Catching up with Ed Jones
 April 21, 2016| 
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In 2015 Ed Jones made an impressive entrance on to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires racing scene clinching victory in the Series during his very first race. Since then, he’s taken more race wins and was a Championship protagonist right up until the end last season but what has it been like making the switch and having to learn a variety of new skills to compete in the highly acclaimed Indy Lights Championship? We caught up with Jones following the two opening rounds of the 2016 Season. 

What is your favourite thing about racing in America? 

The whole atmosphere of the racing scene. There is a lot of involvement and excitement in the paddock which is really great to be part of and makes the whole experience a lot of fun whilst still being an incredibly professional and serious place to work. I also really enjoy the tracks that we race on and I think that adds to the atmosphere because everyone from the teams, drivers and fans really enjoy being where they are and doing what they do. 

You made the switch over a year ago now; what do you think are the biggest differences to racing you’ve experienced in the past? 

I think the diversity of the circuits is the biggest and most thrilling thing that is completely different. They are really old school driver’s circuits which are so exciting to drive. I enjoy the mixtures of one weekend being on a road course, the next an oval and so on – it’s a fantastic challenge as a driver to get to grips with all of these elements in order to put together a strong race season. 

What has been your favourite moment in the series so far? 

There have been quite a few moments that have been really great from success to really cool overtaking moves but my favourite by far is my victory at Long Beach. There’s so much history around there that’s very palpable and the crowds were incredible so winning the race felt quite special.

I’ve had quite a lot of fun outside of the series too – recently we had the chance to get out and do some sprint car racing which was fantastic fun too. 

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt while racing in the Series? 

Learning how to race on ovals! No doubt about it. It’s a completely different challenge that you can't even comprehend until you’re actually out there yourself. Coming from European racing you always have an idea of what you think it will be like but it’s nothing like it at all. Once you get your head around it, it is so enjoyable and it’s a thrill that is probably my favourite part of racing at the moment. Nothing else comes close to it. 

What would you say to people who are considering making a similar move to the Mazda Road to Indy ladder? 

It is very difficult to get to the top of any sport and motorsport is no different however the opportunities on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder are really strong. It’s a fantastic sport to be part of and the guaranteed Indy Car drive for winning the championship is a great incentive for drivers to want to be part of the Championship and get to the very top. I really enjoy how open it is here in the paddock – the relationships you can build are amazing and just being able to get so close and see how the top guys in Indy Car work is invaluable as a driver. 

You’ve been a major player since joining Indy Lights last season, how have you found the reception? 

When I came here for the first race last season, no one knew who I was then all of a sudden when we started winning races the attention and shock seemed to focus on us. Since then we’ve been a contender and I’ve had such a great reaction from the fans out here which I think that’s because they love and appreciate seeing racing. They just adore the sport and are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about it. 

Jones, who recently took his first podium of the season in Phoenix, will be back out on track this weekend at the Barber Motorsports Park for rounds 4 and 5 of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship.

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