Carlin and Jones seal Indy Lights
Carlin sealed the Indy Lights Championship in only its second year competing in the American series, with Brit Ed Jones taking the title at Laguna Seca and securing a spot in Indycar for 2017.
The 2013 European F3 Open champion Jones was one of six drivers heading into the finale with a mathematical shot at the title, with fellow Brit Dean Stoneman, Santiago Urruttia, Zach Veach, Felix Serralles and Kyle Kaiser all in contention.
Jones started on pole ahead of Urrutia, but he and Veach slipped past Jones and made a break early on. That would have given Urrutia the championship on a countback, but on the final lap, Serralles – Jones’ Carlin team-mate – allowed him through to take fourth and the title, also sealing the teams’ title for Carlin.
“To know that I will be able to line up on the grid for the 2017 Indy 500 is such an amazing feeling and a testament to the Mazda Road to Indy as a genuine motorsport ladder,” said Jones, who is guaranteed three Indycar starts next season, including the prestigious Indy 500.