De Silvestro confirmed at Andretti for Formula E finale


IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro will make her debut in the FIA Formula E series at the finale of its inaugural season in London at the end of the month.

De Silvestro completed a show-run using a Formula E car in Switzerland earlier this year, and expressed her desire to compete in the series one day once her schedule allowed.

Given that the Swiss racer is without a drive for the time being, an opportunity has arisen with the Andretti Formula E team for de Silvestro to race alongside Jean-Eric Vergne at the London ePrix.

Andretti FE has fielded a number of drivers so far this season, with IndyCar driver Justin Wilson in Moscow, taking over from Scott Speed who had held the seat before him.

De Silvestro raced in the opening two rounds of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series with Andretti, finishing fourth in Louisiana. She also took part in the Indianapolis 500, finishing 19th overall.

Andretti will not be the only team making a change to its line-up for the final double-header of the season. Amlin Aguri will need to find a replacement driver for Antonio Felix da Costa due to a clash with a race in the DTM championship, whilst Vitantonio Liuzzi is unable to race with Trulli thanks to a prior racing commitment.

The London ePrix is set to draw the curtain on the inaugural season of the FIA Formula E championship, with four drivers still in contention to win the drivers’ title.

The two races are set to take place around the grounds of Battersea Park in central London, with the circuit being described by ePrix winner Jerome d’Ambrosio as “a big challenge”.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”