Ed Jones suffered a fractured finger on his left hand after making hard contact with the barriers during the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
The Ed Carpenter Racing driver was in the middle of an impressive early charge on his debut in the co-entered ECR/Scuderia Corsa Chevy when he turned in slightly early for Turn 9 to get a run on James Hinchcliffe and slapped the inside wall. The collision shot the Dubai-based Briton into the cement barriers, which in turn snapped the steering wheel from his hands with exceptional force.
After the race, and with his left hand wrapped tightly in bandages extending up his forearm, Jones lamented the mistake.
“I was able to get a great run [out of Turn 9] to pass [Simon] Pagenaud, and was trying to do it again with Hinch, but I made an error,” he told RACER. “I feel so badly for the team because they gave me such a fantastic car to drive.”
Jones does not expect the fracture to keep him out of the cockpit when the NTT IndyCar Series returns for Round 2 in less than two weeks at Circuit of The Americas in Texas.
“I’ll be ready for COTA,” he confirmed.
With Jones relegated to 21st, ECR’s Spencer Pigot delivered a positive result for the team with a run from his starting place of 16th to 11th at the checkered flag.