Carlin retains Ed Jones for second Lights season
Indy Lights race winner Ed Jones will continue with Carlin Racing for his sophomore season in the category, the team has announced.
The Carlin-Jones partnership, both newcomers to Lights in 2015, won the three opening races of the season, albeit the Dubai-domiciled driver was winless for the remainder of the campaign, finishing the campaign in third.
"Continuity isn’t something which you get to enjoy too often in junior motor racing but when you can achieve it, for sure it is a help," said Jones.
"Both the team and I know each other very well. I have built a good understanding with the engineers and I feel we work well together.
"The goal for 2016 is to win the Indy Lights championship. I learnt a huge amount in 2015 and feel that I have a great base to go for the title.
"I have a great relationship with my team Carlin and I believe in them completely. Carlin as a team have achieved a great deal but they haven’t won a championship in US motor racing and I want to be the driver who delivers that."
Jones, 20, competed on the European single-seater scene prior to his switch to Lights and was the 2013 F3 Open champion, but his subsequent FIA European F3 campaign with Carlin was interrupted due to back injury.
"We’re delighted that Ed remains with the team for the 2016 season," said Trevor Carlin. "He showed great faith in moving over from Europe with us for our first season in Indy Lights and demonstrated to everyone how competitive he was in winning the first three races of the season.
"In his rookie season in the US and having never visited most of the tracks before, Ed did a spectacular job to still be in contention for the title at the season finale."
Jones is the fourth driver to be announced for the 2016 Lights season, with Andretti signing Dalton Kellett and SPM retaining RC Enerson and Ethan Ringel.
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