Carlin Motorsports Ed Jones goes into the winter break secure in the knowledge that as Indy Lights champion he has a deal to run in the Verizon IndyCar Series for a least three races in 2017 including the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Jones won the championship at Laguna Seca on Sunday and will join the ranks of the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017.
Jones’ addition to the grid could prove to be a stepping stone for Trevor Carlin who has stated his desire to run a team in the Verizon IndyCar Series however it is unlikely that Carlin Motorsports will have a team ready to compete next season. Jones is scheduled to run three races next season but it is unclear apart from the Indy 500 what races he will do and what team would have a seat and the resources available.
One option for Jones could Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing who ran Spencer Pigot earlier this season before the Indy Lights graduate moved to Ed Carpenter Racing.
However a seat at RLL seems unlikely as Rahal has said that if were to run a second car next season it would more than likely go to an experienced driver and it would seem unlikely that they would run a second car for just three races.
It is more likely that someone like Dale Coyne Racing might run Jones, or even Ed Carpenter Racing alongside Spencer Pigot if as expected Josef Newgarden leaves the team over the winter.