Interview: Ed Jones

Joining me for another interview on my website is Indy Lights championship contender Ed Jones! Ed Jones made headlines by leaving the path he started on in Europe to come to America to pursue a chance to drive in the Verizon Indycar Series. He also continued driving for Carlin Racing, who opened up operations in America and specifically in Indy Lights. Jones has seen a lot of success and some obstacles in his first season in Indy Lights. With a championship title comes the chance to run in Indycar next season. Can Jones breakthrough at Laguna Seca? See his thoughts on that and more below in our interview:

1) You're one of the many European drivers who've decided to leave behind Europe to come to America to pursue an Indycar career. What do you think of Indycar, Indy Lights, and ovals? 

EJ: I think the Verizon Indycar is an amazing series for both the drivers and spectators. It is great to have the mixture of street courses, road courses and ovals. Obviously the ovals are new to me but I have enjoyed every opportunity I have had to drive and race on them, qualifying a well setup car on a oval is an extremely satisfying feeling. In addition the Mazda Road to Indy creates a fantastic opportunity for any driver to make the progress through the racing ladder with a clear cut progression.

Jones at Mid-Ohio (Photo from Jones' official website)

2) Two races to go at Laguna Seca and you're P3 in the Indy Lights championship behind Jack Harvey and Spencer Pigot. How do your chances of winning the title stack up to them? 

EJ: Coming down to the last round with a great chance to take the championship just recognizes the incredible job Carlin Racing have done to support me this year. Things have been up and down for us throughout the year but we are due for another great result. Laguna Seca will be where we achieve it.

3) What does it mean to drive for a team like Carlin Motorsport and owner Trevor Carlin? 

EJ: After joining the team in 2014 I have learnt so much. It's a very professional team that goes all out to win, I am very thankful for the opportunity they have given me.

4) If Carlin moves up to Indycar in 2015 or 2016, would you consider yourself a prime contender for a seat with the team? 

EJ: Of course it would be great to have Carlin in Indycar for 2016 but there a lot of factors surrounding whether they do it or not. In addition whether I drive for them or not will also come down to a number of things so we will just have to wait and see!

(Photo from Jones' official website)

Thanks to Ed for taking the time to do an interview with me! Best of luck to him in the season finale at Laguna Seca.

-Matthew Hickey