Paul Di Resta, who spent the 2017 Formula 1 season as a reserve driver for Williams Martini Racing and even filled in for Felipe Massa at the Hungarian Grand Prix, is scheduled to take part in the FIA Formula E rookie test at the Marrakesh ePrix, doing so with Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
The team revealed the announcement via their Twitter page on Wednesday, also detailing that Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of Emerson Fittipaldi, will join Di Resta in the rookie test.
Di Resta, in addition to his Formula 1 duties, contested a full 2017 DTM campaign with Mercedes – Di Resta is a former DTM champion – and is slated to run the Rolex 24 with United Autosport.
The 31-year-old had also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the second Williams F1 seat in 2018, alongside incumbent Lance Stroll. Di Resta even completed a one-day test with Williams in October, but does not appear to be the favorite to land that seat, with Russian young gun Sergey Sirotkin now reportedly in the mix.
The US-based Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship circuit has reportedly parked itself and the pending 2018 season. According to various reports including AutoWeek, AutoSport.com and Motorsport.com, the Red Bull-sponsored GRC has suspended operations.
MotorSportsTalk reached out to a GRC spokesman for comment and further details.
It appears that all GRC-related websites, including its home page, as well as the site to order tickets to races this season, are unavailable. The series’ Twitter account @GRCseries remains, but hasn’t tweeted since April 13.
New York’s Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway, which was to host the GRC’s season-opening event (the original Louisville opener in mid-May was cancelled), issued a statement on its Twitter account:
Several GRC teams said at the end of last season that they would not return to the series, including teams from Honda, Volkswagen and Subaru.
It is expected that the GRC Europe series will continue working on its 2019 campaign.
It’s unclear whether teams that are no longer with the GRC U.S. series will move to a new series backed by IMG known as “Americas Rallycross Championship.” The ARC is slated to kick off as part of next month’s World Rallycross event at Silverstone in Great Britain.
Other ARC events, also tied into WRC events, will be at Trois-Rivieres in Canada on August 4-5, and at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 29-30. A fourth event is still in the works.