IndyCar’s Dragon Racing signs up for Formula E

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A second IZOD IndyCar Series squad will be expanding to the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship that is slated to begin next fall.

It was announced earlier today that Dragon Racing, which currently fields two IndyCar programs for four-time Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais and Colombian pilot Sebastian Saavedra, has joined the grid for Formula E’s inaugural season – joining fellow IndyCar outfit Andretti Autosport as well as UK-based Drayson Racing and China Racing.

“It’s an honor for Dragon Racing to have been selected as one of the founding teams in Formula E,” Dragon owner Jay Penske said in a statement.

“Formula E symbolizes a vision for the future of motorsports and the automotive industry, while directly appealing to a new generation of global race fans. Formula E offers a tremendous opportunity for our many technology and media partners, and we look forward to its inevitable growth and ascendancy over the next decade.”

In his own statement, Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag emphasized the series’ strengthening connection to America with US-based squads Andretti and Dragon both now in the mix.

“Today’s announcement also brings an L.A.-based team to the Championship. That has special significance as California has become the ‘land of electric cars’, an example that we want to spread to the rest of the world,” said Agag.

“With Dragon Racing lining up alongside fellow IndyCar giants Andretti Autosport, what’s apparent is the continued interest from the States Formula E is receiving from not only teams but also cities, with races taking place in Los Angeles and Miami.”

L.A. and Miami are part of a 10-city preliminary schedule for 2014-15 that also includes stops in London, Berlin, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Bangkok, and Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Agag said that a full roster of teams would be revealed by the end of November.

Barber IndyCar iRacing results

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Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.