James Jakes has chance to set personal top-10 records in Milwaukee


Top-10 finishes are not the ultimate goal in racing, but gathering them up in succession never hurts.

For James Jakes, he actually has a chance to set two personal top-10 marks at this weekend’s ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.

This is the Englishman’s fourth season in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and if he scores a top-10 finish on Sunday, it will be his fourth of the year.

It would beat a personal mark of three, which he has now and also set in the 2013 season when driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Jakes finished 10th and second in the Detroit doubleheader, and added a sixth at Houston race one.

This year, Jakes has been quietly consistent with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The driver of the No. 7 Mediatech Advertising/Oculus Honda has finished all 11 races thus far and has a third at NOLA Motorsports Park, and consecutive top-10 finishes on ovals with ninth in Texas and seventh in Fontana.

“I’m really excited to return to Milwaukee. It’s going to be a very busy day with practice, qualifying and the race all on Sunday,” Jakes said in an advance release.

“It will be very important to start the first session well in the No. 7 MediaTech Oculus car, since everything is so tightly packed into the one day. The SPM team has had good oval cars so far this season so I’m looking forward to continuing that trend.”

In three prior Milwaukee starts, Jakes hasn’t yet cracked the top-10. He’s ended 15th, 21st and 18th in 2011, 2012 and 2013.