Ed Jones is arguably the United Arab Emirates most successful racing driver. Born in 1995 in Dubai, Ed’s first major success came in 2006 where he won the National UAE karting championship. From here Ed won a further 6 titles in the UAE and competed and won at top level international events. In 2011 Ed made the transition from karting to cars and finished fourth in his debut year of the Intersteps Championship. 2012 & 13 saw Ed graduate to Formula Renault and Formula 3 where in the latter year he clinched the European F3 Open Championship despite missing the first round.
During 2014 Ed raced with legendary team Carlin to compete in the ultra competitive FIA European F3 Championship. Following in the footsteps of over 80% of the current F1 grid who have raced in Formula 3 Ed’s ambition to race at the sport’s top level is well within sight.
For 2016, Ed will continue racing in the United States Indy Lights Series for his second season with Carlin Racing.
Hobbies: Karting, boxing, music, cycling and football
Racing Goal: Make it to the Verizon IndyCar Series
Fitness: I workout every day trying to maintain muscle strength while keeping up a high level of cardio
Interesting Note: I was born and grew up in Dubai
Snapshot: Most of my days are consumed by everything to do with my racing. However, when I have the chance I completely separate my racing and private life and do a mixture of things as I try my hardest to do something off the chart as often as I can. The more, the better.
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
In December 2014, British race team Carlin will expand in 2015 to incorporate the American series Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The multi-race and championship winning team will add the INDYCAR-sanctioned feeder series to its already comprehensive ladder of junior formula, taking drivers from karting to the door of the pinnacle of single-seater motorsport. The Carlin Indy Lights team will operate out of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with personnel from both the U.K. and the U.S.
Racing Director Trevor Carlin commented, “We’re extremely excited to be taking the Carlin team to the U.S. and embarking on this new challenge into the Indy Lights series. We’ve had one eye on the U.S. for some time now and the time is right to widen our focus. We’re seeing more and more drivers look across the Atlantic from categories such as Formula 3 and GP2 Series to careers in Indy Lights and IndyCar and it makes sense as a European team to offer that route to our customers.
“While we remain completely focused on our race programs in Europe, it is also important to take on new challenges and projects that maintain our momentum as a company of people. By offering new opportunities we are able to offer strong team members new goals and challenges internally and retain them within Carlin. By no means do we underestimate the challenge ahead but we believe we have a great team of people to help us be competitive in Indy Lights. We see this as an important new chapter for Carlin and the entire team are excited for the future.”