Lucas Ordonez named first Nissan ZEOD RC driver

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Nissan’s electric-powered prototype, the ZEOD RC, will compete at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as the Garage 56 entrant. Unsurprisingly, veteran Nissan driver Lucas Ordóñez has been named the car’s first driver.

Ordóñez won the inaugural Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition in 2008 and made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut in 2011. In three attempts at the famous French enduro he has twice finished on the LM P2 podium. He also took championship wins in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in LM P2 in 2011 and last year’s Blancpain Endurance Series.

Most recently he took a class victory along with four new GT Academy graduates at the Dubai 24 Hours. Ordóñez was previously confirmed as the test driver for the ZEOD RC project but has now been promoted into a race seat.

The car was announced at this year’s Le Mans, and has already enjoyed its on-track debut at Fuji last October. Nissan is using the information and research gained from the experimental entry as part of its future step up to LMP1 in 2015.

Wide range of tire selections for Mexican Grand Prix

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The focus this week is on the United States Grand Prix from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, but because it’s Tuesday, the Pirelli tire selections for next week’s Mexican Grand Prix are also out.

And for once, there’s a wide variance in selections.

Both Red Bull and Ferrari have gone for a more balanced portion of supersoft and ultrasoft tires, with Red Bull only selecting six sets of ultrasoft tires.

Meanwhile all other teams have gone between eight to 10 sets of ultrasoft tires.

The full breakdown is below.