IndyCar: Dubai’s Ed Jones to test with top Rahal Letterman IndyCar team
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity and can’t thank Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing enough for giving me this chance to show what I am capable of,” he enthused. “One of my childhood dreams was to at least drive a racecar at the pinnacle of the sport, and I am now well on my way to doing that, which is amazing.
“Of course, when an opportunity like this comes up you have to grab it with both hands and I am working extremely hard to prepare myself for the test. The car is going to be quite a step-up from Indy Lights, however in the past I haven’t had a problem moving into higher categories. My main aim is to give the team as much feedback as I can and learn as much as possible in the available time.”
“Ed’s pedigree from Europe is quite good and of course he won the first three races in Indy Lights, so obviously he is a young, talented driver,” reflected Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner, three-time IndyCar Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal. “He still has a lot to learn yet, but we thought he would be a good guy to test.
“When we met, we were impressed with Ed as a driver and a person and while we aren’t looking for him to set a new track record, we feel he can provide value and help develop Graham’s car. We’re looking forward to working with him at Sonoma.”
Ahead of the test, Jones also received a vote of confidence from his current team principal Trevor Carlin, who tipped the Williams-Harfield Sports Group protégé to turn heads when he takes to the track in California.
“We’re very pleased that Ed’s performance this year has brought him to the attention of a top-line IndyCar team,” he affirmed. “We have no doubt that he will conduct himself well at the test and we’re very proud that another one of our drivers has been recognised at the highest level.”