Formula E fans’ forum to be held in London ahead of ePrix

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Racing enthusiasts will get a chance to put their questions to a panel of FIA Formula E drivers in a fans’ forum ahead of the championship’s finale in London at the end of the month.

Following the success of the fans’ forums organized by the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) and the COTA Forum held in Austin, Texas ahead of last year’s United States Grand Prix, a similar event has been confirmed ahead of the London ePrix.

Former FOTA secretary general Oliver Weingarten announced earlier this week that the fans’ forum would be held in London featuring a number of drivers and figures that feature in the series.

Championship contenders Nelson Piquet Jr and Sebastien Buemi will be joined by Jean-Eric Vergne and Karun Chandhok for the fans’ forum, taking place at Planet Hollywood in Haymarket, London on Thursday 25th June.

As per the other forums, entry to the Formula E fans’ forum will be free, with registration available via this link.

Following FOTA’s disbanding in 2014, Weingarten has since set up his own sports advisory and fan engagement agency, organizing fans’ forums for sports such as darts with more planned in the future due to the successful concept.

His hope is that this inaugural fans’ forum will set a precedent for future Formula E events to tie in with the series’ fan-focused approach.

“There is a lot of excitement ahead of the London ePrix and the fans’ forum has now added to that sense of anticipation,” Weingarten told MotorSportsTalk.

“I am a big believer in the fans connecting with the sport, and Formula E has always shown itself from the outset to be a big supporter of fan engagement.

“I would like to thank Formula E for sanctioning the forum, and believe that the demand over the last twenty four hours in respect of registrations shows that the UK public have swiftly adopted Formula E, and are excited about meeting drivers like Jean-Eric Vergne, Sebastien Buemi, Karun Chandhok and Nelson Piquet Jr.

“The hope is that this forum will provide a template for others, and attract sponsors in future.”

The London ePrix takes place on June 27 and 28 at Battersea Park, acting as the final two rounds of the inaugural Formula E season.

Ryan Norman returns to Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport in 2019

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Ryan Norman will return to Andretti Autosport for their third season together in 2019 after scoring his first win and first pole with that organization in 2018.

I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights,” said Norman in a press release. “We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.”

Norman finished 2018 fourth in the championship, earning his first career win in race 15 of the 17-race schedule at Gateway Motorsports Park in August.

Norman’s first pole came in the finale at Portland International Raceway in September, but he crashed on the first lap and finished last (8th).

“We’re very happy that Ryan is rejoining us for his third season of Indy Lights,” said Andretti Autosport President, JF Thormann. “We were pleased with his performance this past season, and his potential as a driver began to really shine after his win at Gateway. He’s right on track with his progression plan put together by his engineering team, and we feel strongly that he has what it takes to be a contender for the 2019 championship.”

Norman will essentially replace teammates Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta, who will race for Rookie of the Year honors in IndyCar next season.  O’Ward finished first in the Indy Lights standings last year; Herta finished second.

Norman’s 2019 campaign will begin on the streets of St. Petersburgh, Florida March 9, 2019. That will be the first of a double-header with Race 2 running the following day.