Along Luis Torres, Staff writer
After a year out of the NTT IndyCar Series, Ed Jones returns to the grid. Only this time he will fly the No. 18 Sealmaster Honda with Vasser Sullivan for full-time Dale Coyne Racing.
Despite finishing third in Long Beach and the second BelleIsle race, 2021 will be Jones’ first full year since being released from Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018, so the deal was confirmed Wednesday morning. it was done.
The Sealmaster has also returned for the fourth consecutive year, sponsoring a third driver following the departure of Santino Ferrucci. Former DCVS driver will run 20 NASCAR Xfinity series races for Sam Hunt Racing’s No. 26 Toyota Supra.
It couldn’t be more exciting to be back in the group that led the race team to tap Jones back to the team and gave him the first opportunity in the series.
“I started my IndyCar career with Dale, Jimmy, and” Sari “(James Sullivan). We have had a lot of success together as an owner. The combination of coins and Wasser Sullivan is a proven team in the last three seasons. I am excited to drive a # 18 SealMaster machine and represent the SealMaster franchise across the country. This is a really great opportunity. “
Dale Coyne commented that while Jones left the team to participate in Chip Ganassi Racing, where they were in contact and hoped that the 25-year-old could provide impressive results.
“I’m very happy that Ed Jones is back this season and back in the NTT IndyCar Series. I was sad to see him leave with us for the first time, but I’ve been in contact since then.” Said Coin. “Ed had a great rookie season at DCR in 2017, which includes the best finish of third place at the Indianapolis 500. Continuing from where he left off with him at DCVS. I’m looking forward to a strong season. “
The 2016 Indy Lights Champion was the last to drive in the Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa series part-time in 2019, winning his latest Top 10 result of 6th in the Indianapolis 500.
Since his last IndyCar start in Laguna Seca, Jones has been competing in the Audi-powered W Racing Team’s German Touring Car Championship in 2020.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic made the deal unsuccessful as Emirati-British racers could not compete. Therefore, besides leaving the team without any other options, Harrison Newey, the son of Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Director of Red Bull Racing, was placed behind the steering wheel.
James “Sari” Sullivan hopes that Jones’ brilliance will be common this season, similar to the rookie performance at the 2017 Indianapolis.
“We are doing our best before Ed Jones joins us and takes over the responsibility of the driver of the No. 18 Team SEAL Master Machine,” Sullivan said. “Ed spent some big moments at IndyCar. I hope to see some big moments with us in 2021.”
Ed Jones returns to Dale Coyne Racing full time – Motorsport Tribune
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