Indy Lights: Ed Jones doubles up in St. Petersburg

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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.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race