INDIANAPOLIS — Chip Ganassi Racing announced Wednesday that Ed Jones, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, has joined the team’s full-time roster for 2018 and will pilot the No. 10 NTT Data Honda.
Jones, who drove for Dale Coyne Racing in his rookie season this past year, will become a teammate to four-time Indy car champion and former Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon.
The 22-year-old Dubai-based Briton scored a best finish of third at the Indianapolis 500 this season, following his conquest of the Indy Lights championship in 2016.
During his Lights title run, Jones captured two wins and nine podium finishes with Carlin Racing.
“This is truly an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip, his organization and to represent NTT DATA,” said Jones. “Chip runs one of the biggest and best motor racing teams in the world, and equally as important, is a proven winner across each series he competes in from Le Mans to Indianapolis and beyond,”
“I want to get up to speed quickly and learn as much as I can. Scott is a legend in the sport, and to get the chance to team with him is an amazing opportunity. I think I’m joining the team at a perfect time, when the playing field is being reset with common aero kits and everyone is adjusting to a new formula. I’m really looking forward to getting in the car and getting underway with our 2018 campaign.”
Jones completes the Ganassi IndyCar roster, which was slimmed from four cars to two following a rough season across the board, save for Dixon’s third-place finish in the final standings.
“We’ve been following Ed’s career for quite some time now and are pleased we are able to add him to strengthen our Indy car lineup,” Ganassi said. “He has a year of Indy car racing under his belt now and is the type of young talent that we were looking for. We can’t wait to get him on the race track.”
CREDIT: Chip Ganassi Racing