Carlin: Chilton and Jones Fight Back at Indianapolis
 May 9, 2015| 
  • Team News
Indianapolis, Ind. -- Max Chilton took a well-deserved podium and fastest lap today in the second Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race of the weekend on the Indianapolis road course with teammate Ed Jones following him home in a strong fourth place. The Carlin men had the odds stacked against them after a messy first lap saw Jones receive contact from Jack Harvey which sent the Brit into a spin and also impaired Chilton’s progress. 
 
After a strong qualifying session and with a disappointing race without Push-to-Pass yesterday, Jones and Chilton were in a confident mood as they lined up first and third on the grid today. However, ambitions were soon dashed when Jones was jumped off the start by Sean Rayhall and shortly after was tapped into a spin by Harvey. Close behind, Chilton had to take avoiding action to miss his teammate, losing several positions himself. Managing to recover, Jones found himself at the back of the field with Chilton in ninth as the field pulled away ahead of them. 
 
Determined to make the most of their pace though, Chilton and Jones started a long comeback, gradually making their way through the field. After making quick progress, Chilton then found himself behind Kyle Kaiser for several laps, but once past the Carlin man streaked ahead setting fastest lap after fastest lap. 
 
Having seen his teammate make progress, Jones followed Chilton past Kaiser a few corners later and the duo set off to close in on the leaders. Showing strong pace, Chilton and Jones were making progress but were quickly running out of laps to make up further positions. However, an issue for Harvey with one lap to go led to the SPM driver dropping down the order with Chilton sweeping through to take third place and Jones recovering to fourth. 
 
Chilton also took the prize for fastest lap of the race, whilst points for fourth was enough to hand Jones back the championship lead. 
 
Speaking about his race, Chilton said, “I had an OK start but I couldn’t do anything different when shortly after I had to take action to avoid Ed which lost me a lot of positions. Today though I really felt confident with my race pace and I knew I could still get a result. I was stuck behind Kaiser for a few laps but did a big launch past and we were just setting quick lap after quick lap after that. In a way it’s a frustrating end to the weekend because I think with this pace, if we’d had Push-to-Pass yesterday we could have come away with two really strong results.” 
 
Team mate Jones added, “Unfortunately this weekend we have had two results really compromised by factors outside our control. Therefore we still have to take away the positives; that we have come out leading the championship with the potential to win many more races.”
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