The Andretti Formula E Team welcomes former F1 pilot Franck Montagny. The Frenchman becomes the first driver announced for Michael Andretti’s new adventure in the fully-electric FIA Formula E Championship.
Montagny brings a value bag of experience with him. The 36-year-old driver has completed countless endurance races including four podium finishes during the 24 Hours of Le Mans and was successful in single seaters when he won the 2001 and 2003 World Series by Nissan. He also spent five years in Formula 1, driving seven Grands Prix for Super Aguri in 2007.
Although both new to Formula E for its debut season, the relationship between Andretti and Montagny dates back to 2008 when Montagny competed in the ALMS series with Andretti Autosport, he then returned to the team in 2009 with the IndyCar Series and again for the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
“It is a great honor to be racing again with Andretti Autosport and Michael Andretti,” said Montagny. “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.”
Team manager Rob Arnott told Speed City Broadcast that the second diver is likely to be an American. Conversations with Indycar drivers are ongoing and he didn’t rule out that Marco Andretti will race eventually.
The first round of the FIA Formula E Championship will be held in Beijing, China in September 2014.