INDYCAR: Jones Signs With Dale Coyne Racing For Full IndyCar Season

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Ed Jones has joined Dale Coyne Racing for his rookie Verizon IndyCar Series season in 2017. (DCR photo)

Ed Jones has joined Dale Coyne Racing for his rookie Verizon IndyCar Series season in 2017. (DCR photo)

PLAINFIELD, Ill. – Dale Coyne Racing has completed its full-time 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series driver lineup, with the addition of reigning Indy Lights champion Ed Jones as the driver of the No. 18 Dallara-Honda.

Jones, an Emirati driver of English descent now residing in the United States, came to America in 2015 to take part in his first season of Indy Lights racing. He impressed immediately, taking the pole in his debut race, winning the first three races of the season and going on to finish third in the standings for Carlin Racing.

This past season, Jones returned with Carlin and claimed top honors in the Indy Lights Series on the strength of eight podium finishes, including two wins. He also scored eight poles, more than any other driver in the series.

“I’m hugely excited about stepping up to the Verizon IndyCar Series next year with Dale Coyne Racing,” said Jones. “To reach an agreement as early as we have done is great news as it gives me plenty of time to settle into the team and get to know everybody properly so we can prepare as well as possible for the season ahead.”

“IndyCar has been my goal ever since I left Europe to come and race in America, and it’s crazy to think I’ll be joining the grid just two years after moving stateside. Together with my management team and sponsors, I’ve worked so hard for this opportunity and I fully intend to grab it by the scruff of the neck and make the most of it.”

By agreeing to a contract with the 21-year-old, Dale Coyne Racing is keeping up its tradition of helping young drivers make their debut in the top American open-wheel racing series.  

“Ed had a couple of remarkable seasons in Indy Lights and we’re very excited to have him join our team for his rookie IndyCar campaign,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “I attended the season finale at Laguna Seca and Ed demonstrated a lot of poise, maturity and determination while under pressure, knowing that the championship was on the line. Those are all qualities that will serve him well in IndyCar. I was very impressed with what I saw.”

“It’s always a pleasure to work with young drivers and see them evolve as the season goes by. We’re excited to be able to get things going this early in the off-season with both of our drivers, and as I said when we confirmed Sebastien (Bourdais), we’re very much looking forward to the 2017 season.”

CREDIT: Dale Coyne Racing

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