By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer
Ed Jones has found a new home for the 2019 IndyCar season courtesy of a partnership with Scuderia Corsa and Ed Carpenter Racing.
The 2016 Indy Lights champion will race the No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet on the road and street courses while the eponymous team owner will race the same car on the ovals. Jones will race in the Indianapolis 500 in the No. 64 car prepared in a joint effort.
“Joining Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 IndyCar Series is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of,” said Jones in a team release. “Both ECR and Scuderia Corsa have been successful in their respective series and I feel the combination of forces will be greatly beneficial. I’m extremely excited to get underway!”
Jones raced for Dale Coyne Racing in 2017 and Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018. In 2017, Jones finished third at the Indianapolis 500 and won the series rookie of the year title that year. In 2018, Jones finished third at the Grand Prix of Long Beach but was replaced after the season was over following four retirements and five other finishes below tenth place.
The Dubai-born Brit takes over the seat vacated by Jordan King, rumored to be in talks with other teams. King set a track record in the second round of qualifying at his debut race in St. Petersburg. Although not recording a top-10 finish, King did have six results of 15th or better.
This effort represents Scuderia Corsa’s next venture into open wheel racing. The team were champions of the GT Daytona class in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and won their class in the 2018 Petit Le Mans and in 2018 entered the Indianapolis 500 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and led the 500 late with Oriol Servia.
Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka will sponsor the entry per the prior release about Spencer Pigot driving the No. 21 entry for the full 2019 season.