Veteran United States Auto Club (USAC) government and champion driver Levi Jones was named as director of the Indy Lights series, INDYCAR officials introduced now.
Jones will oversee all functions and level of competition of the Indy Lights Offered by Cooper Tires, the remaining step for motorists in the Street to Indy ladder that prepares drivers for the NTT INDYCAR Collection. INDYCAR provides the position of promoter to its duties as the sanctioning human body of Indy Lights on Nov. 1.
“My full occupation has been in racing and shifting to INDYCAR and Indy Lights is the excellent up coming move,” Jones said. “I glimpse ahead to the opportunity to keep on to develop Indy Lights and extend its legacy and situation as the suitable closing step before the NTT INDYCAR Series.
“It’s hard to place into text what becoming a member of an group like INDYCAR really indicates. When you are in racing, you usually want to be a aspect of the most important and the finest. This is a dream appear correct.”
Illinois indigenous Jones, 39, arrives to his new function soon after operating in competitors and govt positions with the United States Automobile Club considering that 2015.
Jones started his USAC administration career in 2015 as the national collection levels of competition director, foremost the scheduling and procedure of more than 75 USAC functions all-around the United States in the Silver Crown, Dash and Midget Nationwide Championship collection.
In 2019, Jones was promoted to USAC govt vice president, assisting to diversify the sanctioning body’s exercise outside of open-wheel racing to youth racing, off-street levels of competition, rally and sports vehicle racing. Through his tenure, Jones was liable for a broad array of tasks, which includes maintaining and executing yearly rule textbooks, managing sponsorship for each individual collection, negotiating sanctioning agreements, personnel management and doing the job as race director for the Tenting Earth SRX Series in its inaugural period in 2021.
“Because of his broad experience in and out of the cockpit, Levi is the excellent option to become the director of Indy Lights,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye reported. “Levi is effectively revered in the racing marketplace and is familiar with each individual angle of the sport as a driver, workforce proprietor, racetrack operator and sanctioning entire body. We are excited to have Levi on board and look forward to the new era of INDYCAR working Indy Lights.”
Jones started racing 410 Sprint cars at age 16 and designed a single of the most embellished driving careers in USAC historical past. He gained 7 USAC nationwide championships, which include a file five Dash Auto titles (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011). He also received consecutive Silver Crown titles (2010-11).
All but the 2005 Dash title arrived when Jones drove for Tony Stewart Racing, owned by the legendary NASCAR Cup Sequence and INDYCAR Collection champion and two-time Brickyard 400 winner.
Throughout his USAC profession, Jones won 35 function races between the Dash Vehicle (28 wins), Midget (four wins) and Silver Crown (three wins) series.