Both Michael Andretti and Dario Franchitti are past race winners on the historic streets of Long Beach.
In the above video, shot by the FIA Formula E Championship during its weekend at Long Beach earlier this month, the pair of drivers and former co-workers reflect on the history of the track as it’s 40 years on from the inaugural Formula 5000 race there in 1975, won by Brian Redman.
Andretti won at Long Beach in 1986 and again in 2002, with those two wins the book-ends of his 42-win career. Tuesday marked the 13-year anniversary, to the day, of his last win.
Franchitti added a win in 2009, his first win back in IndyCar after a one-year sojourn to NASCAR. It helped launch him to the first of three consecutive championships he’d win with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, his second, third and fourth of his illustrious career.
Andretti is team principal of the now three-car Andretti Autosport lineup (Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, Carlos Munoz) and Franchitti is serving as driver coach for Sage Karam at CGR. Karam won’t be racing in Long Beach this weekend but will be back at Barber next week.
Alain Prost is also featured in the above video, as are highlights of the Formula E race on the truncated Long Beach circuit, a race won by Nelson Piquet Jr. over one of Andretti’s Formula E drivers, Jean-Eric Vergne for his first FE podium.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
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Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”