Ganassi surprise and announces to Ed Jones as the second rider

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In an unexpected turn of events, Chip Ganassi Racing has announced that Ed Jones will be the driver of your second car for the season 2018 IndyCar, after finishing Tony Kanaan of their contract and the reduction from four to two cars that have been left without a seat to Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball. The election comes after the team desechase the option of Felix Rosenqvist for their contractual obligations in Formula E with Mahindra, and Brendon Hartley jumped to the fore as the main option before you experience your debut in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso.

its 22 years, this pilot, of british parents, but born and educated in the United Arab Emirates, received the great opportunity of his career after a remarkable debut season in the IndyCar series with Dale Coyne Racing, being the Rookie of the Year (and the only one to play a full season) to finish 14th in the general classification. Despite a discreet the end of the season that coincided with the economic rut of your computer, the high point of Jones came in the Indianapolis 500, where, after rank eleventh, a fortunate strategy and a good pace allowed him to finish third, only after Hélio Castroneves, and winner Takuma Sato.

Jones has spared no praise to his new organization, as well as in the new possibilities that the change provides: “Chip heads one of the biggest and best race teams in the world and, equally important, is a proven winner in every category in which it competes, from Le Mans to Indianapolis. I want to get in shape quickly, and learn everything you can. I join the team at the time ooportuno, with the aerokit only resetting the marker, and all are adjusting to a new formula”.

Also, the pilot emiratí, which was during the first few races of the year with the mentoring of a veteran Sebastien Bourdais, and he had to pull the truck out of the team during the injury of the French, will be accompanied by another four-time champion like Scott Dixon, who ensures that “is a legend in the sport, and have the opportunity to be your partner is an opportunity mind-boggling”.Chip Ganassi, on the other hand, considered that Jones “has a year of IndyCar to their backs, and it’s the kind of young talent that we were looking for. We have followed your steps for a while now, and we’re delighted to add to our lineup”.

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previously, Jones began his career in Europe, with a step unnoticed by the Formula Renault 2.0. He was better in 2013, being third in the National Class of british Formula 3 and, above all, champion of the European F3 Open, where was proclaimed champion. From there went to the European F3 FIA, in that it got acceptable results until a back injury forced him to miss a third of the year, finishing 13th. Carlin kept his trust in him, and Jones championed the entry of the team in the Indy Lights. In his first year, he won the first three races and was third overall in the fight for the title until the end, and in 2016 will be redeemed by obtaining the championship to overcome the uruguayan Santiago Urrutia for two points.

Several reports suggested that Hartley had the support of Honda to make the jump to IndyCar with Ganassi, but his involvement with Toro Rosso in Austin, scheduled in Mexico, and that the Italian team has reported that Daniil Kvyat will be more in the rest of the season with them, all in the span of a week, has introduced a new element in the equation that could have been decisive. The leap from Jones to Ganassi, in addition, it implies that Dale Coyne must look for a second pilot to accompany Sébastien Bourdais. The options of Conor Daly (who now himself has confirmed that he will not continue in Foyt), R. C. Enerson, or Santiago Urrutia seem the most feasible, but, as today has proven, nothing is what it seems in the silly season.