Indianapolis, Ind. (Monday, May 15, 2023)– James Roe continues to show why he’s among Ireland’s best. After qualifying a season-best eighth on Friday, Roe pushed his pace on race day, piloting his No. 29 Topcon Andretti Autosport Dallara to a seventh place finish over the yard of bricks. This strong drive around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course was his second straight top ten finish in the INDY NXT™ by Firestone season.
Earning 28 points for the finish, the 24-year-old rises to ninth in the championship standings for his partners in Topcon Positioning Systems, CES Power, Strong Roots, Ring Power Corporation and The Ireland Funds.
“It was a clean race, I moved forward at the start,” Roe said. “The pace is so close in this championship right now that there wasn’t a lot going on once the race settled in. I think there was only one pass in the whole field in front of me throughout the 35 laps. So I settled in and focused on collecting more points. I’m really proud of the #29 crew, we had a few little issues over the weekend and they dug deep and got everything sorted for our race.”
Roe will look to take his strong form into the double header on the streets of Detroit on June 3 and 4. The Irishman sits just five points behind teammate Louis Foster in seventh and Jacob Abel in eighth who each have 74 points.
Roe concluded – “We’re getting there on where we want to be pace wise and we moved up the championship order so we need to keep building”.
ABOUT JAMES ROE
Hometown: Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland
2023 Car: No. 29 Topcon Andretti Autosport Dallara