Jones to Drive No. 18 Team SealMaster Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan for 2021

Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan announced today that Ed Jones will drive the No.18 car, co-entered by Dale Coyne Racing and Vasser Sullivan Racing for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.   

The team also announced that, for the fourth consecutive season, the car will carry primary sponsorship support from SealMaster Pavement Products and be entered as the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda.

Jones is the 2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third. He is also the 2016 Indy Lights Champion. Jones has made 47 IndyCar starts earning 14 top-10 finishes including three podium performances, the third at Indy in 2017, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018. Jones, 25, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.

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Dale Coyne, Team co-owner Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan:
“We’re very happy to have Ed Jones back with us and back in the NTT IndyCar Series this season. We were sad to see him leave after his first time with us but we’ve kept in touch since. Ed had a great rookie season at DCR in 2017, which included our best finish of third at the Indianapolis 500. Now with DCVS, we hope to continue where we left off with him and look forward to a strong season.” 

James “Sulli” Sullivan, Team co-owner Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan:
“We’re full steam ahead having Ed Jones join us, and taking over the driver responsibilities for the No. 18 Team SealMaster machine. Ed has had some big moments in IndyCar, and we expect you’ll see some big moments with us together in 2021.” 

Ed Jones, Driver No. 18 Team SealMaster – Dale Coyne Racing w/ Vasser-Sullivan Honda:
“I’m really excited to join the Coyne Vasser Sullivan team for the 2021 NTT IndyCar season. I started my IndyCar career with Dale, Jimmy and Sulli have had much success as owners together, and the combination of Coyne, Vasser Sullivan is a proven team over the last 3 seasons. I’m pumped for the opportunity to drive the #18 SealMaster machine and represent the SealMaster franchisees across the country, this really is the perfect opportunity.” 

Jason Hedlesky, SealMaster Director of Franchise Development:
“We’ve enjoyed a successful partnership with the team. It’s been great for our brand. Renewing our commitment affords us the opportunity to keep SealMaster in the national spotlight of IndyCar racing, and on its international stage, as well.”

 

 

Goodwood Speedweek 2020

The Goodwood Speedweek 2020 provided motor sport enthusiasts both modern, but particularly those with a passion for historic cars to see the most tremendous selection of cars on track. 

Ed and Joe Twyman his co-driver, drove a 1964 AC Cobra in the RAC TT feature race and extracted the best performance possible with the most fun.

 

 

 

 

 

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WRT Team Audi Sport confirms Ed Jones as a 2020 DTM driver

WRT Team Audi Sport today announced the driver line-up for its 2020 DTM campaign. For its second season in the top sportscar series, the Belgian squad is renewing entirely the line-up and betting again on young talent. One Audi RS 5 DTM will be entrusted in 2020 to Ed Jones, who comes from single-seater formula.

Ed Jones (24), born in Dubai from British parents, formed himself in F.Renault series before ascending to Formula 3 and taking the Euroformula Open title in 2013. He then embarked in a successful career in the US, becoming the Indy Lights Champion in 2016. In 2017-19, he raced in IndyCar where he secured  a spectacular third position (3rd) at the Indy 500 in 2017.

Jones will be making his debut with the team and at the wheel of the Audi RS 5 DTM at the testing session scheduled this week at Jerez de la Frontera, in Southern Spain.

In 2019, the year of its tenth anniversary, Team WRT, one of the most winning teams in GT3 racing of the decade which has also clinched numerous successes in other categories, including TCR, made its debut in the DTM, as WRT Team Audi Sport. In its maiden season, with Jonathan Aberdein and Pietro Fittipaldi, it showed constant progress, clinching solid results both in qualifying and races, and a final P6 in the Teams’ standings.

Vincent Vosse: “We are delighted to welcome Ed to the Team. A young driver who has already proven his value and sees in the DTM the right series to develop his career. Once again, we are giving an opportunity to young talent, which is one of our core principles. I am convinced that  Ed will contribute a lot to the growth of WRT Team Audi Sport in our crucial second season in the DTM.”

Ed Jones: “I look forward joining WRT Team Audi Sport and the DTM in 2020. This is a series I have been watching closely in the past, very appealing, with high-level competition and great racing. I am excited to get going, with such a great team around me. Audi won the title last year, WRT had a great maiden season, the objective is to be on the podium, and if everything goes well, to go for a win. I know it is going to be tough, but we have everything to grow and perform well.”

Scuderia Corsa 2019 IndyCar Review

Scuderia Corsa took on a considerable challenge in 2019 by running a full season of street course races in the NTT IndyCar series while still competing in both IMSA and Ferrari Challenge.

Team Owner Giacomo Mattioli selected driver Ed Jones and enlisted the help of Ed Carpenter Racing to run the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet for the tremendous effort. Over the 2019 season, the team showcased immense speed and reached new highs, most notably in May during both the IndyCar Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, while overcoming the obstacles presented in racing.

Scuderia Corsa sat down with Jones to review his third NTT IndyCar year. He recaptures the best moments and gives us his take on how the series is shaping as he looks ahead to 2020.

Scuderia: Looking back, what would you list as your top three moments this year?

Jones: "I think the whole build-up to Indy was the best part of the year, definitely my favorite. We had a test day where we were the fastest, I had the fastest no-tow speed in May, we were fastest overall on one of the final practice days, and in qualifying, we were the fastest in top speed. The Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet reached 241 mph which no one else achieved the entire month or year. We also did well at the Indy GP and Toronto, making it into the Fast Six. We had some great starts this year overall. They were good steps, and hopefully, the team can continue to capitalize on that."

 

Scuderia: The month of May was an excellent performance overall, what do you think makes that race so unique?

Jones: "I think for me, it's the race that really stood out my rookie season. It's always been a special race for me because of that moment. It's the biggest race of the year with more people in attendance than any other venue. It's so challenging being on an oval and racing 500 miles. You have to get everything right; you aren't allowed to rest. If you don't get everything right, you will not get the overall result, and that is what makes it the most rewarding race of all. It's part luck but part talent. You can be down a lap at one point and still win the race; you never know what can happen."

Scuderia: With the Indy 500 as your only oval, did you miss running ovals this year?

Jones: "I enjoy ovals, they're a different type of challenge so yes I would have liked to have done more. The way racing has gone, it's a fortunate thing, they've made many safety improvements. Those changes, in my opinion, take away a bit of the fear factor. I think you have to have a thrill. It's only on an oval that racing gets frightening at points. As a driver, you need moments like that as it makes it more rewarding mentally when you get it right."

Scuderia: How do you think IndyCar competition fairs on a world stage against other series?

Jones: "I think it is a super competitive series; however, between the teams, there is probably a bigger difference than people think there is. What was highlighted to me this year is how important it is to have the whole package, just the right people in every position. You have to have it all to really compete. I've been impressed with how much the series has grown, even in the three years since I've been over here. It seems like everyone is taking the extra step needed to keep growing."

Scuderia: There seemed to be an emphasis on younger drivers this year, what's your take on highlighting the rookies and new drivers?

Jones: "You did see younger drivers doing well at certain races, which is great for the series because the older guys only have so much time to keep going. However, if you look at the drivers at the head of the championship are the older guys, someone consistently there every race. That's what the younger guys are missing is the experience and consistency. I think that comes with time."

Scuderia: You alone were Scuderia Corsa's representation on that stage, did you feel well supported from Scuderia Corsa?

Jones: "I thought the Scuderia representation was great all year. When you're racing the people, you work with make a difference. It is important to have good people around you. We've shown flashes of brilliance this year, but we had our tough moments as well. Scuderia has the experience themselves on the sportscar side to know how to get through it. They know how the whole show works. I really appreciated having Giacomo this year specifically. It was nice to be able to decompress with someone outside of the weekend and have extra support."

Scuderia: We have to give credit where it is due, would you like to thank our partners?

Jones: "Yes, of course, thank you to Scuderia Corsa for the season; it's been a pleasure. I have to thank Pacific Western Bank for their support through the entirety of the season as well as Copter and their effort. Also, thank you to WeatherTech for their support at the 500. I appreciate them all for making this year possible."

The 2019 NTT IndyCar season presented a learning curve for Scuderia Corsa. The team attacked the challenge with the steady endurance it shows in every form of racing. Leading the charge was none other than Mattioli. He enjoyed the process of his first full IndyCar effort and the second year running the Indianapolis 500 while the business of racing is never predictable Mattioli calmly took in stride each new experience the season brought.

"I think we can be proud of what we accomplished," Mattioli said. "In racing, you will always have days that are better than others, but we had plenty of good days this year. We would not have been able to make it possible without Ed Carpenter Racing and the hard work their team provided. I am also thankful for Pacific Western Bank for their support in our program as well as Copter. It's true, without them none of this is possible."

Scuderia Corsa Takes on Final IndyCar Race of 2019

Scuderia Corsa celebrates the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season finale with Ed Jones at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey in what will mark the end of a 15-year hiatus for IndyCar since last running the road course.

Scuderia Corsa caps the NTT IndyCar season off by making history with the North American open-wheel series in its long-awaited return to historic Laguna Seca. Jones will wheel the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course for his final time this year. He will battle down the famed Corkscrew, Turn 8, taking on 300 feet of elevation change. With one last podium up for grabs, the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey is sure to be an intense battle.

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca's motorsport history covers numerous forms of racing including NTT IndyCar, MotoGP, IMSA and many more. With Mattioli Automotive Group dealerships nearby Scuderia Corsa considers WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca home, making it a fitting venue for the close of the 2019 IndyCar season.

For Jones Laguna Seca brings back good memories and marks the start of a new goal.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Laguna Seca," Jones said. "Last time I raced there I won the championship in Indy Lights, so it has a good history for me. Obviously, we hope to have some similar success in the coming weekend. I think it will be tough again. I'd like to make the most of the last race of the weekend and have something good to look back on. I'm actually looking forward to finishing the season so we can start working towards next year."

The final NTT IndyCar weekend of 2019 begins with practice Friday, Sept 20. Practice One takes place at 10:30 a.m. PT followed by Practice Two at 2:10 p.m. with Pit Stop Practice ending the day at 3:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept 21 kicks off with Practice Three before NTT IndyCar Qualifying gets underway at 1:35 p.m. Race day is Sunday, Sept 22. The 90 lap, Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey goes green at noon local time and 3 p.m. ET. Watch the race live on NBC.