out from 9:30-10:00 a.m. ET and Group 2 from 10:00-10:30 a.m. ET.
     
  • Qualifying will start at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow and conclude at 5:50 p.m. ET. NBC Network at 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. NBCSN will broadcast live from 3:00-6:00 p.m. ET.

Ed Jones Fast Friday Quote:
“It was an extremely positive day in the SealMaster Honda. We were great in our qualifying simulations and the SealMaster car was very competitive every time it was on track. We still have a few things we can do to the car to make it even faster. It’s going to be super close tomorrow, however we should have a solid run and a good shot at the Fast Nine.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
Ed Jones will pilot the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan entry for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indianapolis 500 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

The 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be Jones’ 53rd career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and fourth Indianapolis 500.

He has had some success at the Brickyard. In three previous Indy 500s he has a best starting position of fourth in 2019 and a best finish of third in 2017.

Jones is 19th in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings with 67 points.

Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.

In 52 career INDYCAR starts, Jones has earned 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018.

Jones was the 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third.

Jones, 26, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

Next Race:
Round 6 of the 17-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500, May 30. The race will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET.

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