The 22-year-old Brit, who was crowned the 2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year and finished third at the coveted Indy500 in his maiden season with Dale Coyne Racing, has now switched his allegiances.
He will drive the No.10 NTT DATA Honda next year and team-up with New Zealander Scott Dixon, who has four IndyCar titles to his name, as well as an Indy500 crown and 41 race victories overall.
“This is truly an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip, his organization and to represent NTT DATA. 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,” Jones, who captured the Indy Lights title in 2016, said.
He continued: “I want to get up to speed quickly and learn as much as I can. Scott is a legend in the sport, and to get the chance to team with him is an amazing opportunity. 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, the team’s owner, spoke of his admiration for the young Brit after the remarkable start to his career: “We’ve been following Ed’s career for quite some time now and are pleased we are able to add him to strengthen our line-up. He has a year of IndyCar 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.”
— Ed Jones (@Edjonesracing) October 25, 2017
The Ultimate J Club started off as a platform to get Jeep lovers together and explore the mammoth dunes of the UAE desert, but somewhere along the way the desert became more than just a playground for them.
Suffian Al Mbayed and Mohamed El Rayyes keep the community alive by hosting regular events and outings that are suitable for both seasoned and inexperienced off-roaders.
Their grand season opening on November 17 is set to be the biggest gathering of jeeps from all over the country in the Mleiha desert.
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With temperatures in the 30s and a strong wind blowing, competitors of the first round of EDC 2017-2018 season had their challenge ahead. Over 80 competitors from around the world assembled in the Al Faqa desert to perform. The track proved to be challenging and yet manageable by competitors.
“The race was really good,” said overall moto winner, Aaron Mare of South Africa. “The track was quite fast today, but I felt like it suited me, so I really enjoyed it.”
Regular competitor and last year’s champion took second overall and first the Veterans Class in moto, Mohammed Al Balooshi, stated, “The first round is always special because you don’t know yet what level the competitors are at. I did much better than last year’s first round when I finished third, so I’m happy to finish second overall in this round and first in my class.”
This round saw two female competitors, Sune Schaffner and Dana Miskulnig, finishing 11th and 15th in 450 class respectively.
“It was a very quick start this morning that threw me a bit off my game, but after choppy start there was a nice flow that I got into,” Schaffner said about Friday’s race. “The track was really nice. It’s one of my favorites with a fast pace and some nice jumps.”
Miskulnig added, “I felt comfortable coming to this location because Al Faqa is very familiar. I like it a lot because there are a lot of rolling dunes and you don’t have to worry too much about the technical side, just go fast and look forward.”
The next round will be on 3 November at a location to be announced just before the event.