As first reported by RACER, Scuderia Corsa and Ed Carpenter Racing are joining forces in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Ed Jones will take over road and street course responsibilities in the No. 20 Chevy and will drive a third team car, the No. 64 Chevy, in the 103rd Indy 500. Team owner Ed Carpenter will pilot the 20 car for the series’ four oval races.
“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!” Scuderia Corsa team principal Giacomo Mattioli said.
Fresh off his 2016 Indy Lights championship, the now-23-year-old Jones earned 2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year honors for Dale Coyne – highlighted by finishing third in the Indy 500 — before switching to Chip Ganassi Racing. In his second season, he tied his IndyCar best with third-place finishes at Long Beach and Detroit.
“Ed Carpenter Racing has shown amazing speed the last few years at the Indianapolis 500,” Jones said. “You can always expect the ECR cars to be at the front,” said Jones. “I am really grateful for this chance and will do everything I can to make sure we, as a team, make the most of it.”
In Pigot and Jones, Carpenter now has two of the past four Indy Lights champions, as Spencer Pigot returns to the team for a fourth season in the No. 21 Chevy.
“I am very excited to welcome Ed Jones to the ECR family, as well as Scuderia Corsa and Giacomo,” Carpenter said. “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.”