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Piquet Jr joins Carlin for Toronto

Nelson Piquet Jr will join Carlin in this weekend’s Indy Lights race in Toronto. Piquet, who has experience across several categories of top level single seater racing, will join Ed Jones on the streets of Toronto, while Max Chilton is busy with Le Mans duties with Nissan.

Piquet is on top form this season, leading the FIA Formula E Championship with five podiums including two race wins to his name. Piquet is also racing in the Global RallyCross Championship, and scored a podium in the season opener two weeks ago.

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For the multi-tasking Brazilian, this weekend will be Piquet’s first in Indy Lights, although the former F1 racer is no stranger to competing in the US having raced in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Truck Series and Nationwide Series, scoring several wins across the latter two categories. Piquet can also include an F1 podium amongst his long list of achievements and was a regular points scorer during his F1 career between 2008 and 2009. This followed championship titles in the South American F3 and British F3 championship and vice championship honours in the GP2 Series.

Piquet joins Ed Jones in the Carlin line-up this weekend. Despite his rookie status 19 year-old Jones took the first three race victories of the season and lies second in the championship standings.

Speaking about his Indy Lights debut, Piquet said, “I’m really looking forward to my Indy Lights debut with Carlin. I’ve been competing in a broad range of racing over the past few years and this will be another new experience for me. I love open wheel racing but haven’t yet tried it in a US based series, so Toronto is going to be interesting. I can’t wait to get in the car and see what we can do.”

Trevor Carlin added, “In Max’s absence we wanted another strong driver to help push the team forward. We know that despite having no experience of the Indy Lights car, Nelson will push to the maximum from the start and that’s what we’re looking for this weekend. We’ve known Nelson since racing against him when he became British F3 Champion in 2004 and have seen many times since then his outright pace. He’s shown in Formula E he’s a master of street circuits and I’m excited to see what he and Ed can achieve together this weekend.”

Jones and Piquet will get two practice sessions on Friday to familiarise themselves with the Toronto street circuit before qualifying and race one on Saturday. The final race of the weekend will take place late on Sunday morning.

ED JONES IS EXCITED TO EXPERIENCE THE MONTH OF MAY

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN  – May 7, 2015 – Ed Jones is looking forward to seeing what the month of May has in store for him when he returns to the track this weekend for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis, May 8-9.

Jones has started the weekend off well and had no problems learning the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. He finished the first session P1 (75.7096 seconds / 115.975 mph) and then ended up third in the second session (75.6558 seconds / 116.057 mph).

“I have been looking forward to this month for a long time,” said Jones. “Now it’s finally here it’s been amazing to drive the GP track at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Carlin has given me a great car again and practice today went well so f I feel confident heading into qualifying and the races this weekend.”

The 20-year-old slipped to second in the championship standings two weeks ago after illness and bad luck saw him lose his 100% race win streak. Driving the No. 11 Toys for Boys Miami/United Rivers – Carlin machine, Jones has every intention of reclaiming the lead back when he starts Race 1 tomorrow, just seven points behind the leader, Spencer Pigot.

Jones, who was born and still resides in Dubai, has had a fantastic start to his American racing career. He dominated the season-opener at St. Petersburg by winning both races from pole, setting a new qualifying lap record and finishing the second race over nine seconds ahead of second place Jack Harvey. He skillfully avoided an accident on the first lap at Long Beach, took the lead and never looked back, earning his third victory in as many races. Jones was unfortunate in Barber two weeks ago, making a mistake in race one on the first lap, which cost him the podium and in race two, he got hit from behind on the first lap and was forced to return to the pits to change tires.

The Mazda Grand Prix of Indianapolis commences tomorrow with qualifying at 12 p.m. ET and the first of two races will be at 4:30 p.m. ET. Race two will start at 1:25 p.m. on Saturday, May 9. Live timing and commentary for all session will be available on the Mazda Road to Indy app and at indylights.com.

Jones dominates in St Pete

Carlin took a second victory in the team’s debut in the Indy Lights Series presented by Cooper Tires today, in race two of the weekend in St Petersburg, Florida. In a repeat of yesterday, Ed Jones led from start to finish to take victory by over nine seconds from second placed man Jack Harvey. Team mate Max Chilton lost out on the outside at the rolling start, dropping to fourth and despite race long pressure was unable to improve around the tight street circuit.
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The Carlin drivers of Jones and Chilton once again started first and second for today’s Indy Lights race. Taking place under sunny skies and warmer temperatures than yesterday, Jones made a strong start to hold the lead into the first corner. Chilton found himself again losing out on the outside as the cars filed round the tight turn one and dropped to fourth behind Harvey and Spencer Pigot.

Chilton was immediately back on the attack though, pushing Pigot hard as Jones pushed on with Harvey close behind. With the gap under a second in the early stages, Jones withstood the pressure well to gradually build up a comfortable gap from Harvey – Carlin’s 2012 British F3 Champion.

Chilton was also on a charge – setting the fastest lap so far on lap four as he filled the mirrors of Pigot’s car. A full course yellow temporarily halted the racing action, but once again Jones controlled from the front to maintain his position ahead of Harvey.

With the race now running without incident, Jones continued to build up a gap, from one second on lap 18 to 5.2 seconds by lap 38. Chilton still hadn’t given up, the Carlin man passed Pigot at turn one on lap 41 but ran wide as Pigot managed to take the position back. Chilton tried next time round, almost making the move stick before slotting back into fourth.

Chilton stayed right on the rear wing of Pigot for the last few laps, as Jones continued to pull out a gap on Harvey. As Jones crossed the line to take his second victory of the weekend, the gap was over nine seconds as Chilton completed a stunning debut weekend for the Carlin team in fourth place.

Speaking about his race, Jones said “I keep saying it but the team have done a fantastic job to come here and be so consistent with such a strong car; we’ve topped every session which is such a great feeling. I’ve loved my first weekend in Indy Lights and can’t wait to come back for more in Long Beach.”

Trevor Carlin added “I’m delighted with out first weekend in Indy Lights – it’s been more than I could have imagined. The team and drivers have done a fantastic job and I’m so proud of everyone and the way we have approached this new era at Carlin. Ed has done the perfect job in every session this weekend and I can’t wait to see what Ed and Max can deliver in Long Beach which will be yet another new experience for us.”

ED JONES WINS HIS DEBUT INDY LIGHTS RACE IN DOMINANT FASHION

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – March 28, 2015  – Ed Jones started his Indy Lights career in dominant fashion today in Race 1 of the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Peninsula Pipeline.

The Dubai born and raised driver secured pole this morning and broke the track record that was set by Verizon Indycar Series driver James Hinchcliffe in 2010. Jones set a lap of 65.3193 seconds, which was over a second faster than old time.

Driving the No. 11 Toys for Boys Miami/United Rivers – Carlin car, Jones had a great start and was able to quickly pull away from the field. At one point he had a lead of nearly five seconds over second place Jack Harvey, but towards the end raced conservatively to bring home his and his team’s first victory.

Commenting on the win today, the 20-year-old said, “It was a good start for me. I got the jump on Max and from there it was just about keeping my head down and getting the laps in. Later into the race it was a matter of keeping the car stable and not going too hard on power. I had a massive moment near the end, in the double right-hander. I got very close to the wall, but I managed to keep hold of it. After that, it was fine. You could really feel the difference with the push-to-pass feature. I didn’t have to use it to pass today but for overtaking in the future, it will really help out. Now we’ll work with the engineers and try to make it better for tomorrow.”

Jones made the switch to Indy Lights and the USA at the beginning of the year after becoming the youngest winner of the Euro F3 Open Championship in 2013. Last year, despite missing three races mid-season races due to back injury, he still earned two podium finishes in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship with Carlin.

Race 2 occurs tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. ET. Highlights from Round 1 and the full Round 2 race,will air on NBCSN on Sunday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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