NTT INDYCAR Series
Ed Jones Moves to Ganassi for 2018
The chairs continue to shift around as Silly Seasons carries forward, with the next big seat being settled.
Chip Ganassi Racing announced on Wednesday that Ed Jones will drive the No. 10 NTT Data Honda as a teammate to Scott 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 Indy car lineup,” team owner Chip 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.”
The 22-year-old scored a season-best third in the Indianapolis 500 for Dale Coyne Racing en route to the 2017 Rookie of the Year Award. Prior to that, he was crowned the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires champion.
“This is truly an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip, his organization and to represent NTT Data,” Jones said. “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.”
Entering just his second year in the sport, Jones added he was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Dixon.
“Scott is a legend in the sport, and to get the chance to team with him is an amazing opportunity,” Jones continued. “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.”
Chip Ganassi Racing fielded four entries in IndyCar for 2017, but announced end of season that lack of funding would see them step back to just two entries. While Tony Kanaan has announced he drive for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018, plans have yet to be revealed for Max Chilton or Charlie Kimball.
Last year, both Dixon and Kanaan placed in the top-10 in the year-end standings – third and 10th, respectively – with a victory for Dixon. Across the board, the four-some only scored eight podiums in 17 races.
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