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IndyCar Driver Preview: James Jakes

Mar 15, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

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#16 James Jakes

  • Team: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
  • Engine: Honda
  • Sponsors: Acorn Stairlifts
  • 2012: 22nd place, No Top Fives

2012 WRAP: Like his rookie campaign, 2012 was about gathering more top-level experience for the Englishman. His results were decidedly mid-pack (average finish of 16.7) and five DNFs along the way didn’t help his cause, but he did have a couple of really solid efforts at Texas (where he rose from 21st at the start to finish 10th) and at Toronto (where he soared from 24th to come away eighth).

2013 OUTLOOK: Jakes made a big jump two years ago from GP3 to the IZOD IndyCar Series, and has had to undergo an extended learning process. Now, he’ll try to make those lessons pay off with RLL, which was competitive last season and should give Jakes a solid opportunity. A big key to 2013 success could be how he meshes with veteran engineer Eddie Jones, who comes over from KV Racing Technology and engineered the late Dan Wheldon’s Indianapolis 500 and series championship victories in 2005.

  1. f1fan1 - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Can’t we sh!tcan this IRL junk? Now that NBC has F1, its time to drop this minor league stuff.

  2. convincedofthehex - Mar 15, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    It hasn’t been IRL for several years. Get with the program. I’ll be at the St. Pete race one week from today!

    • f1fan1 - Mar 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Don’t be fooled, it’s still the IRL. Owned and operated by the H-G family / IMS. They’re just trying to erase their own history of destroying the sport.

      Knowledgable race fans don’t buy into their load of BS.

      Today’s version of “Indycar” is a train wreck and nothing like it used to be when it was a real (and popular) racing series otherwise known as CART. Kill it and make the world a better place.

      • indycarfan1 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        You clearly haven’t been watching IndyCar. For 2012 all I can say is IndyCar is Back!!.

        You don’t see the passing in F1 as you would have in IndyCar 2012.

        If you typed your note at the end of 2011. I would have agreed with you.

        I haven’t watched F1 in years because it was mostly a train. You could have said the samething about IndyCar pre-2012. Not much track action (passing) at all up until 2012.

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