Dubai-based Ed Jones has signalled his intent in the build-up to his maiden Verizon IndyCar Series
campaign, by outpacing some of the championship's biggest-hitters during the first official pre-season test at Phoenix Raceway
. As part of his preparation, the 22-year-old travelled to the 1.022-mile Arizona oval for three days of running behind the wheel of his Honda
-powered single-seater. As the series' only full-time rookie, the first of those days saw Jones enjoy almost exclusive use of the track, before he was joined by 20 high-calibre rivals for four sessions of daytime and evening action. The latter in particular was significant, given that the Phoenix Grand Prix on 29 April - the fourth of 17 outings on the 2017 IndyCar
schedule - will take place under floodlights. Working closely with his race-winning engineer Michael Cannon, Jones completed just shy of 300 laps in total, steering clear of trouble as a number of his adversaries came into contact with the circuit walls. More ... ...