Indy Lights: Ed Jones leads Day 2 of Homestead road course test


Ed Jones (pictured) continued solid work in Indy Lights testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway’s road course by leading both the morning and afternoon sessions on Tuesday.

Jones, the ex-European F3 driver that now runs with Carlin Racing, actually had his faster time in the morning with a lap of 1 minute, 13.7460 seconds around the 2.2-mile circuit. But his leading time in the afternoon at 1 minute, 13.8323 seconds wasn’t much slower.

Altogether, Jones led three of the four sessions on the Homestead road course. Juncos Racing’s Spencer Pigot led the first session on Monday morning.

Jones’ teammate, former Marussia F1 pilot Max Chilton, also continued his acclimation to the Dallara IL-15 today. Chilton was third-quickest in the morning (1 minute, 14.4764 seconds) behind Jones and 8Star Motorsports’ Scott Hargrove in P2 (1 minute, 14.4237). Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ Scott Anderson and the aforementioned Pigot slotted in fourth and fifth with times in the low 1:14.7 range.

In the afternoon, Jones’ gap over the rest of the field narrowed somewhat as Andretti Autosport’s Shelby Blackstock went second at three-tenths off the pace (1:14.1386).

Following Blackstock in third was former Verizon IndyCar Series driver/Lights champ Tristan Vautier (1:14.2777), who was in a car Tuesday for Belardi Auto Racing. Further details on why the Frenchman was involved in today’s testing are yet to be disclosed. The Juncos tandem of Kyle Kaiser and Pigot completed the session’s Top 5.

As for Chilton, he fell back to sixth in the afternoon due to a reported rev limiter issue on the car. Despite the problem, Chilton deemed his first Lights test a success – and also looked ahead to Thursday’s one-day test on Homestead’s 1.5-mile oval: