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.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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