Dubai-based driver Ed Jones earned a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1 million to assist the Indy Lights champion in graduating to the IndyCar Series in 2017, will be held on September 9-11 at Raceway Laguna Seca.
Jones sealed the title after a thrilling end to the season saw him see off Santiago Urrutia in second place by just two points.
The Jebel Ali Resorts and Hotels-Carlin team also secured the team championship on the back of Jones’ victory by a 29 point margin.
It was a remarkable result for Jones in Monterey, California, which will now see him step up to the big leagues on the IndyCar race scene next year.
“It’s an incredible feeling right now,” said Jones. “It’s really a dream come true to know that I’ll be driving an Indy car next year.
“There’s been so much hard work and we really deserve this championship. It’s only the second year in America for myself and for the Carlin team, so to win this means so much.
“I’m so happy to have this opportunity and to be able to show what I’m made of.”
Rashed Al Tayer will step into the void left by team-mate Mohammed Al Mehairbi as Team Abu Dhabi head to France for Round 6 of the UIM F2 Grand Prix this weekend.
Al Tayer will be alongside Rashed Al Qamzi as the Emirates-backed team head to Macon.
The team, based at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, have entered three of the five rounds of the F2 series this season in Italy, Norway and Lithuania, and will enter two boats, Team Abu Dhabi 35 and 36, in France.
The campaign has been a valuable learning curve for both Al Qamzi and Al Mehairbi, with both taking top 10 finishes at the last round in Lithuania and Al Qamzi also finishing ninth in Norway.
Al Tayer now steps into the breach to replace Al Mehairbi in France.
“This race will be another exciting chapter in what has already been a thrilling and successful season for all our drivers across several racing disciplines” said Salem Al Romaithi, the team’s assistant general manager.
“We know that the competition is very strong in F2 and that’s why our drivers need to compete against the very best.”
Erik Edin leads this year’s UIM F2 World Championship, despite missing out on the win in Zarasai and eventually finishing fifth. The Swede is tied on 55 points with compatriot Pierre Lundin and the pair are 23 points ahead of third-placed Rupert Temper of Austria.
England’s Matthew Palfreyman is fourth on 30 points and victory in Lithuania has lifted Latvia’s Uvis Slakteris to sixth.
Al Qamzi, on nine points, is 14th after missing two rounds of the seven-race series in Finland and Norway earlier in the year.
Al Mehairbi, with one point, is 23rd. Qualifying and practice sessions take place on Saturday and the next round of the UIM F2 World Championship fires into life on Sunday afternoon.
The Italian collided with Baba’s Racing’s Filip Roms when both drivers were battling for second position in the 60-lap race.
Their departure opened the door for pole position winner Sami Selio of Finland to take his first win of the season. Carella was taken to a local hospital for checks and medical attention.
Team Sweden’s Jonas Andersson finished in second place, while defending World Champion Philippe Chiappe rounded off the podium and moved 10 points ahead of Carella in the standings.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al- Qamzi and Mohammed Al-Mehairbi finished the second of the weekend’s UIM F4-S races in third and sixth place and that was sufficient for Al-Qamzi to leave Harbin with an impressive lead of 25 points in the championship standings.