Early Race Incident Knocks Ed Jones out of Bommarito Automotive Group 500

Ed Jones Race Summary:
Ed Jones was involved in an early race incident that ended the No. 18 SealMaster – Dale Coyne w/ Vasser Sullivan Honda’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL.

Qualifying took place earlier in the day and Jones went out fifth of the 24 drivers to make a qualifying attempt. He posted the 13th fastest two-lap average speed, 178.380 mph, on the 1.25-mile oval, however started 12th after another competitor was given a nine grid position penalty.

On lap three of the 260-lap race Graham Rahal got a run on Jones. He never passed Jones, however while running side-by-side the two made contact ending Jones’ race.

Ed Jones Race Quote:
“It’s frustrating. The track was super green at the start of the race. It was very unnecessary to take that kind of a risk on lap three. Graham (Rahal) got a run on me, but he was never ahead of me. I had the inside of the corner. Bommarito Automotive Group put on a great event and it’s a shame to have the SealMaster car go out so early. We just have to push on and get ready for the next race.”

Ed Jones Fast Facts:
The 2021 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 was Jones’ 60th career NTT INDYCAR SERIES start and third on the World Wide Technology Raceway oval.

In three starts at WWTR, Jones has a best finish of eighth in 2018. His best starting position is 12th in 2017, 2018 and this year.

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

In 60 career INDYCAR SERIES starts, Jones has earned 16 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018. Jones’ best qualifying position is 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 14 of the 16-race 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be the Grand Prix of Portland, August 10-12, on the Portland International Raceway 1.964-mile, 12-turn permanent road course in Portland, OR. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Network at 3:00 p.m. ET.

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