Date: September 7, 2019
Event: Indiana 250 (Round 25 of 33)
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-oval)
Format: 100 laps (Stages: 30 laps / 60 laps / 100 laps)
Start: 2nd Finish: 6th (Completed 100 of 100 laps)
Point Standing: 10th
Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30)
- Brandon Jones and the No. 19 1st Foundation team qualified second for Saturday afternoon’s Indiana 250.
- Early in the race Jones radioed to his team that his No. 19 Supra was a tick too tight and he fell back to the third position.
- Several caution flags flew during Stage 1 allowing Jones and his 1st Foundation team to use pit strategy to grab his third stage win of the season.
Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-60)
- Jones started 17th, finished fifth.
- Under the Stage 1 caution Crew chief Jeff Meendering summoned his driver to pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and an adjustment to help with the tight-handling condition.
- With several different pit strategies playing out, Jones took the Stage 2 restart 17th.
- After the adjustments, Jones was happy with the handling on his No. 19 1st Foundation Supra and was able to drive his way into fifth before the Stage 2 ending caution flag flew.
Stage 3 Recap (Laps 61-100)
- Jones started seventh, finished sixth.
- On lap 88, while running sixth, Jones and Austin Cindric made contact sending Jones into the grass in Turn 3.
- Jones was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop to make repairs, remove grass from the grill and get four fresh Goodyear tires.
- Jones restarted 26th with eight laps remaining in the race.
- Jones’ Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Christopher Bell and Tyler Reddick made contact on the restart sending both of them into the outside wall. The incident ended Bell’s day and brought out the red flag for just over seven minutes.
- Jones restarted 16th on lap 96.
- With fresh tires and a fast race car, Jones was able to slice and dice his way through the field crossing the finish line sixth.
You’ve never finished outside of the top-10 here at the Brickyard. What’s so good for you here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway?“I don’t know, but I love it though. That’s a pretty good streak to keep alive. I love coming to this track; the history is awesome. It’s tough to race at. You have to time your runs right, and be smart about when you are going to pass guys. I learned a bunch. I watched a few guys with a lot of experience, so I have some stuff to build on for sure.”
Next Up: Next week the NASCAR Xfinity Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the cutoff race for the NXS playoffs on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Jones will be back in the No. 19 Juniper Networks Toyota Supra. The race starts at 4:30 p.m. PT with live coverage provided by PRN and NBCSN.