Franck Montagny tests positive for cocaine derivative

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Franck Montagny, the veteran French open-wheel and sports car driver who has most recently competed in the new FIA Formula E Championship with Andretti Autosport, faces an uncertain future in motorsport after testing positive for a cocaine derivative.

Montagny pulled out of the series’ most recent round in Uruguay, citing a health issue.

Now, the 36-year-old has told l’Equipe there is more to the story, as he tested positive at the previous FE round in Malaysia.

“Auto sport is perhaps over for me,” he said. “I made a mistake, I’m guilty.”

Montagny drove a handful of Grands Prix with Super Aguri in 2006, and also spent time as a reserve driver for Renault and Toyota. He has worked as a French TV commentator in recent years.

In sports cars, he’s a 12-time starter at Le Mans, and although he never won with Peugeot he captured several podiums.

He also made three North American open-wheel starts. He finished second in the final Champ Car race in Long Beach 2008 behind Will Power, and made a pair of one-off appearances in an extra Andretti car at Sonoma in 2009 and at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis this past year.