Driver – #20
The 2019 season will see Ed 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.
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 earned him 2017 Rookie of the Year honors. 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.
Top 5 Finishes: 3
Top 10 Finishes: 13
First Start: St. Petersburg (3/12/17)
Born in Dubai in 1995, Ed Jones first climbed behind the wheel of a go-kart at Jebel Ali – the UAE’s longest-established karting track – at the age of just four.
He began his racing career in local karting competitions five years later, clinching the United Arab Emirates Cadet Class crown at his first attempt. He collected six titles at various levels before making his European debut in 2008, contesting the Rotax Max and KF3 categories until 2010.
In 2011, Jones made his debut in single-seaters. Entering the InterSteps Championship with Fortec Motorsports, he concluded proceedings an impressive fourth overall, with no fewer than nine podium finishes including a victory to his credit. Ed similarly made appearances for Fortec in the Formula Renault Eurocup, Formula Renault UK Championship and Formula Renault UK Finals.
Jones continued his collaboration with Fortec into 2012, competing in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup – achieving five top ten results – and Formula Renault Eurocup, in which he finished inside the points at France’s Paul Ricard Formula 1 circuit.
After dipping his toe into the water in the finale of the 2012 European F3 Open Championship with Team West-Tec – catching the eye by reaching the rostrum on his debut – Jones graduated to the series full-time the following season, racing for the same team. Despite missing the curtain-raiser, he secured the fiercely-disputed title courtesy of six wins and four further podium finishes, four pole positions and three fastest laps – in so doing making history as the series’ youngest-ever champion.
In a busy year for the teenager, Ed also entered the British Formula 3 Championship with West-Tec – placing third in the National Class points table – as well as continuing to compete in the Formula Renault Eurocup with Fortec, claiming a brace of podiums at Austria’s Red Bull Ring en route to 11th spot in the standings.
He additionally contested selected rounds of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup and the end-of-season Macau Formula 3 GP, while making a one-off appearance for Fortec in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Hockenheim in Germany.
Jones switched to Carlin Motorsport for a concerted attack on the same series in 2014, making a promising start with five top ten finishes from the opening three outings – including two podiums – before a back injury sustained at Pau ruled him out of action for several months. He returned towards the end of the campaign and tallied five further top ten results.
In 2015, Jones shifted his burgeoning career stateside as he joined Indy Lights, the recognised feeder championship to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Remaining with Carlin, Ed claimed pole position and victory in both his and the team’s first Indy Lights start in St. Petersburg, Florida. He proved that his stellar form was no flash in the pan by similarly winning the second and third races of the campaign, going on to finish an excellent third in the final classification.
Jones returned to Indy Lights with Carlin the following year. Despite finding himself up against an even tougher field, he built on his previous success and two victories, eight pole positions and eight podium finishes later, he was duly crowned champion.
Ed was subsequently awarded the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club’s Earl Howe Trophy, for producing the best performance by a British driver in North America in 2016.
Having clinched the Indy Lights crown in 2016, Jones stepped up to the pinnacle of US open-wheel competition for 2017 – the Verizon IndyCar Series. Piloting the No.19 Boy Scouts of America car for Dale Coyne Racing alongside multiple Champ Car title-winner Sébastien Bourdais, Ed turned heads from the outset, tallying back-to-back top ten finishes in his first two starts and speeding to an outstanding third place in the 101st Running of the iconic Indianapolis 500.
His results earned Ed the coveted IndyCar Rookie of the Year accolade.
Jones’ impressive speed, consistency and all-round performance over the course of his rookie season in the Verizon IndyCar Series brought him to Chip Ganassi Racing, who recruited him to drive the No.10 NTT Data car in 2018. His sophomore season featured two more podium celebrations with third place results at Long Beach and Detroit.
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.
Verizon IndyCar Series Career History
– Will compete in 13 of 17 rounds: 12 road and street course events in No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevroletand the No. 64 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet at the Indianapolis 500
– Finished 13th in the standings for Chip Ganassi Racing
– Earned podium finishes with third places at Long Beach and Detroit
– Scored eight Top 10 finishes in 13 races running at the finish
– Finished 14th as a Verizon IndyCar Series rookie for Dale Coyne Racing
– Best finish of third in Indianapolis 500 debut
– Named Sunoco Rookie of the Year for the 2017 season
– Had five Top 10 finishes
Road to the Verizon IndyCar Series
– Won Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship for Carlin with wins at Barber Motorsports Park and Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course
– Claimed a total of eight podium finishes and eight pole positions, including at the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis
– Tested a Verizon IndyCar Series car at Watkins Glen with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
– Finished third in his rookie Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season, with victories in the first three races of the year
– Claimed a total of seven podium finishes and three pole positions
– Tested a Verizon IndyCar Series car at Sonoma with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
– Earned two podium finishes in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin, missing three races midseason due to a back injury
– Took eight podiums and one pole position in the inaugural Florida Winter Series, organized by the Ferrari Driver Academy
– Became the youngest European F3 Open Champion with six wins, 10 podium finishes and four pole positions
– Finished third in the British Formula 3 National Class with five wins and four poles in six races
– Competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup/2.0 NEC
– Competed in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0/2.0 NEC
– Made his debut in single-seaters in the Intersteps Championship, finishing fourth overall with one victory
– Also raced in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, the British Formula Renault Championship and the Formula Renault UK Finals Series
– Won numerous junior karting championships in the UAE