Chip Ganassi believes that his new signing Ed Jones will be able to unlock his full potential with the team having joined Scott Dixon in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda replacing Tony Kanaan for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series following his debut season with Dale Coyne Racing in 2017.
In the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Jones started the race from 17th place and carved his way through the field to finish the race in eighth place.
Speaking to his team’s official website, Ganassi said:
I think he’s going to make a step. He is as calm as can be on the radio; that’s what I like about him. “He’s very matter of fact and doesn’t seem to be bothered. You ask him to do something and he does it. He goes out and the times come down every lap.
Comparisons have been made between Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Juan Pablo Montoya and Ed Jones in how quick he is on ovals. The Dubai born Englishman finished on the podium in third place in last year’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Chip Ganassi says that he has not asked four time series champion Scott Dixon to help Jones within team.
We work on fostering that environment. “I don’t know if we sit there and say, ‘You need to be friends with him.
Not only does Jones have an experienced team mate in Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda to call on if he needs support but he also has the experience of former series and Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti in the team as well as the Scot is a driver coach with Ganassi.