Scott Speed, Gil de Ferran set to test Formula E for Andretti Autosport

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One racing legend and one driver who’s reinvigorated his career in new forms of motorsport will be testing in the newest form of motorsport, FIA Formula E, tomorrow and Friday. The drivers are Gil de Ferran and Scott Speed; the team is Andretti Autosport; the track is Donington Park.

The 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner and two-time CART champion de Ferran, who serves as an FIA Formula E ambassador, will have his first round of open-wheel track action since his retirement at the end of the 2003 IndyCar season. De Ferran also raced an Acura prototype in the American Le Mans Series in both 2008 and 2009, against Andretti’s operation.

“Being an Ambassador and strong supporter of Formula E, from day one I have been very curious and interested in how an electric-powered racing car would behave and handle,” de Ferran said. “I am highly interested in the technical side of motorsports so this has been a great curiosity for me. Obviously I haven’t driven anything feverishly for over five years, so it will be certainly a challenge but something that I am really looking forward to.”

Speed, meanwhile, currently leads the Red Bull Global Rallycross points standings driving a 7Up-backed entry for Andretti with wins in the first two rounds of the season (Round 1, 2). He also competed last weekend in Watkins Glen in a Luna-C backed Lamborghini in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series.

“I’m excited to get into a single-seater again,” said Speed, who is the most recent American race driver in Formula One (2006-2007 with Scuderia Toro Rosso). “I expect it to be a very steep learning curve seeing as I haven’t driven anything with downforce in seven years. The Andretti organization has been an amazing company to drive for, and I’m happy to grow my role as one of its drivers while helping out with the Formula E test.”

The team has already confirmed Franck Montagny as its first driver and its second could either be one single driver, or a combination of drivers to be rotated through.

Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.