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Lucas di Grassi named new CEO of Roborace

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FIA Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi has been named the new CEO of Roborace, the autonomous electric driving platform.

Roborace was unveiled in November 2015 as a new project to advance autonomous vehicle technology in conjunction with Formula E, the world’s first all-electric single-seater championship.

A series of tests have taken place with a modified Ginetta LMP3 chassis, dubbed a ‘DevBot’, at Formula E events through season three, with the futuristic-looking ‘Robocar’ set to appear at season four events.

Di Grassi was named as Roborace’s new CEO at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this week, expanding his business interests outside of his racing career.

“We want to take Roborace where motorsport cannot go, focusing the platform on future road-relevant autonomous technology. The future of mobility is autonomous, that’s an industry consensus now,” di Grassi said.

“In the same way, I believe that motorsport is about the driver, who is the best human being behind the wheel. I want to develop the Roborace series to be complimentary to traditional motorsport, and not to replace it.

“We invite the OEMs, suppliers, technology companies and universities to use our platform to showcase their technology and intellectual capacity in driverless systems. With the technology evolving so fast we must remain flexible on the events, races and challenges we are promoting.”

Di Grassi takes over as CEO from Roborace founder Denis Sverdlov, who will move into an advisory role in order to focus on other projects.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.