Ed Jones Race Summary:
Ed Jones, behind the wheel of the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan Honda, picked up three positions during an opening lap crash, however when the race restarted he was collected when Will Power spun ending his Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio.
Jones qualified 16th on the challenging 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course permanent road circuit.
On the opening lap three cars were involved in an incident moving Jones into 13th place.
When the race restarted, Power spun directly in front of Jones. The ensuing cloud of smoke made it impossible to see anything and Jones was collected in the incident severely damaging the left front of the No. 18 SealMaster Honda ending his race three laps into the 80 lap contest.
Ed Jones Race Quote:
“It’s frustrating. The SealMaster Honda was going to be strong in the race. We picked up three positions at the start and I was confident would pick up a few more. Unfortunately, I got caught up in the incident and had nowhere to go. I couldn’t see a thing. I’m disappointed for the crew and our sponsors SealMaster and Sport Clips who had a lot of people at the race today. The last few races it’s been one thing after another. Surely we are going to catch a break at some point.”
Ed Jones Fast Facts:
The 2021 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio was Jones’ 57th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and fourth at Mid-Ohio.
In four races at Mid-Ohio, Jones has a best finish of 13th in 2019.
Jones is contesting his fourth NTT INDYCAR season and first with Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan.
In 57 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.
Round 11 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, August 8, in Nashville, TN. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET.