Ed Jones has been surging lately. After a dismal Month of May in Indy, he’s been among the most consistent drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series field. Jones, heads to Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) with four top 10 finishes over his last five starts. But, take out the two races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and some bad luck, and you’d see Jones could be a championship contender instead.
In St. Pete, he finished an impressive eighth. The next race in Phoenix, the box score says he finished 20th but that’s because he crashed while running second with 20 laps-to-go. If he doesn’t crash, he finishes on the podium. The next week, he came home third in Long Beach. The week after that, a mechanical issue relegated him to another 20th place run. But, if not for that issue, he was going to finish in the top 10.
Indy was Indy, but in the races after, he’s finished sixth, third, ninth, ninth and respectively.
So, take out the bad luck (crash at Phoenix, mechanical problem Barber) and Indy and Jones is actually in a good spot. Now, I think he can continue this momentum north of the Border on Sunday.
“We’re really looking forward to Toronto this weekend,” Jones said ahead of Sunday’s race. “We were very strong at the last two street circuit races in Detroit, and I hope we can continue that on Sunday. I’ll be hoping to keep up that run of strong results going for the team. We had a rough go of it last weekend in Iowa and will be pushing hard to turn that around in the NTT DATA car this weekend.”
Jones, may have finished 20th in last year’s race at Toronto, but on street courses this season, he’s finished in the top eight in all of them. That leads me to believe he may be strong this weekend too.