Dale Coyne Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.19 Boy Scouts of America Honda had a dream debut in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday.
Jones who is in his rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series started the race from just outside the top ten in 11th place and came through the field to finish on the podium in third place. Speaking following the race, Jones commented by saying:
It was a great race for us, I had a great car all month. We were running through traffic, but the whole race was so up and down for us. It was a solid start, we were running in the top ten- eleven for most of the first half. Then when Dixon had his crash, thankfully those guys are okay, but I ran over some debris and it damaged the floor and the rear wing. We had to change the rear wing and it sent me to the back of the field, then we had to claw our way back up again. We got some luck back with the last yellow as we pitted right before it, so it put us near the front. But then I had some bad luck again, I damaged my front wing and it put a big hole in it, my legs got pretty cold to be honest. I had wind blowing into them like crazy. It also created a lot of drag. I was really good catching up to the other guys in the corners but as soon as we got to the straights I couldn’t tow up to them. We just lacked that straight line speed for the last 40 laps. It was very hard for me to defend or attack. Which is frustrating because, we had the car to win today.
James Davison in the No.18 GEICO Honda who was filling in for the injured Sebastien Bourdais, who just last weekend suffered multiple fractures in a qualifying accident at the Speedway started the race from the back of the grid as he failed to qualify and made his way to the front of the field leading the race.
The Australian was left disappointed however as he was involved in a five car accident on lap 183 and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I am obviously very proud of the team for the strong run that we had. In all honesty, I need to see a replay. I felt I was coming out of my steering and I got hit by Servia. Whether that’s the case or not, I need to see a replay. It’s very frustrating for all of us, we all had good cars. I was racing those guys, I was ahead of Sato for a while. Yeah, he’s gone and won it, and that’s awesome for him. I did the best I could with the limited practice I had. I made a couple of mistakes here and there so sorry to any of the drivers that I may have upset. I just got a good restart and felt I got tagged, so I need to see a replay to see if that’s indeed the case.
Pippa Mann in the No.63 Susan G Komen Honda started the race from 28th place and secured her best Indy 500 result as she finished the race in 17th place and speaking following the event she said:
Today felt like a messy day out there. We struggled a little with a few things with the car, and we struggled on pit road. We had a couple of issues that were outside of our control. Overall, I’m proud of the #63 Dale Coyne Racing team. They kept digging, and kept after it. With the attrition out there on the race track, we ended up coming home in the top twenty for the second year running.