The silly season dominoes are beginning to fall in quick succession as the month of October rolls along.
Today’s announcement gives us news that Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa are teaming up to bring Ed Jones to the Chevrolet-backed team for all road and street course races in 2019, plus the Indianapolis 500.
“Joining Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 IndyCar Series is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of!” Jones said in today’s release.
“Both ECR and Scuderia Corsa have been successful in their respective series and I feel the combination of forces will be greatly beneficial. I’m extremely excited to get underway!”
Jones, still just 23, burst onto the scene in 2017 while driving for Dale Coyne Racing. The rookie made headlines by finishing 3rd in the Indianapolis 500 that year while placing 14th in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
A native of the United Arab Emirates, Jones parlayed his strong run with Dale Coyne into a gig with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018. Despite recording eight top-10 results and finishes of 3rd both at Long Beach and Belle Isle 2, Jones was ousted from his No. 10 Honda after just one season with Ganassi.
The Ed Carpenter Racing stable will shuffle drivers once again in 2019.
While team boss Ed Carpenter is back to compete on ovals in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet and Spencer Pigot will run a full schedule in the No. 21, this will be the 5th year that ECR has started the season with a different trio of drivers.
Jones will be driving the No. 64 car in the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 27. This will mark the fourth time in the last five seasons that Ed Carpenter Racing will expand to three cars for the race.
“I am very excited to welcome Ed Jones to the ECR family, as well as Scuderia Corsa and Giacomo,” team owner Ed Carpenter added in the release.
“I was very surprised when Ed became available at the end of the season. I look forward to working together to get ECR back in Victory Lane.”
Scuderia Corsa made their IndyCar Series debut this past May in the Indianapolis 500.
Primarily a sports car competitor, the team employed veteran Oriol Servia to drive the No. 64 Honda in partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Servia would lead 16 laps in the race before later finishing 17th.
“As we expand our racing efforts in the IndyCar Series I couldn’t think of anyone better than Ed Jones and Ed Carpenter Racing. We are thrilled to join them!” said Giacomo Mattioli, Scuderia Corsa Team Principal.
In June it was Scuderia Corsa who re-affirmed their intentions to run in the 2019 Indianapolis 500, and potentially, a full season program in due time. This announced partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing is the next step in their methodical process to becoming a full-time standalone entry in INDYCAR.
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