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Franck Montagny confirmed for Andretti’s Formula E team

May 29, 2014, 9:38 AM EDT

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No big surprise here but Frenchman Franck Montagny has been confirmed as the first of two drivers for Andretti Autosport’s FIA Formula E program.

This means Montagny will have raced for Michael Andretti’s organization in sports cars (2008, ALMS Acura P2), IndyCar (2009 and 2014 Dallara-Hondas) and now FE. Montagny enjoyed being back in an IndyCar for the first time in five years at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, but was taken out by fellow GPI one-0ffer Martin Plowman mid-race.

“It is a great honor to be racing again with Andretti Autosport and Michael Andretti.” Montagny said in a team release. “I worked a great deal with the team in 2008 and 2009, and again this year, and working together on this new electric challenge will be exciting. I am convinced that this new fully-electric technology in the automotive industry will become a very important characteristic of our day to day lives in the future, and this high-level racing competition will very quickly bring new technical developments just as Formula 1 did in the past for everyday automobiles.”

Montagny also competed in F1 in 2006 and has 12 starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the most recent coming in 2012 with OAK Racing.

The team will confirm its second driver, or drivers that could rotate, at a later date. Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay expressed some interest during the day after media day. With the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule concluding August 30, drivers are available once the FE season begins September 13, in Beijing.

  1. techmeister1 - May 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    The tree huggers are trying like Hell to make EVs significant when they aren’t for 99% of the world. E-racing is a means for auto makers to pretend they are being green. It’s similar to using gasohol in auto racing – it’s a joke as it has zero impact on the environment but the naive buy into it.

    • crunge4461 - May 30, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      Well, alcohol is a great and widely used racing fuel so I imagine that gasohol would work just fine….in fact I think Nascar currently uses gasohol, pretty sure that Nascar fuel is cut with a percent of alcohol, though, can’t say that I am certain. Formula E, I am really not intrigued as yet.

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