Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that 22-year-old British driver Ed Jones has joined the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda beginning in 2018, teaming up with four-time IndyCar Champion, Indianapolis 500 Winner and 41-time race winner Scott Dixon.
The 2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year scored a best finish of third at the Indianapolis 500 this season after taking the Indy Lights Championship in 2016 on the strength of two wins and nine podium finishes.
After one full season at Dale Coyne Racing, Jones makes the move to another two-car Honda team for 2018. “This is truly an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip, his organization and to represent NTT DATA. 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.”
Jones is excited about teaming up with one of the greatest drivers in series history. “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.”
Team owner Chip Ganassi now has a young, talented driver to pair with Dixon. “We’ve been following Ed’s career for quite some time now and are pleased we are able to add him to strengthen our lineup. 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.”
Jones will be at IMS tomorrow, with CGR Managing Director Mike Hull as part of an IndyCar test at the speedway.
The move to Ganassi now opens the door for the No. 19 car at Dale Coyne Racing, which will surely have plenty of suitors. Silly Season continues, with more open seats remaining to be filled. The second car (No. 4) at Foyt, the non-oval races at ECR (No. 20), and one or two spots with Carling Racing if they join the series next season. There is also the expected announcement of Gabby Chaves and Harding Racing for the 2018 season.