Ed Jones says there’s little he could have done to avoid the incident with Charlie Kimball that left the Carlin car in the barriers during the first part of the rain-interrupted Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber on Sunday.
“There was a bit of contact,” Jones told RACER after a misfire with his Honda engine left the CGR driver in 20th position, three spots ahead of Kimball. “He’d already half lost it, and I tapped him and he went around. I didn’t mean to do it. When a guy’s already almost lost it, you hit the brakes when you can, but with the visibility in conditions like that, judging distance isn’t the easiest thing. It wasn’t intentional.”
Kimball was fuming after the hit, which was declared a racing incident by the stewards.
“The stewards reviewed it and decided that no action would be taken, which I vehemently disagree with,” he said. “Yeah, visibility was tough out there, but it was tough for everyone. I didn’t run into anyone and no one else ran into me, except for the No.10 car. I don’t know what the stewards were looking at.”
Carlin’s Barber fortunes failed to improve following Kimball’s exit, with Max Chilton dropping out a short time later due to a mechanical problem.