Ed Jones Gains Nine Positions in Push at Portland

Scuderia Corsa and driver Ed Jones completed the Grand Prix of Portland at the Portland International Raceway in the penultimate race of the 2019 NTT IndyCar season.

The No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet started the race from behind, but Jones made consistent progress over the course of the 105-lap race. In those laps Jones gained nine positions and steered clear of two major incidences that marred the opening laps of the Grand Prix. On lap one in Turn 1 multiple competitors were caught in a midfield pile up. Jones lucky swerved out of the way of spinning cars and continued.

Jones made the most of opportunities on the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course. His ability to stay away from drama showcased his decision skills while his consistency highlighted his determined racecraft. Jones would bring the No. 20 safely home in the 14th position after starting 23rd.

For Jones Portland left him eager to end the season on a high note. “We did a good job avoiding the on-track incidents today to help us gain many positions over where we started,” Jones said. “We made good progress throughout the weekend, though we didn’t get the car quite to an optimal place for the race. I’m hoping to have a better outing at the season finale!”

For Team Owner Giacomo Mattioli today’s competition is preparation for the finale. “We certainly can use today as motivation,” Mattioli said. “We’ve had many high notes this year. We’ve showcased strength in both qualifying and races. Ed very much is capable of running out front. We now prepare for WeatherTech Raceway to add to our progress this season.”

The NTT IndyCar season comes to a close at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey takes place Sept. 20-22 with race day falling on Sunday, Sept. 22. The green flag is set to drop at 3:15 p.m. ET or 12:15 p.m. PT. The race broadcast will air live on NBC.

Scuderia Corsa Rejoins IndyCar at Portland

Scuderia Corsa and the NTT IndyCar Series take on Portland International Raceway Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 for the penultimate race of the 2019 season that has seen driver Ed Jones set significant milestones for the team.

Jones returns to the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet with a mission to finish his third IndyCar season strong. Thus far, Jones has earned Scuderia Corsa a Row Two start in the Indianapolis 500 along with two other Fast Six appearances and has showcased notable ability throughout the season. Complimenting IndyCar’s crescendo Jones best race performance came in May with a sixth-place finish at the IndyCar Grand Prix. He will aim to best those performances in the Grand Prix of Portland.

IndyCar first returned to the Portland 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course in 2018 after a decade long hiatus. The return was met with a tremendous fanfare as Portland International Raceway is best known for being the site of the all-time closest two-car and three-car finish in IndyCar.

Fans will gather to watch Jones speed down the fast front stretch and through the chicane as he tackles the tight turn complex followed by a sweeping backstretch. The road course provides plenty of possibilities to pass, making defensive driving as necessary as a forward-thinking mindset.

For Jones the Portland Grand Prix brings new opportunity to capitalize on his ability. “Looking forward to Portland because it was a track, I was quite quick at last year, Jones said. “Unfortunately, I got caught up in an incident on the first lap. Hopefully, we can have another good qualifying session and be able to race up toward the front. I’d like to go into the last month of the season trying to end things well.” The Portland Grand Prix weekend begins Friday, Aug. 30 with two practice sessions. Saturday, Aug. 31 Scuderia Corsa receives one final practice before qualifying. IndyCar qualifying starts with Round 1 at 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold. Race day is Sunday, Sept. 1 with the green flag set to drop at 3:30 p.m. on NBC.

Ed Jones starts Indy Toronto in Row Three after Valiant Qualifying

Scuderia Corsa and Ed Jones began the Indy Toronto race from the outside of Row Three in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet, the team’s top start on any street circuit and third appearance in the NTT IndyCar series Fast Six. Jones highlight to the weekend was not only his qualifying effort but his opening stint in the 85 laps street race. Jones took the No. 20 up to fifth almost as quickly as the green flag dropped. After a short yellow due to a multi-car pileup on Lap 1, Jones picked up right where he left off and took over fourth place. He accumulated third place before making his first pit stop. Jones spent his race fighting back to the front after making the switch from red Firestone tires to black and entering the competition in twelfth after his first pit stop. The race remained green until the last lap of the race when a competitor made contact with the wall. Jones completed the race in twelfth after making the Toronto Indy a two-pit stop race.

For Jones, Toronto was another learning experience for the team, and he hopes to take a few lessons forward with him. “We had a great first stint. The Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa car was really fast. We were able to pass Newgarden and Rosenqvist in those first few laps and may have even had better pace than Rossi. It all started off really well, but as soon as we had to start saving fuel, we didn’t have the balance to keep pace. It cost us a lot and unfortunately, we fell down the order. We definitely found a few things this weekend that are going to help us everywhere. If we can keep building on that, we should be in good shape when I am back in the car in Mid-Ohio.”

For Team Owner Giacomo Mattioli Toronto showed great promise for the end of the season. “Ed did a great job in qualifying yesterday and he had a terrific first stint today, it is something we can build upon,” Mattioli said. “I feel like the partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing is only getting better as the season progresses. We are looking forward to the remaining of the season ahead.”

Scuderia Corsa and Ed Jones next travel to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Indy 200 at MidOhio follows the NTT IndyCar series next race at Iowa Speedway. The race takes place July 28 at 4:30 p.m. ET and is broadcast on NBC.

 

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Jones takes 13th place in 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Jones finishes in 13th position at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Ed Jones and the No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet entry closed the month of May by taking thirteen place at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. 

Starting with a sixth-place finish at the IndyCar Grand Prix followed by a fourth-place starting position in the Indianapolis 500, May has proven to be a strong month for Scuderia Corsa and Ed Carpenter Racing.

For Jones, he is most thankful for the team support he had throughout May. “First of all, thank you to the team Scuderia Corsa and Ed Carpenter Racing,” Jones said. “It was great working with everyone this month. Fortunately, we had the good weather, so that was nice, up to today we weren’t sure about that. We struggled a bit with some issues at the start and restarts. That really hurts you a lot when those are really the biggest times to overtake. When you’re unable to do anything at that point, it sets you back, and it’s hard to recover. “But we were still running inside the top 10 or top eight. Then we had a problem at the second pit stop and that put us back. Once you get further back in the pack, it gets harder and harder to move forward. It’s a bit of a disappointing day from where we started. All and all, it was a good starting point for Scuderia and me. Hopefully, we will be back next year and be a little stronger.”

For Team Owner Giacomo Mattioli, Jones performance shined throughout May. “I am really proud of Ed Jones performance this month. He proved once again to be quick and consistent Today's race was a positive ending of an exciting month. I like to thank Ed Carpenter Racing for their professionalism, we are very pleased with our partnership and looking forward to the next race.”

The next race for Jones and Scuderia Corsa is at the Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit. The Dual in Detroit weekend features two races for the NTT IndyCar series Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. Both Race One and Race Two will be broadcasted on NBC.

Jones Qualifies P4 For 2019 Indianapolis 500

Jones Qualifies P4 For 2019 Indy 500

After qualifying for Sundays fast 9 shootout No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet driver Ed Jones achieved his best Indy 500 qualifying position to date. Jones will start the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 from position 4. 

Jones has matched his career-best NTT IndyCar Series starting position with today’s effort. He burst onto the scene with a third-place finish in his Indianapolis 500 debut in 2017. In addition to being the highest finishing rookie in the field, he went on to win the NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year title. Last year, Jones collected two more podium finishes with Chip Ganassi Racing before joining Ed Carpenter Racing with Scuderia Corsa. The 24-year-old is also coming off of his best finish of the year as he took the checkered flag 6th in last weekend’s INDYCAR Grand Prix.

The 2019 Fast Nine Shootout was delayed nearly four hours as rains moved through the Indianapolis Motor Speedway area. Instead of starting at 1:15 p.m. ET, the first Fast Nine challenger rolled out at 5:01 p.m. Drivers in the Fast Nine had to make one four-lap attempt, in order based on slowest to fastest from yesterday’s qualifying times.

Ed's four laps boasted speeds of 230.196, 229.505, 229.486 and 229.400 for a four-lap average of 229.646 mph. For his third Indianapolis 500, Jones will start from the inside of Row 2.

Ed commented: "It was a good day. I qualified 4th for the Indianapolis 500! It’s great for myself, Scuderia Corsa and Ed Carpenter Racing. Having three cars at the front is really positive. Of course, you always want to be on pole, but regardless it’s great to be up front. It will give us a great chance for the win next Sunday and that's what it’s all about!”

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