Behind every champion there's a secret weapon; supportive parents!
Russell Jones, a former Middle East racing champion and UAE resident taught his son Ed to drive at the age of 5. By the age of 22, Ed Jones would amaze the motorsport world by finishing on the podium of the USA's biggest and fastest motor race – the Indianapolis 500. This gave Dubai born Ed Jones instant worldwide acclaim and qualified him as the UAE's most successful racing driver.
The unwavering commitment of Ed's parents Russell and Elaine is fully responsible for his success.
"Ed of course learnt the ropes during many seasons of kart racing. When he was 15 he went through the Formula Gulf Driver Development Program at Yas Marina Circuit and Dubai Autodrome" said Russell Jones. Ed was the first driver to sign up for the new Formula Gulf Academy program in 2010 but was soon off to the UK to compete in the 2011 InterSteps Championship where he finished 4th overall in his first car racing season.
"Having observed the high standard of education and driver coaching Formula Gulf Academy offer to young drivers, I would certainly recommend this school to aspiring young drivers" added Russell.
In 2013, Jones would become the youngest European F3 Open Champion in history, with six wins, 10 podium finishes and four pole positions. Acutely aware of the colossal cost of staying on the F1 ladder, Russell and Ed decided to move across the Atlantic to compete in Indy Lights, a feeder series to the IndyCarSeries. By winning the Indy Lights title and the US $1 million Mazda scholarship with two wins, eight podium finishes and eight pole positions, Ed was able to get a rookie IndyCar drive with Dale Coyne Racing where he would go on to win more than half a million dollars with his extraordinary 3rd place finish in the Indy 500.
Said a delighted Russell Jones, "Ed definitely benefited from his first car days with Formula Gulf".
Entries open for season seven of Formula Gulf Academy on 1st July.