Dale Coyne Racing have confirmed the return of James Jakes for a second IndyCar Series season, driving the #19 Boy Scouts of America entry as team-mate to the newly-signed Justin Wilson.
Jakes, from Leeds in the UK, struggled in the opening races last season primarily due to starting with the team close to the opening race and a lack of familiarity with the circuits visited. Over the course of the year however, Jakes turned a few heads with his maturity and increasing comfort and confidence within the series and the IndyCar Series as whole.
Although failing to qualify for the Indy 500, Jakes’ on-track results improved steadily as the season progressed, regularly finishing races and impressing onlookers with his reliability and consistency. Speaking at group testing in Sebring, Florida, this week, Jakes was anxious to get his second season underway.
“With the new car and the three engine manufacturers it will be a more level playing field. With Justin (Wilson) here this year I think we can really push the team forward, and we have a strong package with Honda.”
Meanwhile, as reported here last month, Sam Schmidt Motorsports have confirmed overnight it has formed a partnership with Indycar veteran Davey Hamilton to jointly run Simon Pagenaud in the upcoming season.
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