ST. PETERSBURG – Another day, another Ed Jones and Carlin Racing domination of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race at St. Petersburg.
The Dubai-based Englishman took his second straight win to open his, the team’s, and the new Dallara IL15 Mazda car’s account to kick off the Indy Lights season, aboard the No. 11 car.
Jones completed the weekend sweep from pole position, leading every lap once again. As he did on Saturday, he beat Jack Harvey (No. 42 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports) and Spencer Pigot (No. 12 Juncos Racing) for the win.
“The main point that won the race was the consistency,” Jones said. “I just made sure I was as close to them as I could be. That meant we kept pushing until the end. The race was the longest I’ve ever done, but this one felt like it went quicker than yesterday. I got in the zone.”
Pigot enjoyed a phenomenal battle with Max Chilton, Jones’ teammate, for the final podium position. Several times, the Englishman came close to overtaking, but the Rising Star Racing-backed American held him off.
Kyle Kaiser, Pigot’s teammate at Juncos Racing, was fifth for the second straight day.
The other intense battle during the 45-lap race involved a pair of drivers in their only confirmed weekends thus far, Scott Hargrove and Matthew Brabham. The drivers for 8Star Motorsports and Andretti Autosport, respectively, came close in the battle for sixth before the Canadian emerged ahead.
The full race will air on NBCSN on Sunday, April 5, at 4:30 pm ET.