Ed Carpenter Racing with Scuderia Corsa driver Ed Jones is facing an uncertain future in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020 according to his manager Stefan Johansson.
Jones who joined Ed Carpenter Racing in partnership with Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 season following a year as Scott Dixon’s team mate at Chip Ganassi Racing endured a difficult season with his best result of sixth place coming at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indianapolis 500.
Jones shared the No.20 Chevrolet with team owner Ed Carpenter with the Dubai born Englishman competing in all road and street races including the Indianapolis 500.
Johanasson who also manages Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist says the door is still open for Jones to return to IndyCar for a fourth season as negotiations are still ongoing with Ed Carpenter Racing but they are also looking at other options.
In his Indianapolis 500 debut with Dale Coyne Racing in 2017 Jones finished in the podium in third place and won the NTT IndyCar Series rookie of the year.
Speaking following Sunday’s season ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca where he finished 23rd Jones said:
“It was a frustrating weekend and even though we didn’t quite have the pace, we worked hard during the race. Obviously the restarts are quite eventful, when it goes green you are allowed to pass and it seems a lot of people didn’t realize that going into Turn 11. I made up a few places, then again into Turn 2 I was making up some more. We were on the outside of the track when another car just drove straight into us. Unfortunately, it damaged the car and we had to retire from the race.”
Ed Carpenter has said that the team will figure out the plans for 2020 over the coming weeks.
Paddock Eye understands that Spener Pigot will remain in the No.21 Chevrolet next season with Carpenter alongside him for the oval races.