INDIANAPOLIS (Monday, October 11, 2021) – United States Auto Club (USAC) veteran and champion driver Levi Jones has been named director of the Indy Lights series, INDYCAR officials announced today.
Jones will oversee all operations and competition of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the final stop for pilots on the Road to Indy scale that prepares pilots for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. INDYCAR adds the role of promoter to its functions as Indy Lights sanctioning body on November 1.
âMy whole career has been in racing and moving to INDYCAR and Indy Lights is the perfect next step,â Jones said. âI look forward to the opportunity to continue to develop Indy Lights and expand its legacy and position as the ideal final step ahead of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
âIt’s hard to express what it really means to join an organization like INDYCAR. When you are in the race you always want to be one of the biggest and the best. It’s a dream come true. “
Illinois native Jones, 39, comes to his new role after having held competitive and managerial positions with the United States Auto Club since 2015.
Jones began his career in USAC administration in 2015 as Director of National Series Competitions, leading the planning and operation of over 75 USAC events in the United States in the Silver Crown National Championship Series , Sprint and Midget.
In 2019, Jones was promoted to Executive Vice President of USAC, helping to diversify the activity of the sanctioning body beyond open wheel racing to youth races, offroad competitions, rallies. and sports car racing. During his tenure, Jones was responsible for a wide range of duties, including maintaining and enforcing annual settlements, managing sponsorship for each round, negotiating sanction agreements, managing personnel and labor. as Race Director for the Camping World SRX series in its inaugural season in 2021.
âDue to his vast experience in and out of the cockpit, Levi is the perfect choice to become the director of Indy Lights,â said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. âLevi is well respected in the racing industry and knows all aspects of the sport as a driver, team owner, race track operator and sanctioning body. We are delighted to have Levi on board and look forward to the new era of INDYCAR with Indy Lights. “
Jones started racing 410 Sprint cars at the age of 16 and built one of the most decorated racing careers in USAC history. He has won seven USAC National Championships, including a record five Sprint Car titles (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011). He has also won back-to-back Silver Crown titles (2010-11).
Everything but the 2005 Sprint title came when Jones drove for Tony Stewart Racing, owned by legendary NASCAR Cup and INDYCAR SERIES champion and two-time winner of the Brickyard 400.
During his USAC career, Jones won 35 races between the Sprint Car (28 wins), Midget (four wins) and Silver Crown (three wins) series.