Indy Lights front runner Ed Jones has been handed the opportunity to impress in an IndyCar test at Sonoma Raceway with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

The Dubai-born driver has had heads turning in the US series with a run of strong results in his rookie season in Indy Lights with British team Carlin and currently sits third in the championship entering the season finale double header at Laguna Seca.

The former European F3 Open champion will join the Indiana-based team at the Sonoma road course next week (13th August) and hopes to demonstrate his capabilities in the Honda-powered Dallara machine.

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"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity and can't thank Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing enough for giving me this chance to show what I am capable of," Jones said. "One of my childhood dreams was to at least drive at the pinnacle of the sport, and I am now well on my way to doing that, which is amazing.

"Of course, when an opportunity like this comes up you have to grab it with both hands and I am working extremely hard to prepare myself for the test.

"The car is going to be quite a step-up from Indy Lights, however in the past I haven't had a problem moving into higher categories. My main aim is to give the team as much feedback as I can and learn as much as possible in the available time."

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing co-owner and three-time IndyCar champion Bobby Rahal says he is intrigued to see how the 20-year-old gets on and hopes he can produce useful data for full-time driver Graham Rahal's car.

"Ed's pedigree from Europe is quite good and of course he won the first three races in Indy Lights, so obviously he is a young, talented driver," Bobby Rahal said. "He still has a lot to learn yet, but we thought he would be a good guy to test.

"When we met, we were impressed with Ed as a driver and a person and while we aren't looking for him to set a new track record, we feel he can provide value and help develop Graham's car. We're looking forward to working with him at Sonoma."