D'Ambrosio takes second Formula E seat with Dragon Racing

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Only three spots left for the series starting grid.

Dragon Racing, the Los Angeles based professional motorsports team owned by media and publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske, has today announced the signing of Jérôme d'Ambrosio to compete in the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. He joins IndyCar star Mike Conway.

The 28-year-old Belgian began go-karting aged eight before quickly rising through the single-seater ranks on his way to his Formula One debut with the Virgin F1 Team (now Marussia). In doing so he became only the third Belgian in the history of the sport to complete a full season in F1, after well-known racing drivers Jacky Ickx and Thierry Boutsen. Following this, d'Ambrosio moved to the Lotus F1 Team as a reserve driver for 2012-2013, taking part in the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. More recently, he signed with Bentley for their return to endurance racing and is now looking forward to beginning the Formula E season with Dragon Racing. 

D'Ambrosio exited about opportunity

“It is with great excitement that I will be at the wheel of the Dragon Racing entry in this historic first season of the FIA Formula E Championship,” said d'Ambrosio. “I have watched the Dragon Racing organisation closely over the last few months and feel that together we can achieve great results during this first season.” 

Jay Penske, owner of Dragon Racing, said: “I am so pleased to have Jérôme pilot one of our two Dragon Racing entries. After watching Jérôme’s performances in F1, as well as the most recent Formula E test, I feel that the combination of Jérôme and our other drivers should prove to be a formidable force.” 

Jérôme is a talented driver and we’re delighted to welcome yet another top name to the inaugural Formula E grid and excited to see who will fill the last three places.

Alejandro Agag

 

Dragon Racing, which is currently preparing for the first race of the inaugural Formula E series in Beijing, China, on September 13 2014, first began in 2006 under the original banner of Luczo Dragon Racing founded by Penske and Steve Luczo, Chairman and CEO of Seagate Technologies.

Just three seats remain

The signing of d'Ambrosio leaves just three driver places remaining for the 2014/2015 Formula E season with China Racing yet to reveal their line-up, along with the second seat at Andretti Autosport.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, added: “Jérôme is a talented driver and we’re delighted to welcome yet another top name to the inaugural Formula E grid and excited to see who will fill the last three places.”

For more information on Formula E, including a full driver list, visit www.fiaformulae.com. 

Dragon Racing

 

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Series FORMULA-E
Drivers Mike Conway, Jérôme d'Ambrosio
Article type Breaking news
Tags dragon racing, jay penske, marussia, mike conway, virgin f1