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Parnelli Jones’ grandson Jagger stars in USF2000 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gavin Baker Photography

Jagger Jones, the grandson of Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones, was the fastest driver in the USF2000 segment of last week’s Chris Griffis Test.

All three of IndyCar’s single-seater support series were in action on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, and it was Jones – previously a racer in the NASCAR’s fourth tier at a regional level – who topped three of the six USF2000 sessions.

DEForce Racing’s Mac Clark, this year’s United States Formula 4 runner-up, started the test on top in the wet, with Legacy Autosport’s Viktor Andersson sitting out that session and the remaining ones of the day.

His team-mate Simon Sikes headed session two, with representative laptimes now being set on the dry track, and then Cape Motorsports’ Jones pipped Sikes by 0.0128 seconds in session three to end the day on top.

Jones began the next day by going fastest again, improving the benchmark pace to 1m35.4672s, with Jay Howard Driver Development’s Lucas Oil School of Racing graduate Yeoroo Lee skipping out on the action this time.

Thomas Nepveu got within a tenth of Jones’ pace by being the quickest in session two of Sunday, then Jones returned to the top in the final session by 0.0117s over Clark.

It was Jackson Lee in the second of Cape’s cars that actually ended the test in second place, just 0.0069s slower than Jones.

The Road to Indy’s new-for-2022 rung USF Juniors was not in action at the Chris Griffis test, but already has a driver signed for its Formula 4-based first season as Nikita Johnson joins the grid.

The Velocity Racing Development protege, still only 13, won in the YACademy Winter Series for F4 cars at the start of this year and has had to wait another 12 months before being able to return to the category. He will contest the Florida-based series again in 2022 with VRD, then embark on a USF Juniors campaign in the same car.

‘I’m super happy to join VRD,” said Johnson. “Their results prove they are the best in the business.

“My sponsors and I did our homework when we first joined the VRD Academy. We knew VRD was the best team and I think this was before they had even won a race.”

Test results

Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jagger Jones Cape Motorsports 1m35.4672s 99
2 Jackson Lee Cape Motorsports 1m35.4741s +0.0069s 111
3 Thomas Nepveu DEForce Racing 1m35.5209s +0.0537s 77
4 Mac Clark DEForce Racing 1m35.5870s +0.1198s 89
5 Dylan Christie DEForce Racing 1m35.8693s +0.4021s 80
6 Simon Sikes Legacy Autosport 1m35.9281s +0.4609s 85
7 Viktor Andersson Legacy Autosport 1m36.2379s +0.7707s 48
8 Trey Burke Joe Dooling Autosports 1m36.3790s +0.9118s 91
9 Lucas Mann Exclusive Autosport 1m36.3831s +0.9159s 107
10 Nicholas d’Orlando Cape Motorsports 1m36.5438s +1.0766s 102
11 Ayrton Houk Pabst Racing 1m36.6535s +1.1863s 113
12 Ethan Ho Exclusive Autosport 1m36.6666s +1.1994s 116
13 Yeoroo Lee JHDD 1m36.8220s +1.3548s 63
14 TJ Thompson JHDD 1m37.1400s +1.6728s 90