Ed Jones fought COVID-19 after Mid-Ohio, still “not 100%”
NASHVILLE – Ed jones said he was still not 100% physically, just over a month after battling COVID-19 he fought for more than two weeks, he told IndyStar on Friday during media availability at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.
Jones told IndyStar he was “really sick” during the three-day weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 2-4, where he started 16th and ended with No.18 driver Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda in last place (26th) after an early collision with Team Penske’s Will Power .
“But I didn’t know then if I had (COVID-19),” he said Jones. “I really struggled throughout the weekend.”
“(During the break) I would recover most of the time and resume training when I was done. Surprisingly, it was a lot harder to recover (than I thought). I rested them. two and a half weeks, and then I could start training and see what I could do. “
The interview session ended before IndyStar could ask Jones if he’s vaccinated.
After trying to get up to speed for the past two weeks or so, Jones said he still doesn’t feel 100% headed for Friday’s first practice for the all-new street race, “but I did as much as I could try to come back. I know it’s always going to take a while. “
Jones sits 21st in drivers’ points, penultimate among IndyCar competitors who raced all 10 events during the 2021 season. His No.18 sits in the Leaders Circle 22-place final for next season, which pays nearly $ 1 million to these programs, provided they commit to a full campaign in 2022. The driver, who returned to IndyCar this year after a year out of the sport, recorded a better finish of 9th in 2021 in race 1 of the Detroit Grand Prix. He has finished outside the top 15 in six of his 10 starts with his new team, where his future is currently uncertain.
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Despite being one of the very few Indy 500 riders who could make their way onto the Indy 500 grid after a first qualifying round in May, the No.18 team was plagued with mechanical issues that kept him from following the track for large parts. of – or even all – of the training sessions.
“We just need to focus on these six races,” Jones said. “The main thing is that we can’t miss a session. If we can stay on the track every time it would be a huge gain. That’s what we’ve been lacking, that reliability. We have to have clean weekends. , and then we should have good results. That’s where the focus is. “
Jones is not the first IndyCar driver to go public, both having tested positive for COVID-19 and being quite ill during the test. In May, then-Indy 500 poleman Scott Dixon told The Associated Press he contracted the coronavirus in December while in the UK. The disease hit Dixon hard for three days, he told AP. He said he had slept for 14 hours or more and suffered from body pain.
It is not known if other drivers have tested positive or exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. In mid-April, ahead of the start of the season, Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles said IndyCar was 90% vaccinated and that percentage continued to rise as Series owner Roger Penske, along with team owners, pushed hard. on all of their teams to get vaccinated to avoid any risk of spread that could harm their shots at the Indy 500 or the season in general.