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James Jakes Leaving GP2 for IndyCar?

March 17, 2011
Italian motor racing website, Omnicorse, has reported that GP2 racer James Jakes will not be driving this weekend’s Asia Series race at Imola.

Leeds-born Jakes signed a deal in January to race for the Scuderia Coloni squad in GP2 Asia and later the Main Series in 2011, but recent moves by the 23-year-old have put this deal into question.

Following a surprise move earlier this week, Jakes tested for long-time IndyCar backmarkers, Dale Coyne Racing, at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. After placing 23rd on Monday, the Briton improved to 21st the following day, just one-tenth shy of fellow Coyne runner, Sebastien Bourdais.
It is thought that Jakes took a lot of positives from the test, considering it a good learning experience. Should he make the move to the US with immediate effect, it will leave his GP2 squad, Scuderia Coloni, in a rush to find another driver to fill the seat. The team will be hit with a €20,000 fine if they are one car short this weekend.

At this stage, this is still a long way off being confirmed, but if it is to happen, we will know at some stage today, if not later this morning. Of course, it is also possible that this is all nonsense.

3 Comments
  1. Aahhh, aiming to be the Sebastien Saaverdra of European Formula racing…. I hope Jakes stays in GP2 and Dale Runs Alex Lloyd again who did a credible job for him last year or Bertand Baguette who did a more than credible job with Bottom Feeder Conquest.

  2. Leigh O'Gorman permalink

    Confirmed. James Jakes out and Luca Filippi in at Scuderia Coloni

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