NTTT IndyCar Series and ABB Formula E team Andretti Autosport have become the first American outfit to join the new Extreme E Series.
Andretti Autosport who have been extremely successful in the NTT IndyCar Series, winning the Indianapolis 500 five times with Dan Wheldon – 2005, Dario Franchitti – 2007, Ryan Hunter Reay – 2014, Alexander Rossi – 2016 and Takuma Sato in 2017 as well as four IndyCar Series championships have also found success with wins in the ABB Formula E will be goping for similar success in Extreme E.
Extreme E will see electric SUV’s compete in five endurance races around the world and was founded by the founder of ABB Formula E Alejandro Agag commented saying:
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Andretti Autosport, a true powerhouse in racing, as the latest team to join Extreme E.
“Andretti Autosport has achieved across multiple disciplines at the highest level of our sport over many years. The team has a real passion for motorsport, both as a driver of change and in promoting sustainable practices and technologies, making its decision to join Extreme E at this early stage, a natural one.
“Extreme E is an ambitious new project born out of a concern for the future of our planet, and now more than ever, as motorsport adapts its behaviors and values to stay relevant in these changing times, that concern is critical for us all to consider.
“Andretti Autosport has been fine tuning its expertise in electric racing as a founding Formula E outfit, and off-road as multiple rallycross title-winners. These experiences will be invaluable in making the jump into Extreme E. That said, the series is a unique prospect all of its own. The sporting challenge will be intense and the scope for innovation is far-reaching, and I for one am eager to see how the Andretti Autosport team adapts to its new test.”
Andretti Autosport Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti commented saying:
We remain dedicated to expanding and diversifying our team effort, in both traditional motorsport and with new, revolutionary racing concepts. I think that Extreme E is an exciting opportunity for the team as we continue to grow globally.
“The current COVID-19 crisis is bringing attention to a changing world, and our traditional mindsets have to adapt with that. We feel that announcing now can help bring hope for the future of motorsport and a new focus to the sustainability message. I believe the entire motorsport industry is going to emerge from this time stronger than ever, and I look forward to seeing our team join Extreme E to do our part in leaving an impactful legacy in each race location.
Andretti Autosport Team Principal Roger Griffiths said:
“The proposed format of Extreme E is unique, not only from the competition perspective but also from what it means to the planet, the impact to it and our contribution to improving it. Motorsport has always spoken of racing in harsh environments and now with Extreme E we really will be putting this to the test and showcasing the abilities of an all-electric racing platform.
“It is an exciting opportunity to combine our knowledge and experience of electric racing with that of short circuit off road competition. We have proven to be successful in both arenas in the past so hopefully we carry this over into the new venture!”