Agag delighted to bring Formula E full circle with London finale

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LONDON – When the checkered flag falls at the end of Sunday’s London ePrix in Battersea Park and the first season of FIA Formula E comes to an end, series CEO Alejandro Agag will have succeeded where many expected him to fail.

The prospect of an all-electric series certified by the FIA is one that created more questions than answers when it was conceived back in 2012.

However, it is one that has not only become a reality, but is also flourishing as it prepares for its season finale on Sunday.

“We are extremely happy to be here,” Agag said in a press conference on Friday. “Not only are we happy to be here racing in London, but we’re extremely happy to be here – now we can say that ‘we made it’. We made the first season of Formula E.

“I see our promoter from Long Beach there smiling – he didn’t think we would make it!” he continued, pointing at the back of the room and laughing. “But we did, and we’re very happy to be here.”

When asked by MotorSportsTalk what his outstanding moment of first season was, Agag was torn between two – one that has been and one that is to come.

“I think the best moment of the season for me was the start of the race in Beijing, when the lights went green and the cars went off,” Agag said.

“That was really for me the highest moment of the season, which will be followed by the end of the London race.

“What we wanted to achieve was the really put in motion this championship. Really the big challenge here was to get the ball rolling, to exist, to create Formula E, to do the whole season.

“Because that’s how we demonstrate that this can be done. This is a very good idea, and many companies and partners and people and supporters like the idea, but they wanted to see it there.”

With season one now in the books, Formula E will be looking to kick on and continue to flourish ahead of the start of the next campaign this fall.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.