Jay Howard

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Jay Howard
Jay Howard 2008 Indy 500 Second Qual Day.jpg
Howard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2008.
Nationality England English
Born (1981-02-16) February 16, 1981 (age 33)
Basildon, England
IRL IndyCar Series
Years active 2008, 2010
Teams Sarah Fisher Racing
Roth Racing
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Starts 9
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best champ.
finish
28th in 2008
Previous series
2006–2007, 2009
2006
2004–2005
2003

2003
2002
Firestone Indy Lights

Toyota Racing Series
U.S. F2000 National Championship
Formula Renault 2000 UK Winter Championship
British Formula Ford Championship
Avon Tyres Junior Formula Ford
Championship titles
2006
2005
2003
Indy Pro Series
U.S. F2000 National Championship
Formula Renault 2000 UK Winter Championship

Jay Howard (born February 16, 1981 in Basildon, England) is an English professional race car driver who competes in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500 and resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. Howard was the 2005 U.S. Formula Ford Zetec champion and moved up to the Firestone Indy Lights where he captured two wins on his way to the 2006 championship for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in his rookie season. He qualified for his first Indianapolis 500 in 2011.

2006 Indy Pro Series[edit]

Howard competed for Sam Schmidt Motorsports when he won the points championship in his rookie season.

2007 Indy Pro Series[edit]

He made three starts for SpeedWorks at the beginning of the 2007 season, but was inactive for the rest of the year.

2008 IndyCar Series[edit]

Roth Racing announced on November 26, 2007 that they had signed Jay Howard to drive their second car for the 2008 IndyCar Series season.[1]

Howard was hired on merit/talent and did not bring sponsorship to the team. The team was presented with a sponsorship opportunity with another driver and Howard was replaced in the #24 Roth Racing entry by John Andretti for the 2008 Indianapolis 500. This was originally announced as a one–race arrangement, meaning Howard would be back for the Milwaukee race. However, on May 30 it was announced that Andretti would continue in the #24 car in the Milwaukee Mile and Texas Motor Speedway races.[2] Andretti also drove in the next two races at the Iowa Speedway and Richmond International Raceway, but Howard returned to the car for the Watkins Glen International road course race. It would be Howard's last race with the team as it contracted to a single car driven by team owner Marty Roth for the rest of the season.

2009 Firestone Indy Lights[edit]

Howard began the 2009 Indy Lights season (the new name for the Indy Pro Series) for the rookie outfit Team PBIR. He competed in five races before being replaced by paying drivers Pablo Donoso and Richard Philippe for the remainder of the season.

2010 IndyCar Series[edit]

While Howard was announced in late 2009 with SFR for four events (Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, ChicagoLand Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), on March 1 SFR announced that they would add the Kansas Speedway event to Howard's 2010 campaign.[3]

On April 14, Howard joined team owner Fisher when he was the first entrant for the 2010 Indianapolis 500, while celebrating the 100th anniversary of English drivers competing at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[4]

On April 21, Howard unveiled the 2010 paint scheme for his No. 66 Service central entry at Kansas Speedway during a private test.[5]

On May 23, Howard had qualified for the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500. With just minutes left before the gun would fire to signal the 33-car field, Howard's entry was withdrawn due to pressure from next in queue, veteran driver Paul Tracy. Howard failed to show sufficient speed to qualify and missed the race.

On Aug. 28, Howard competed in his last race with SFR, fulfilling his contract with the team.

On October 10, Howard won the RoboPong 200 all-star kart race at the New Castle Motorsports Park along with teammate Bill McLaughlin, Jr., beating such notable drivers as Will Power and Graham Rahal, among others.[6]

2011 IndyCar Series[edit]

Howard noted in an interview on Oct 14, 2010, on Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee on 1070 The Fan Indianapolis that he would in no way return to SFR after the year they had. He also noted that he has his 2011 Indianapolis 500 program solidified and the team would be announced soon.[7] Howard signed a deal with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in association with Sam Schmidt Motorsports to race in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and the twin races at Texas Motor Speedway. Howard successfully qualified for the Indy 500 on pole day in the 20th position. He crashed out of the race after completing 60 laps and was credited with 30th place. Two weeks later he finished 15th and 20th in the twin races at Texas Motor Speedway.

2012 IndyCar Series[edit]

Howard was announced on April 23, 2012 as the driver of a Mike Shank Racing entry which was filed for the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.[8] On May 2, 2012, MSR Indy Announced they had relieved Jay Howard of his duties to the team after an engine deal had not materialized for the team, leaving the Brit open to pursue other options.[9]

Media work[edit]

In a national promotion with MTV and American Family Insurance Howard served as a Driver Coach with a music-obsessed teen named Lauren during the Fall of 2009. The spots were filmed on October 12 and 13 in Nebraska at Mid-America Motorplex. The spots started circulating during MTV's Real World/Road Rules Challenge on Oct. 28, 2009. The spots ran for four weeks during MTV's flagship program with the fifth installment slated for Dec. 4, 2009 during the mtvU Woodie Awards which were filmed on Wed. Oct 18 in NYC.[10]

Howard is represented by BRANDed Management agency, founded by Klint Briney.

Personal life[edit]

Howard married his longtime girlfriend Courtney Nicoson on Saturday, October 29, 2011 in a private ceremony in Indianapolis, In.

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2006 Sam Schmidt Motorsports HMS
3
STP1
3
STP2
2
INDY
2
WGL
6
IMS
18
NSH
1
MIL
7
KTY
1
SNM1
10
SNM2
5
CHI
3
1st 390
2007 SpeedWorks HMS
10
STP1
5
STP2
24
INDY MIL IMS1 IMS2 IOW WGL1 WGL2 NSH MDO KTY SNM1 SNM2 CHI 28th 56
2009 Team PBIR STP1
5
STP2
8
LBH
13
KAN
10
INDY
4
MIL
IOW WGL TOR EDM KTY MDO SNM CHI HMS 21st 123

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2008 Roth Racing HMS
22
STP
14
MOT1
13
LBH1
DNP
KAN
13
INDY
Rpl
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL
26
NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI SRF2 28th 72
2010 Sarah Fisher Racing SAO STP ALA LBH KAN
25
INDY
DNQ
TXS
26
IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO
24
SNM CHI
22
KTY MOT HMS 31st 44
2011 Sam Schmidt Motorsports
RLL Racing
STP ALA LBH SAO INDY
30
TXS1
15
TXS2
20
MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO NHM SNM BAL MOT KTY 40th 27
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing LVS
C
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points-paying, exhibition race.
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team Note
2008 Dallara Honda Rpl Roth Racing Passed rookie test but was then replaced by team with John Andretti
2010 Dallara Honda DNQ Sarah Fisher Racing Qualifying time withdrawn and unable to re-qualify successfully.
2011 Dallara Honda 20 30 RLL Racing/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Was running seventh, but finished 30th in part because of a right-rear tire issue as he left pit lane.
2012 Dallara N/A DNQ Mike Shank Team was unable to secure an engine lease despite having full sponsorship to run Howard.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wade Cunningham
Indy Pro Series Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Alex Lloyd