Ed Jones and Chip Ganassi Racing shocked the IndyCar world. No no, they dropped an atomic bomb on the IndyCar Series Wednesday afternoon. The Dale Coyne driver would be moving to Ganassi in 2018.
No one and I mean no one knew this was happening. Marshall Pruett and Robin Miller both had Brendon Hartley pegged for that ride. They said the deal was signed and ready to go. Chip apparently wanted to make them look like fools and threw a wrench into their stories.
He did just that by signing Ed Jones to the #10 car alongside living legend Scott Dixon. Ganassi is downsizing to two cars for the 2018 season and apparently, they’re aiming to win.
Ed Jones Did This On Merit
Dubai’s favorite son via England with the witness protection name. Ed Jones spent the 2017 season with Dale Coyne. The 2016 Indy Lights Champion got everyone’s attention last May during Indy 500 qualifying and then with his third-place finish in the race.
A broken front wing hampered his attempt to catch Castroneves and Sato as they swapped the lead. A proper wing and we could be talking about Indy 500 rookie winner Ed Jones joining Ganassi. Outside of Indy, the Coyne team struggled at times. However, Ed still posted 5 Top 10’s but had a mediocre finish to the season.
Joining Ganassi is a huge step in his career. It also gives hope to the little guy with elite talent but no money. Ed Jones brings a helmet to the team, his family can’t fund a car like Max Chilton’s can. Ganassi recognizes talent and that is a refreshing thing in 2017.
“We look at drivers in how they performed in their former life. We like drivers that don’t need to be taught how to win. They just need to work hard on their craft, because you have to have the rest of it. He reminds us so much of some of the other drivers we’ve had around his age here” said Mike Hull. Aka we’re tired of pay drivers complaining so we got an actual race car driver.
Win For The Little Guy
IndyCar is a series run on drivers who can bring funding to the team. Half of the Ganassi lineup in 2017 was made up of pay drivers. Dale Coyne has perennially run pay drivers up until 2017. Andretti runs pay drivers. Everyone outside of Penske runs pay drivers.
Recently it has been really hard for drivers to attain good seats without bringing money. Ed Jones is a guy who doesn’t have a lot of money to bring if any. All he has is talent and that is what racing should be about. Talented drivers who win will bring sponsorship.
Ganassi recognized that with Jones and they’re giving him a shot. The same way Hendrick is giving Alex Bowman a shot. Or Kyle Busch giving Erik Jones a shot. Or Dale Jr. giving Brad Keselowski a shot. Historically it has paid off. Hell Ganassi did it with Kyle Larson and now look at him.
Ed Jones is the Kyle Larson of IndyCar until Kyle Larson races IndyCar.
It’s a good day for the little guys and a good day for talent.
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