Formula E: Scott Speed in at Andretti for Miami ePrix

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Former F1 driver Scott Speed has been confirmed as Andretti’s second driver for the upcoming Formula E round in Miami on March 14.

Speed has been drafted in to replace Marco Andretti in the second seat at the team, partnering fellow Toro Rosso exile Jean-Eric Vergne for the fifth race of the inaugural FIA Formula E season.

Since making his last F1 start in 2007, Speed has raced in a number of categories including the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Global Rallycross, and recently had a seat fitting in preparation for a possible IndyCar test.

However, the Californian will now get a chance to impress for Andretti in Miami later this month, and is excited for what this opportunity may bring.

“It’s been so long since I raced an open-wheel car, I feel like I am getting ready for the first day of school – so much excitement!” Speed said.

“Having this opportunity with Andretti is amazing. It’s super cool to be able to race so many different types of cars within the team. I am anxious to get to Miami, and I am up for the challenge.”

Speed tested a Formula E car at Donington Park in England last year before the start of the season, and will be hoping to draw on this experience to impress in Miami.

French team e.dams currently leads the teams’ championship standings, with Andretti sitting in fourth place on 41 points ahead of the first of two home races for the American outfit.

Following the race in Miami, Formula E will remain on U.S. shores for the Long Beach ePrix on April 4.