FIA Formula E: Charles Pic, Matthew Brabham slated for Andretti FE roles

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The mystery to one of the two remaining FIA Formula E seats was answered late Wednesday night with the news Takuma Sato will deputize for Antonio Felix da Costa at Amlin Aguri for this weekend’s Beijing series and season opener.

The other TBA is the identity of Andretti FE’s second driver. Ex-Marussia and Caterham F1 driver Charles Pic will fill the void alongside Franck Montagny. Pic, a Frenchman, had two nondescript seasons in F1 but should be solid alongside his countryman. He’s spent this year as a test driver for Lotus.

“This is very exciting! Formula E is a new challenge and concept, so there is a lot of excitement; you can feel it throughout the team,” Pic said in a team release. “I am very much looking forward to being part of the Andretti Formula-E Team family and to the first round of competition in Beijing.”

Meanwhile Matthew Brabham, who drove for Andretti Autosport in Indy Lights this season and Pro Mazda last year, will join the team as reserve driver. Young “Matty Brabs” has tested for Andretti FE this summer in preparation for a possible role with the team.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.