ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Ed Jones came away with his worst finish to start an NTT IndyCar Series season. Prior to this weekend, Jones had two top 10 finishes with two different teams in as many starts at St. Pete. Unfortunately on Sunday, not only did he suffer his worst finish (21st) but he was injured in the process.
On Lap 25, Jones clipped the Turn 9 wall which sent his No. 20 Chevrolet across the track and hard into the concrete barrier after. While he was sitting there, Matheus Leist got into him too.
Afterwards, Jones was seen with his arm wrapped as rumor was he injured it. Hours after the completion of Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete, IndyCar confirmed that Jones had indeed broke his left hand in the Lap 25 accident.
“It’s been a frustrating weekend so far,” said Jones. “We had the pace to be at the front in qualifying. Then today, the guys gave me a great race car. We had to take risks to get forward quickly. I made it from 16th to ninth, then I just tried to get a run on (James) Hinchcliffe unfortunately I clipped the inside wall in Turn 9 and that was it. I’m sorry for the team; they did great work and they deserved a better result.”
Dr. Geoffrey Billows, IndyCar Medical Director, said that Jones had suffered a very small non displaced fracture on his distal fourth metacarpal. They had splinted his hand and will have a follow up appointment with a hand surgeon in Miami. Billows, said that with proper splinting that he will be able to compete in all racing activities in two weeks in COTA.