Mayor of London to drive Formula E car at series finale

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Organizers of the FIA Formula E series finale in London have confirmed that city mayor Boris Johnson will try his hand at one of the cars in a show run at Battersea Park.

The inaugural season of the electric-powered championship will come to a close with a double-header round in London next weekend after a solid first season of activity.

As part of the action, Johnson, who has been Mayor of London since 2008 and was recently elected to UK parliament, will get behind the wheel of the Formula E show car.

“Keen cyclist Johnson will drive the 270bhp Spark-Renault SRT_01E around the purpose-built Battersea Park track ahead of the double-header season finale,” a statement from Formula E read.

“The Mayor has been an enthusiastic supporter of getting the all-electric racing series to race in London, the first major single-seater event in the British capital since 1972.”

Johnson won’t be the first politician to get behind the wheel of a single-seater, though. Russian president Vladimir Putin tried out a Renault F1 car five years ago in a promotional stunt for the grand prix in Sochi, which was first held in 2014.

Chip Ganassi to be honored in Petersen Museum exhibit

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This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.

Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Dario Franchitti’s 2010 Dallara IR-05. Photo Kahn Media

Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.

“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’ will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.” 

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.

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