Conway crushes IndyCar field in Detroit Dual race 1

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If Saturday was an audition to be in an IndyCar at the remaining road and street races in 2013, Mike Conway aced it with flying colors.

The Englishman delivered a dominant performance in the first race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual at Detroit this weekend, leading more than half the 70 laps en route to the victory. The win is his first since Long Beach in 2011, and the first for Dale Coyne Racing since Justin Wilson at Texas last year.

It marks the first time in Coyne’s 30-year history as a team that both its cars have made the podium in one race.

Conway took the lead on the last stint on lap 55 when Wilson pitted. Conway ended his race on Firestone’s red alternates and despite a slight drop-off for eight laps from laps 60 to 68 that cost him about nine seconds, Conway still ended 12.9707 seconds ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Wilson made it two Coyne Hondas on the podium with third place. Scott Dixon was fourth and Helio Castroneves was fifth.

The rest of the top 10 included Dario Franchitti, Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing teammates Graham Rahal and James Jakes.

Earlier Saturday, Conway also qualified on pole for Dual 2, so a win would net him an extra $50,000 from SONAX for sweeping the weekend.

See the halfway race report here.

IndyCar: Ed Carpenter Racing signs Ed Jones for road, street course races in 2019

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2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Ed Jones has signed on to compete in IndyCar road and street course races in 2019 for Ed Carpenter Racing, the team announced Wednesday.

Jones replaces Jordan King at ECR, whose contract was not renewed for 2019.

“Joining Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 IndyCar Series is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of,” Jones said in a media release.

Jones will also drive a third car for ECR in the 2019 Indianapolis 500, making it 13 races of the 17-race IndyCar schedule that he’s due to compete in.

“Ed Carpenter Racing has shown amazing speed the last few years at the Indianapolis 500,” Jones said. “You can always expect the ECR cars to be at the front. I am really grateful for this chance and will do everything I can to make sure we, as a team, make the most of it.”

In addition, Las Vegas-based Scuderia Corsa will become a partner with ECR on Jones’ No. 20 Chevrolet (as well as the No. 64 Chevy he’ll drive in the Indy 500).

“Both ECR and Scuderia Corsa have been successful in their respective series and I feel the combination of forces will be greatly beneficial,” Jones said. “I’m extremely excited to get underway.”

Jones will yield driving duties in the No. 20 Chevy for four races to team owner Ed Carpenter on oval tracks, while Spencer Pigot returns as the team’s full-time driver in the No. 21 Chevrolet.

“I am very excited to welcome Ed Jones to the ECR family, as well as Scuderia Corsa and Giacomo (Scuderia Corsa co-founder Giacomo Mattioli),” Carpenter said. “I was very surprised when Ed became available at the end of the season. I look forward to working together to get ECR back in Victory Lane.”

The 23-year-old Jones, who hails from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, previously drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018 (finished 13th in the final season standings) and Dale Coyne Racing in 2017 (finished 14th). He won the Indy Lights championship in 2016, as did new teammate Pigot in 2015.

During the 2018 season, Jones had two podium finishes (Long Beach and Belle Isle II) and eight top-10 finishes in the 17-race campaign.

Since forming in 2012, Scuderia Corsa has earned more than 100 wins over numerous racing platforms, primarily sports-car based. However, it made its first foray into IndyCar racing by backing Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and driver Oriol Servia’s effort in the 2018 Indy 500.

Jones began his new job with ECR immediately, watching new boss Carpenter take part today (Wednesday) in a closed Firestone tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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