ED JONES EXTENDS TITLE LEAD DESPITE DRAMATIC FINISH
Ed Jones boosted his lead in the Indy Lights title race with a stirring show in the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) that saw him narrowly miss out on victory in the closest finish in the circuit’s history.
Dubai-based Jones engaged in a thrilling duel for supremacy with Dean Stoneman as the pair exchanged the top spot on multiple occasions.
From third position, Jones sensationally darted out wide to snatch the lead. Stoneman immediately fought back and, in a side-by-side drag race to the line, got the nod by 0.024 seconds.
Despite the initial disappointment, a fifth podium finish from eight starts this season enabled the ultra-consistent Jones to pull further clear in the drivers’ standings - from 21 points to 29 - with the Grand Prix of Road America double-header next on the calendar in a few weeks’ time.
“It was a classic case of so near yet so far - it was such a tiny margin that it really could have gone either way,” said Jones.
“It was cool to be a part of the closest finish in IMS oval racing history, although massively frustrating to be on the wrong side of just 24 thousandths-of-a-second.”