FORT WORTH, Texas – After a very successful performance two weeks ago in his Indianapolis 500 debut, James Jakes notched his first career IndyCar top 10 finish Saturday night under the lights during the running of the Firestone 550 IZOD IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.
Jakes started the race in 21st position, but managed to work himself as high as second place with 106 laps remaining. This was only Jakes’ 23rd career IndyCar start.
“I am pretty pleased with our top 10 finish tonight,” said Jakes. “The Boy Scouts of America team gave me an incredible car to drive tonight. We didn’t exactly start the weekend on a high note, but we sure finished on one.”
Jakes gained the third most positions in the race with 11, just behind fifth place finisher J.R. Hildebrand, who gained 18 spots and his teammates’ (Justin Wilson) 16 spots.
Team Owner Dale Coyne was very impressed from what he saw out of Jakes tonight on the high-banked 1.5-mile oval.
“James ran a terrific race tonight,” said Coyne. “For never have tested the new car here and to snag a top 10 finish just goes to show you how talented of a driver James is.”
His top 10 finish gave Dale Coyne Racing two top-10 finishes this weekend in Texas.
“I would like to say congratulations to my teammate Justin Wilson for winning the race tonight,” Jakes commented.
The IndyCar Series next heads to Milwaukee for the Milwaukee IndyFest and can be seen live on the ABC-TV on Saturday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
Dale Coyne Racing
Chris Gallas, Director of Public Relations