Tough Weekend at Barber for Ed Jones
 April 28, 2015| 
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Indianapolis, Ind. – It was a tough weekend for Ed Jones, who went to Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama with a 100 percent race win record, but illness and some bad luck meant Jones had to settle for fourth and 11th at the Legacy Indy Lights 100 double header.
Driving the No. 11 Toys for Boys Miami/United Rivers – Carlin machine on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course, Jones qualified third for both races. When the green flag was shown for the first 30-lap contest, Jones made a slight mistake on the first lap, which allowed RC Enerson to pass. He continued to add pressure to Enerson, but unfortunately couldn’t pass and had to settle for fourth.
"It's been a difficult weekend throughout,” said the 20-year-old. “Heading into it with tonsillitis wasn't the best start, which made it very challenging physically and mentally for myself. Nevertheless the team did a great job and I still had a great qualifying to put myself third for both races. Unfortunately, I made a mistake on the first lap in Race One costing me the podium, which meant I ended up fourth.

At the start of the second race on Sunday, Jones was hit from behind going into Turn Two by Kyle Kaiser. He was able to avoid any car damage, but was forced to pit with a puncture. Despite now being at the back of the field, Jones was still able to show he was competitive and nine laps later had the fastest lap of the race and had moved to 11th, where he eventually finished.

“I had good start in Race Two but was hit from behind in Turn Two, which gave me a puncture. I had to pit, which almost cost me a lap and effectively ruined the race. However we showed promising pace with the fastest laps throughout the race. I look forward to getting back to full fitness and ready for the Indy GP as well as the Firestone 100 next month."

Jones, who was born and still resides in Dubai, has had a fantastic start to his American racing career. He dominated the season-opener at St. Petersburg by winning both races from pole, setting a new qualifying lap record and finishing the second race over nine seconds ahead of second place Jack Harvey. At Long Beach two weeks ago, he skillfully avoided an accident on the first lap, to take the lead and never look back. Jones picked up a total of 30 points this weekend, which now puts him second in the championship standings with 125 points, just seven away from first.

Next up for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series, is the Grand Prix of Indianapolis double header on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Race 1 is on May 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET and Race 2 is on May 9th at 1:25 p.m. ET.
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