Victor Franzoni will move up from the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series into Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires starting next weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in what was a surprise announcement late Friday night.
The Brazilian was one of four realistic championship contenders in USF2000, along with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing teammates Aaron Telitz and Nico Jamin and Pabst Racing’s Jake Eidson.
However Franzoni, who drove for Afterburner Autosport, was left in a tough position with the team assessed a two-event suspension following the most recent weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.
Rather than join another team in USF2000, Franzoni will instead move up to Pro Mazda with M1 Racing.
“Victor is what a sponsor hopes to find to showcase their products — a top-tier driver who is well mannered and professional,” Jay Horak, an Expert class driver for M1, said in a release. “What he strives for in his racing career, we do in our products. We are a great fit. I think this is just the beginning of what should be a long relationship. We are very excited to be part of his path to the top.”
“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.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
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.”