Ed Jones, Scuderia Corsa Join Ed Carpenter Racing For 2019 Indycar Series Season

Jones Named as Road and Street Course Driver of No. 20, Will Compete in 2019 Indianapolis 500 in No. 64 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet

Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa will combine their efforts to field Ed Jones in 13 of 17 events on the 2019 IndyCar Series schedule, team officials announced today. The 2019 season will see Jones compete in all road and street course events in the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet. Additionally, ECR and Scuderia Corsa will field the No. 64 for Jones in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Jones will race alongside team owner Ed Carpenter, oval driver of the No. 20, and Spencer Pigot, full-time driver of the No. 21 Chevrolet. 

“Joining Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 IndyCar Series is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of!” remarked Jones. “Both ECR and Scuderia Corsa have been successful in their respective series and I feel the combination of forces will be greatly beneficial. I’m extremely excited to get underway!”

Born of English descent in Dubai, Jones began his racing career in local karting competitions at age 9. He moved to single seaters in 2011, climbing up the European ranks. In 2015, Jones shifted his focus to North America and transitioned to Indy Lights. The next year, he won the championship and secured himself a place in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series field. His first two Indy car races resulted in Top 10 finishes, but it was May when he burst onto the scene with a third-place finish in his Indianapolis 500 debut. His year-long performance with Dale Coyne Racing earned him 2017 Rookie of the Year honors. Driving for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018, Jones scored eight Top 10 finishes in the 13 races in which he was running at the finish. His sophomore season also featured two more podium celebrations with third place results at Long Beach and Detroit. The races which will make up the 23-year-old’s third season of Indy car competition will include the 12 road and street course events and the 2019 Indianapolis 500.

The No. 20 and the No. 64 entries for Jones are the result of a relationship between Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa. Scuderia Corsa’s partnership with ECR will be the next step in the Las Vegas-based team’s expansion into open-wheel racing. Scuderia Corsa was founded by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo in 2012 with the primary purpose of supporting racing needs of Ferrari clients. The team entered GT competition in 2013 and tasted success immediately, winning the championship in their first season. Numerous championships followed across multiple North American series, as have podium finishes in sport car racing’s most prestigious events and achieving more than 100 sportscar victories in only six years - including wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 12 Hours of Sebring, 10 Hours of Petit Le Mans and 6 Hours of Watkins Glen. Scuderia Corsa made their initial foray into open-wheel racing at the 2018 Indianapolis 500, aligning with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to field Oriol Servià in the No 64. A bold strategy vaulted Servià to the front of the field, where he held the lead of the 500-mile race until only eight laps remained.

“As we expand our racing efforts in the IndyCar Series I couldn’t think of anyone better than Ed Jones and Ed Carpenter Racing. We are thrilled to join them!” stated Giacomo Mattioli, Scudeira Corsa Team Principal.

With his team’s newest driver solidified, Carpenter is more eager than ever to begin the 2019 season. “I am very excited to welcome Ed Jones to the ECR family, as well as Scuderia Corsa and Giacomo,” commented Carpenter. “I was very surprised when Ed became available at the end of the season. I look forward to working together to get ECR back in Victory Lane!"

Ed Carpenter Racing now retains two of the four most recent Indy Lights champions. Pigot’s 2015 Indy Lights championship was the precursor to Jones winning the same title in 2016. Pigot, from Orlando, Fla., has spent the majority of his Indy car career with Ed Carpenter Racing with only four of his 39 starts occurring outside of ECR. The 2019 season will be the 25-year-old’s fourth with ECR and second full-time in the No. 21. Team owner and Indianapolis native Carpenter, 37, will remain the oval driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet for his 17th year of Indy car competition. ECR will enter Carpenter, Pigot and Jones in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with Jones moving to the No. 64 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet.

Jones is looking forward to joining ECR as the Indianapolis-based team makes another run at their hometown race. “Ed Carpenter Racing has shown amazing speed the last few years at the Indianapolis 500. You can always expect the ECR cars to be at the front,” said Jones. “I am really grateful for this chance and will do everything I can to make sure we, as a team, make the most of it!”

Formed in late 2011, ECR entered the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time in 2012. The team has shown versatility by earning seven wins on each style of track the series competes on – street and road courses, short ovals and speedways. The team currently boasts 25 Top 5 finishes, 19 of which have been podiums. When Carpenter earned the coveted first starting spot for the 2018 Indianapolis 500, the only owner/driver in the Verizon IndyCar Series became just the 10th driver in the 102-year history of the race to earn three or more pole positions. ECR Chevrolets have started on the front row of the Indy 500 in five of the past six events. In the previous three years, ECR has two Top 3 results in the 500-mile race, including Carpenter’s runner-up finish this year.

Jones will be trackside at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today as Carpenter tests the No. 20 Chevrolet at the 2.5-mile oval. Ed Carpenter Racing is in the process of finalizing the remainder their off-season testing program, which will include Jones’s first time in the No. 20. The 2019 IndyCar Series season will open March 10 in the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida The 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on May 26, 2019.

Jones signs off sophomore IndyCar season with top ten finish at Sonoma

  • Chip Ganassi Racing ace enjoys strong end to second IndyCar campaign
  • Dubai-born Brit races to eighth top ten finish of 2018 in California
  • 23-year-old pulls off eye-catching overtakes in distinctive NTT DATA car


Ed Jones took the fight to some of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ biggest names in the 2018 finale at Sonoma Raceway last weekend (14-16 September), speeding to an eighth top ten finish of his sophomore season at the pinnacle of US open-wheel competition to cap a campaign that he describes as encouraging and frustrating in equal measure.
 
From the moment his No.10 NTT DATA car rolled off the truck and onto the track at Sonoma, the talented young Dubai, UAE-born ace was in the mix. He duly lapped inside the top seven amongst the 25 high-calibre contenders in both of Friday’s practice sessions – not far adrift of Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Scott Dixon, a previous pole-sitter and three-time winner around the 2.385-mile California road course, and the third-most successful driver in IndyCar history.
 
Qualifying, unfortunately, did not reward that potential, as a strategic gamble left Jones a disappointed and unrepresentative 14th on the starting grid for Sunday’s fiercely-disputed Grand Prix of Sonoma – a double points-paying contest to conclude the campaign.
 
Undeterred, an impressively assertive opening lap saw the 2016 Indy Lights Champion and 2017 IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’ immediately gain three spots to 11th, and courtesy of a strong and consistent turn-of-speed, Jones was up to eighth by the time the first round of pit-stops had shaken out – sandwiched in-between former title-winners Sébastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden.
 
After pulling off eye-catching overtaking moves on Graham Rahal and Newgarden – the latter the qualifying lap record-holder at the track – Jones rose as high as second behind the wheel of his 720bhp Dallara-Honda single-seater before making his final pit-stop with 20 laps remaining, following which he continued to push hard to take the chequered flag in tenth position. That secured the 23-year-old Brit 13th spot in the overall standings – an improvement on 2017.
 
As he reflects upon the race and the season as a whole, Jones can look back at a year of highs and lows, podiums and punctures – but above all, plenty learned and tremendous promise for the future.
 
“I really wanted to end 2018 on a high,” acknowledged the 2013 European F3 Open Champion, who is being coached by multiple IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. “P6 in first practice was an encouraging way to begin, but qualifying was super frustrating. We had a car that was quick enough to progress – potentially even as far as the Firestone Fast Six – but instead of being up at the sharp end of the grid, we wound up well outside the top ten at a circuit where passing is notoriously tricky.
 
“The race itself went reasonably well. I got a good start and was able to make a few satisfying overtakes, and whilst we perhaps struggled a bit more with tyre degradation than some of our rivals, I feel we got the maximum out of the situation and it was good to sign off the season with another top ten.
 
“It’s been a difficult year on the whole. We’ve had some very good runs but we’ve also been extremely unlucky, with several things that didn’t go our way and six races where we haemorrhaged points due to reasons ranging from punctures to mechanical issues and a couple of crashes – one of them while I was running second close to the end. Without that, I’m fairly confident we would have finished inside the top eight in the drivers’ table, and when you consider that six of the top seven overall are former champions, that would have been a pretty decent outcome.
 
“On the positive side, I’ve learned so much from working alongside both Scott and Dario and the opportunity to draw upon their wealth of combined experience – and I’m a stronger driver for that. At the end of the day, Scott is the benchmark in IndyCar racing – as he has proven again this year – so to have out-qualified him five times in the same car and beaten him in a straight fight in Detroit was extremely rewarding, because not many people get the better of him.
 
“It takes time to adapt when you move to a new team, but I’m more comfortable at Ganassi now than I’ve ever been and really feel at home, and all-told, I’m happy with my performance – when I’ve had a trouble-free weekend, I think I’ve shown what I can do.
 
“Congratulations to Scott on winning the championship for a fifth time – that’s some achievement and thoroughly well-deserved after all the hard work that has gone into it. Thanks, finally, to NTT DATA for all the support this year. I’m very fortunate to have such a great brand and group of people behind-the-scenes that make it all feel like a family – not to mention, of course, the best-looking car in the field...”

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Jones' promising Portland pace undone by opening lap misfortune

  • Dubai-born Brit out-qualifies championship-leading team-mate for fifth time in 2018
  • Chip Ganassi Racing ace innocent victim in clash between two other drivers
  • 23-year-old determined to sign off sophomore IndyCar season in style at Sonoma


Ed Jones produced Scott Dixon-beating pace in the penultimate round of the fiercely-disputed Verizon IndyCar Series at Portland International Raceway last weekend (30 August - 2 September), but the talented young Dubai, UAE-born ace was denied the opportunity to convert that into a strong result after getting caught up in somebody else’s incident on the opening lap of the race.
 
The Grand Prix of Portland marked IndyCar’s return to the Pacific Northwest for the first time in more than a decade, with all drivers taking part in a pre-event test to either familiarise or re-familiarise themselves with the 12-turn, 1.964-mile permanent road course. Putting a total of 57 laps on the board, Jones wound up eighth-quickest amongst the 25 high-calibre protagonists – just over a third-of-a-second shy of the outright benchmark.
 
The 2016 Indy Lights Champion and 2017 IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’ remained in or around the top ten throughout free practice in Oregon – always well within striking distance of Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Dixon. He then proceeded to out-qualify the New Zealander by more than two tenths-of-a-second to secure eighth spot on the starting grid for the race, breaking the lap record along the way with the fastest time of anybody in the first phase of the knockout session.
 
Not only is Dixon the current championship leader, but he is a four-time title-winner and – with 44 victories on his career CV – the third-most successful IndyCar driver ever, making Jones’ performance in equal machinery all the more impressive.
 
With a large crowd lining the circuit banking, the 23-year-old Brit was optimistic of a competitive showing the following day, but his race unfortunately did not last more than the opening sequence of corners, as he found himself collected in a multi-car accident sparked by a collision between James Hinchcliffe and Zach Veach immediately ahead. In the ensuing pile-up, the car of Marco Andretti flew over the top of Jones’ 720bhp Dallara-Honda single-seater – thankfully without any injuries.
 
The same, however, could not be said for the No.10 NTT DATA entry, with suspension damage forcing Jones out of contention on the spot. He is now fully focussed on signing off his sophomore season at the pinnacle of US open-wheel competition in style in the 2018 finale at Sonoma Raceway, California on 16 September.
 
“It was another weekend that sums up our year so far,” rued the former European F3 Open title-holder, who is being coached by multiple IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. “IndyCar has a long history at Portland, and it was good to see that tradition return but things didn’t go our way again.
 
“I wasn’t happy in practice; we weren’t where we needed to be, but we worked hard overnight to ensure the NTT DATA car would be further up the speed chart in qualifying, which was a tough session. We were quickest in the first group in round one, which was obviously good, but after that, I think with the way the track played out we went the wrong way on the balance and that hurt us. It left us battling too much understeer in the second session, and we didn’t quite have enough to advance to the Firestone Fast Six.
 
“Then in the race, I was simply caught up in a lap one crash that I had no chance of avoiding. It looked like Veach and Hinchcliffe were side-by-side going into Turn Two and Veach just turned right into him like he wasn’t there. He didn’t give any room and it caused a huge shunt. Andretti flew over my head and maybe even nicked my helmet.
 
“I’m just glad Marco was ok and no-one got hurt in all that. I’m ok too, but really disappointed for the NTT DATA crew. We were in strong shape and hoped we would be up at the sharp end in the race. Now we move on to Sonoma, and I’m confident we can make something happen there.”

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Jones shines under the spotlights with podium-challenging Gateway run

  • Dubai-born Brit threatens top three finish in Illinois
  • Ganassi ace takes the fight to IndyCar’s heavy-hitters
  • 23-year-old showcases spectacular overtaking skills


Ed Jones rolled the dice in last weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park – round 15 of 17 on the fiercely-disputed Verizon IndyCar Series calendar – and whilst his late podium bid didn’t quite come off under the Illinois floodlights, he nonetheless dug deep to tally a seventh top ten finish of the 2018 campaign.
 
Unlike many of its rivals, Chip Ganassi Racing did not test at the 1.25-mile St. Louis oval earlier this year, meaning IndyCar sophomore Jones headed into the weekend somewhat on the back foot. Impressively undeterred, the talented Dubai, UAE-born ace was immediately on the pace behind the wheel of his 720bhp Dallara-Honda single-seater, lapping fifth-quickest amongst the 21 high-calibre contenders in FP1 – a session repeatedly interrupted by rain that left puddles of standing water at the entry to the pit-lane.
 
With the elements playing havoc with the track schedule, qualifying was cancelled in favour of a longer final practice to allow drivers and teams more time to dial their cars in for the following evening’s 248-lap race. Jones improved to fourth in that session – just two places behind championship-leading CGR stablemate Scott Dixon, the third-most successful driver in IndyCar history – and he duly went into the next day in confident mood.
 
“It obviously wasn’t the situation anyone wanted with the weather, but that’s what we were dealt,” mused the 2016 Indy Lights Champion and 2017 IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’. “The No.10 NTT DATA car was fast, and I was really pleased with that given we were one of the few teams that didn’t take part in the Gateway test.
 
“It was super frustrating losing another opportunity to start up front, but in the running we had, we were able to make moves and pass cars so I was determined to fight my way through in the race.”
 
The field lined up for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 in championship order, meaning Jones took the start from 12th position but he gained three spots straightaway and soon settled into seventh, chasing former champions Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
 
Breaking away from the pursuing pack and pegging leader Dixon for pace – at one stage posting the fastest lap of anybody at an average speed of 177.362mph – the erstwhile European F3 Open Champion went on a charge. Pulling off a series of spectacular overtakes, he scythed his way boldly past Pagenaud, defending title-holder and Gateway race-winner Josef Newgarden and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, before latching right onto his team-mate’s tail.
 
A late splash ‘n’ dash fuel top-up with 22 laps to go dropped Jones to tenth, from where he battled back to eighth at the chequered flag – having spent the majority of the race running in close company with some of the biggest names in US open-wheel competition.
 
“We had decent pace, and if qualifying had gone ahead, I’m confident we would have been in the top five throughout,” reflected the 23-year-old Brit, who is being coached this year by multiple IndyCar Champion and Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti.
 
“It’s tricky to pass at this track, but we made the most of what we had. I even climbed up to third at one point but when we caught the backmarkers, I got pushed a bit high and lost a lot of grip on the ‘marbles’. It wasn’t a bad result for the NTT DATA Car considering we started 12th, but for sure I think there was more in there.”
 
Jones will return to the fray this weekend (30 August - 2 September) for the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway, the penultimate round on IndyCar’s 2018 schedule.

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Jones endures tricky weekend as Pocono lives up to its name

  • Dubai-born Brit denied opportunity to fight for strong finish in Pennsylvania
  • Chip Ganassi Racing ace left on back foot after picking up debris at start
  • Quick turnaround before next outing at Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday


Pocono Raceway is known in Verizon IndyCar Series circles as the ‘Tricky Triangle’ due to its challenging and unforgiving nature, and for Ed Jones, it more than lived up to that notorious moniker last weekend (18/19 August), as misfortune denied the talented young Dubai, UAE-born ace a strong finish.
 
Competing for Chip Ganassi Racing in his sophomore season at the pinnacle of US open-wheel competition, Jones has been consistently on the pace in 2018 but all-too-often out of luck behind the wheel of his 720bhp Dallara-Honda single-seater – and Pocono would serve up a similar story.
 
The unique, 2.5-mile triangular Pennsylvania oval played host to the 14th round of the campaign, and the former Indy Lights Champion and reigning IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’ overcame understeer to lap at an average speed of 216.547mph in qualifying, thereby putting the No.10 NTT DATA entry 12th on the grid amongst the 22 high-calibre contenders for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500.
 
That placed Jones ahead of the likes of championship-leading team-mate Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan – the most experienced driver in the current field – and oval specialist Ed Carpenter, and right behind 2017 pole-sitter Takuma Sato.
 
A long, punishing, 200-lap race lay in wait – although nobody could have predicted just how punishing it would be. A start-line collision towards the back of the pack instantly precipitated a full course caution, and at the second attempt to get proceedings underway, contact between Robert Wickens and Ryan Hunter-Reay sent the former spinning through the air and into the catch-fencing, bringing out the red flags.
 
Thankfully extricated from his car awake and alert, the Canadian was subsequently airlifted to hospital, where he is being treated for injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine as well as a pulmonary contusion.
 
Following a two-hour delay, Jones was due to take the re-start from eighth position, but he was immediately forced to pit to allow the Ganassi crew to replace his front wing and repair damage caused by debris from the accident. With teams not permitted to work on the cars under red flag conditions, the setback cost the 23-year-old Brit a lap in relation to the vast majority of his rivals, leaving him down in 15th and playing catch-up throughout.
 
Thereafter, he was routinely one of the quickest drivers on the circuit and ultimately regained three places to cross the chequered flag 12th, with a late charge bringing him to within a second of the driver ahead in 11th. A better fastest lap than four-time title-holder and erstwhile Pocono winner Dixon – who eventually finished third – proved Jones’ potential and what might have been.
 
The result nonetheless elevated the 2013 European F3 Open Champion a spot in the overall standings as he switches his focus now to the next outing on the fiercely-disputed IndyCar schedule – the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Illionois’ Gateway Motorsports Park on Saturday, 25 August.
 
“Pocono is one of the toughest ovals you’re ever going to encounter,” reflected Jones, who is being coached this year by multiple IndyCar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. “It’s nicknamed the ‘Tricky Triangle’, which really sums it up and I was looking forward to the challenge – especially after two weekends away from the track.
 
“You’re always a little disappointed when you don’t line up near the front of the grid, but both CGR cars struggled a bit in qualifying – and with the final practice session being rained off, we didn’t get a lot of pre-race track time over the weekend, which limited the improvements we could make to the NTT DATA entry.
 
“The start of the race was pretty crazy, but we made it through. Obviously, we sat and waited for a while after the accident and it was great to hear the positive news on Robert [Wickens]. We picked up some damage and had to make repairs when we got going again. We went laps down after that, and from there just tried to adjust the NTT DATA car the best we could to get the most out of it.”

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