Nicolas Prost wins Formula E Malaysia pole, but must serve 10-spot grid penalty

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e.dams-Renault’s Nicolas Prost is 2-for-2 in poles so far in Formula E after posting the fastest lap in tonight’s qualifying session for the Putrajaya ePrix in Malaysia.

However, the son of Formula One legend Alain Prost will have to serve a 10-spot grid penalty for his role in Nick Heidfeld’s nasty crash at the conclusion of September’s season opener in Beijing.

As a result, it will be Dragon Racing teammates Oriol Servia and Jerome d’Ambrosio that will lead the field at the start of the 31-lap race, which comes later tonight at 1 a.m. ET. Prost will roll off from 11th.

Prost, Servia, and d’Ambrosio turned in the three fastest overall laps from the third of four qualifying groups. Servia, the long-time IndyCar pilot, went to the provisional pole with a 1:22.010 with less than two minutes remaining for Group 3, but Prost answered with a 1:21.779 that would stand up as the quickest time.

The final group saw practice leader Sam Bird shoot to fourth on the overall grid with a 1:22.235, while Beijing winner Lucas di Grassi and Jaime Alguersuari failed to post times after they both crashed during their runs. Those two drivers will have to start from the back of the field.

Bird and Daniel Abt will line up from Row 2, followed by Jarno Trulli and Karun Chandhok in Row 3. Nelson Piquet and Heidfeld are in Row 4, and Row 5 features Bruno Senna and Indy Lights driver Matthew Brabham from Andretti Formula E. Brabham’s teammate, Franck Montagny, will start a bit farther back in Row 7 with Stephane Sarrazin.

FIA FORMULA E at Putrajaya, Malaysia
Qualifying Results
*1. Nicolas Prost, 1:21.779
2. Oriol Servia, 1:22.010
3. Jerome d’Ambrosio, 1:22.205
4. Sam Bird, 1:22.235
5. Daniel Abt, 1:22.342
6. Jarno Trulli, 1:22.347
7. Karun Chandhok, 1:22.612
8. Nelson Piquet Jr., 122.620
9. Nick Heidfeld, 1:22.720
10. Bruno Senna, 1:22.816
11. Matthew Brabham, 1:22.941
12. Antonio Felix da Costa, 1:23.194
13. Stephane Sarrazin, 1:23.240
14. Franck Montagny, 1:23.697
15. Michela Cerruti, 1:23.857
16. Ho-Pin Tung, 1:23.894
17. Sebastien Buemi, 1:25.319
18. Katherine Legge, 1:25.823
19. Jaime Alguersuari, No Time
20. Lucas di Grassi, No Time
*10-spot grid penalty

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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