By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter
Dale Coyne Racing has completed its 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series driver lineup with the addition of 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tire champion Ed Jones.
The Dubai-based Briton will drive the No. 19 Honda alongside four-time Champ Car World Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais.
Jones raced in Indy Lights for two seasons driving for Carlin Racing. His rookie campaign was highlighted by a pole in his debut race at St. Petersburg in 2015 as well as three wins. He would go on to win the 2016 series championship on the heels of two wins, eight podiums and eight pole positions.
“IndyCar has been my goal ever since I left Europe to come and race in America, and it’s crazy to think I’ll be joining the grid just two years after moving stateside,” Jones said. “Together with my management team and sponsors, I’ve worked so hard for this opportunity and I fully intend to grab it by the scruff of the neck and make the most of it.”
Jones will have Michael Cannon serving as his chief engineer while team owner Dale Coyne will serve as his chief strategist.
“Ed had a couple of remarkable seasons in Indy Lights and we’re very excited to have him join our team for his rookie IndyCar campaign,” said Coyne. “I attended the season finale at Laguna Seca and Ed demonstrated a lot of poise, maturity and determination while under pressure, knowing that the championship was on the line. Those are all qualities that will serve him well in IndyCar. I was very impressed with what I saw.”