Fontana, CALIFORNIA – In a race of true endurance, James Jakes ended his sophomore season in the IZOD IndyCar Series with a superb run Saturday night at the Auto Cub Speedway in Fontana, CA earning a 12th place finish in the MAVTV 500.
The 24-year-old from Great Britain actually led the race at one point from laps 76 to 85 and showed the crowd that the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America Honda was a fast car as he made several runs to the front of the field throughout the race.
“Thanks to the guys on the No. 19 Boy Scouts of America team as they gave me a great car to drive tonight,” said Jakes. “I made a mistake in the coming into the pits by hitting the wrong button and that cost us a drive thru penalty to put us a lap down. Overall I am pleased with our finish since lots of cars didn’t even finish the race. Thanks to Boy Scouts of America and Honda for a great season and I look forward to returning in 2013.”
Unfortunately, Justin Wilson’s night was ended much earlier than he have liked it too when Katherine Legge made a rookie mistake and rear-ended Wilson during a caution lap. The contact damaged his gearbox sensor, which caused his clutch to stop working.
“It is so frustrating to be taken out of the race like we were,” said Wilson. “There was a big stack-up in front of me and I just got rammed from behind by Katherine. The Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Honda was pretty good out there and was getting better and better as the night went on. I’m not sure we were in contention to win it, but we were definitely moving forward every stint.”
Wilson was forced to start the MAVTV 500 in the last row after a crash in the morning practice on Friday prevented him from qualifying the No. 18 Sonny’s Bar-B-Q Honda. Wilson showed right from the start of the race that he had a fast car as he passed seven cars within thefirst 10 laps of the race.
Dale Coyne Racing will ride into the 2013 season on a high note as the team earned its second win and first on an oval when Justin Wilson won the Firestone 550k back in June at the Texas Motor Speedway. Wilson was actually in contention for the IndyCar Oval Championship coming into Saturday night’s race.
“Overall it was a real encouraging year for the entire organization,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “Justin winning the race in Texas was probably the crowing moment for our 2012 season. Both Justin and James both kept moving forward throughout the year and the crew did an outstanding job giving the drivers a competitive car every race.”
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Chris Gallas, Director of Public Relations