Bring it on! Dubai’s Jones targets Indy Lights title
Race ace goes into the finale just one point behind title leader
Dubai driver Ed Jones will go into the final race of the 2016 Indy Lights campaign with the title in his sights after securing a second-place finish last weekend.
The Carlin ace, 21, battled to his seventh podium of the season in the Watkins Glen International and is only one point behind title rival Santiago Urrutia, who is on 319 points.
The 2016 Indy Lights season finishes with rounds 17 and 18 on September 9-11 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – and Jones goes into the decider with the experience of missing out in a similar situation last year.
Speaking about his result at Watkins Glen International, Jones said: “I love Watkins Glen – it’s a real oldschool circuit and so much fun to drive with its highspeed corners and fast, flowing nature.
“I knew I needed to finish ahead of Urrutia to claw back some points in the championship, but every time I went for a move he covered it by using one of his push-to-passes. Still, in a race that was quite different to what we’ve been used to in terms of tyre degradation, second place was a very solid result – especially with my two main rivals both hitting trouble.” With Laguna Seca marking the finale of the 2016 Mazda Road to Indy series, Jones says he will draw on his past experiences. He added: “We’ll go to Laguna Seca with everything to play for. We had a good car there last year and it’s another circuit I enjoy, so I’m feeling optimistic and will be able to draw upon my experience from last year’s title-decider.” The title winner won’t just take home the championship trophy but also secure a Mazda Scholarship worth $1 million that will assist them in graduating to the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series. Jones said: “I’m not going to underestimate anybody, but by the same token, I know I’m a much stronger and more complete driver than I was 12 months ago – so bring it on.”