The No. 20 side of the Ed Carpenter Racing garage is still working to solve stability problems that have been plaguing Ed Jones’s car since the beginning of the season.
Jones, who finished third at Long Beach last year with Ganassi, sits 21st in the points heading into this weekend’s race, and was slowest in Friday’s opening practice session.
“Being down there, last, probably isn’t the nicest way to be back,” he said. “It’s kind of been same story all season so far: trying to fix the issues with the car. It’s been the same problem everywhere. To fix it, we’re just compromising other places.
“It’s more just entry stability in all of the corners. That’s been the struggle everywhere we’ve gone this year. Of course, once you start fixing that, you start to compromise the speed. It’s something that’s been challenging for us. Once we sort that out, should be a lot better.”
Complicating things has been a disconcerting trend for identical setups on the cars of Jones and ECR teammate Spencer Pigot to deliver different handling characteristics.
“I think the consistency between the two cars has really not been there,” Jones said. “It’s been a bit confusing.
“[At] every other race, [Pigot and I] kind of started exactly the same [on setups]. But a few of them, it’s been completely different feedback after FP1. We’ve had to change, which confuses things a bit.
“Here we start slightly different, but still pretty close. I guess we’ll test out different items. If one of us prefers that or needs the same setting to improve the car, we’ll go with that.”