Second IndyCar Dale Coyne Racing seat goes to Ed Jones for 2017

Indy Lights champion Ed Jones has secured a full-time IndyCar seat with Dale Coyne Racing for 2017

Second IndyCar Dale Coyne Racing seat goes to Ed Jones for 2017

The 21-year-old Dubai-based Briton joins Coyne returnee Sebastien Bourdais at the team.

"To reach an agreement as early as we have done is great news as it gives me plenty of time to settle into the team and get to know everybody properly so we can prepare as well as possible for the season ahead," said Jones.

"IndyCar has been my goal ever since I left Europe to come and race in America, and it's crazy to think I'll be joining the grid just two years after moving Stateside."

Before switching to America, Jones was a European Formula 3 podium finisher and won the 2013 title in what was then the European F3 Open (now Euroformula Open).

He stayed with his F3 team Carlin as it made its US racing debut in Lights in 2015 and began the year with three straight victories, although he was ultimately overhauled by Spencer Pigot and Jack Harvey in the title race.

This year, again with Carlin, Jones secured the championship by two points over Santiago Urrutia.

Dale Coyne said he rated Jones's Lights form as "remarkable".

"I attended the Indy Lights finale at Laguna Seca and Ed demonstrated a lot of poise, maturity and determination while under pressure, knowing that the championship was on the line," said the IndyCar team owner.

"Those are all qualities that will serve him well in IndyCar. I was very impressed by what I saw."

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