Edward 'Ed' Jones is a young racing star who currently competes in the IndyCar Series, previously won the Indy Lights Series in 2016. Jones is a Dubai-born British citizen but he also competes under Emirati license. Earlier in a career, he was the European F3 Open champion in 2013.
Successful karting competitor early in a career
Born in Dubai in February 1995, Ed Jones started his racing career at the age nine, immediately becoming the best Emirati karting competitor in Cadet class.
After clinching several championship titles in the United Arab Emirates, he moved to European karting competitions in 2008. He stayed in karting until 2010, progressing to car racing in 2011.
Three seasons in Formula Renault
Driving for Fortec Motorsports, Jones competed in the InterSteps Championship and Formula Renault 2.0 UK in his rookie season, also recording guest appearance in three rounds of the Formula Renault Eurocup. In 2012, he continued to drive for Fortec in the UK edition of Formula Renault but also in the North European Cup.
His last season in the Formula Renault was 2013. He was again active both in the UK and NEC series, scoring only two podiums in the UK edition.
Ed Jones - 2013 European F3 Open champion
European F3 Open champion in 2013
In 2012, while racing in Formula Renault, Jones made a debut in the last round of the European Formula 3 Open series, driving for Team West-Tec at Circuit de Catalunya. In 2013, he joined Team West-Tec for the full season in the F3 Open, taking the championship title with an impressive performance of ten podiums in fourteen races, including six wins.
In 2013, Jones also made a debut in the European Formula 3 Championship with Fortec. In November 2013, he participated at Macau Grand Prix. He had an accident in a Qualifying race and finished 19th in the Main race.
2014 – a season in the F3 European Championship
In 2014, Jones was a full-time driver for Carlin in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. Driving the #6 Dallara-Volkswagen, he scored two podiums, both at Hockenheimring.
He missed four rounds in the mid-season and returned for the last four rounds, finishing 13th in the final standings at the end of the season.
Ed Jones scored three wins in his first Indy Lights season
2015 – entering the Indy Lights series with Carlin
In 2015, Carlin decided to compete in the Indy Lights series, running two cars. Ed Jones was a full-time drive in the #11 Dallara IL-15 (Mazda) while the second car was shared between Max Chilton and Nelson Piquet Jr.
Jones had a fantastic Indy Lights debut, winning both races at St.Petersburg from a pole. He added a third win in the third race of the season at Long Beach. Later in the season, he scored no wins anymore, just four podiums, to finish third in the points behind Spencer Pigot and Jack Harvey.
Ed Jones - 2016 Indy Lights champion
2016 Indy Lights champion
In 2016, Jones captured the Indy Lights title with two wins over the season, at Barber Motorsports Park and Indianapolis Grand Prix. Despite having fewer victories, he beat Uruguayan Santiago Urrutia by just two points.
For the 2017 season, Jones had been recruited by Dale Coyne Racing to drive the #19 Honda in the IndyCar Series, alongside Sebastien Bourdais in the #18 car. Jones was the only full-time rookie in the 2017 IndyCar season so he easily won the Rookie of the Year award, finishing 14th in the overall standings.
The highlight of the year was the third place in his debut at Indianapolis 500. He started 11th on the grid. The third-placed Jones was the best among four rookies at Indy 500 but the award was given to Fernando Alonso.
Moving to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018
For the 2018 IndyCar Series season, Jones has been signed to drive the #10 Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, as a replacement for Tony Kanaan who moved to IMSA SportsCar Championship. Jones was on a podium two times, at Long Beach and Detroit, finishing 13th in the final standings.
Ed Jones joins Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2018 IndyCar season