F1 veteran Jarno Trulli tests new Formula E machine (VIDEO)

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Testing continues for the Spark-Renault challenger that will be the centerpiece of the all-electric Formula E championship, which begins later this fall in Beijing.

Recently, an experienced hand stepped into the cockpit of the innovative new car: Jarno Trulli, a veteran of 256 Formula One Grand Prix and a past champion of F1’s cornerstone, the Monaco Grand Prix.

Trulli, who recently joined Formula E’s ‘Drivers Club’ pool, put the car through its paces at the La Ferte Gaucher circuit in France. The car featured the final version of the 200kw race-ready battery.

While the Italian regarded the sound of the Formula E car as something much different than what he’s used to, he also said that the Spark-Renault drives like a proper race car should.

“The sound is different but you still hear the sound of the electrical engine and gearbox, so in terms of feeling, it’s perfect for a racing driver,” he said. “Maybe from the outside it seems different, but inside, you don’t notice it. So far, I have enjoyed it because it’s a nice car to drive.

“…I expected something different and it certainly is, but having a feeling of a racing car was the most important thing. I have been racing for 30 years – 15 in Formula One – so I have seen, more or less, everything. So, I anticipated finding something unlike anything else. But it gave me the same feeling of the old days.”

The series reports that the first batch of cars will be delivered to teams at its headquarters in Donington Park, England in mid-May.

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.