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Indy Lights ace Ed Jones shakes offseason cobwebs at Dubai 24

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Ed Jones was one of the stars of last season’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship, and is an early favorite for the 2016 title with Carlin.

However the Dubai-based Brit will get his first action of the new year this weekend at the 24 Hours of Dubai.

It’ll be his sports car and endurance racing debut, courtesy of an 11th-hour agreement that will see Jones team up with Hannes Waimer, Wolfgang Triller, Charlie Frijns and Christopher Zöchling in Lechner Racing Middle East’s No. 81 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup entry.

That group will take on 17 rivals in the 991 category, as well as other 82 cars on track.

Jones is looking forward to the opportunity.

“It’s exciting to be making my endurance racing debut this weekend with Lechner Racing Middle East,” Jones said. “It was a last-minute deal, but it will be amazing to compete on home turf and I have a strong team behind me and four excellent team-mates. I’ve never driven a sports car before let alone entered a 24-hour race, so their knowledge will be vital as I endeavor to get to grips with everything as swiftly as possible.

“I’m obviously fully committed to pursuing the single-seater career path and my forthcoming Indy Lights title bid, but having a race as prestigious as the 24H Dubai on my CV can certainly do me no harm and I really can’t thank Lechner enough for this fantastic opportunity. With my team-mates’ experience, I hope to be up-to-speed quickly and notwithstanding the quality of the opposition in the 991 class, I believe we have a great chance to achieve a solid result.”

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis