Jordan King returns to road course racing at Mid Ohio
Date: 26 / 07 / 2018
On the back of the best result of his season to date, Jordan King will make the drive to Lexington, Ohio, home of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, to compete in this weekend’s Honda Indy 200.
The 90-lap race will be the thirteenth round of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar and Jordan’s ninth of his debut season. Jordan will race on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit, natural terrain road course for the first time.
In the last event, Jordan faced down a weekend of adversity in the streets of Toronto to bring home his highest finish of the year. After three taxing practice sessions and a first round of qualifying in the rain, Jordan was able to turn a lap over a mile an hour faster than any he had done in practice to earn himself the 8th starting position. In warm-up on race day morning, Jordan hit a bump which jerked the steering wheel out of his hand and resulted in heavy contact with the left-front corner of the car. With damage more extensive than originally anticipated, the Fuzzy’s Vodka crew was up against the clock to make repairs and rolled the car onto the grid with only 30 minutes before the command to start engines. Still, Jordan remained undeterred.
As one of only four drivers to start the race on black tyres, Jordan found himself at the front of the field and pulling away as those on reds had to pit early. He led for six laps before an ill-timed caution prior to his first pit stop dropped him back in the field. He moved his way forward again, narrowly missing out on the first Top 10 finish of his Verizon IndyCar Series career and taking the checkered flag in 11th.
Despite having never driven on the circuit before, Jordan is looking forward to testing out the ‘fun’ looking track on Friday.
“Mid-Ohio is another track I haven’t yet been to but I have done some time on the simulator and it looks like a lot of fun! Lots of flowing corners that lead into one another, I think this will make it quite tough to learn but that’s all part of the experience.”
The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will feature two practice sessions on Friday, a third practice session and knockout qualifying on Saturday and the 90-lap race on Sunday.