Ed Jones will return to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for the 2021 season behind the wheel of the No. 18 car co-entered by Dale Coyne Racing and Vasser Sullivan Racing.
The team also announced, for the fourth consecutive season, the car will carry primary sponsorship support from SealMaster Pavement Products and be entered as the No. 18 Team SealMaster-Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda.
Jones won 2017 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year honors and was the top rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, placing third, while driving for Dale Coyne Racing. He is also the 2016 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion.
“I’m really excited to join the Coyne Vasser Sullivan team for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season,” Jones said. “I started my INDYCAR career with Dale. Jimmy and Sulli have had much success as owners together, and the combination of Coyne, Vasser Sullivan is a proven team over the last three seasons.
“I’m pumped for the opportunity to drive the No. 18 SealMaster machine and represent the SealMaster franchisees across the country. This really is the perfect opportunity.”
Jones made 47 INDYCAR starts for Dale Coyne Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing with Scuderia Corsa from 2017-19, earning 14 top-10 finishes. His three podium performances include third place at Indy in 2017 with Dale Coyne Racing, and third at Long Beach and Detroit Race 2 in 2018 for Chip Ganassi Racing.
“We’re very happy to have Ed Jones back with us and back in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES this season,” team co-owner Dale Coyne said. “We were sad to see him leave after his first time with us, but we’ve kept in touch since. Ed had a great rookie season at DCR in 2017, which included our best finish of third at the Indianapolis 500. Now with DCVS, we hope to continue where we left off with him and look forward to a strong season.”
Said James “Sulli” Sullivan, team co-owner: “We’re full steam ahead having Ed Jones join us and taking over the driver responsibilities for the No. 18 Team SealMaster machine. Ed has had some big moments in INDYCAR, and we expect you’ll see some big moments with us together in 2021.”
Jones, 25, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and lives in Miami.