D’Ambrosio retained by Dragon Racing for second Formula E season

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Jerome d’Ambrosio will return to the FIA Formula E championship for its second season after extending his contract with Dragon Racing.

D’Ambrosio raced with Dragon for the entirety of season one, claiming one race victory in Berlin and two second place finishes in London en route to fourth place in the final standings.

The Belgian driver was delighted to confirm that he would be remaining with Dragon Racing for season two, the team owned by Jay Penske.

“It is with great excitement that I will be at the wheel of the Dragon Racing entry for the second season of the FIA Formula E Championship,” d’Ambrosio said.

“I have watched the entire Dragon Racing organization produce race wins and podium finishes, and I feel that we have the opportunity to build on the knowledge and experience we all gained in season one.”

Penske was pleased to retain d’Ambrosio for the second season, believing that the Belgian can emulate and exceed his achievements from the first campaign.

“I am so pleased to have Jerome continue to pilot the #7 Dragon Racing entry,” Penske said.

“After watching Jerome’s performance on track and the way that he worked with his engineers and crew in the first season, I feel that season two will produce more podium finishes, and hopefully more results like in Berlin and London.”

The second Dragon seat was shared between Oriol Servia and Loic Duval in season one, but it is unclear who will fill it for the start of season two in Beijing on October 17.

Top Fuel driver Austin Prock earns 2019 NHRA top rookie honors

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Having just completed a promising first year in NHRA Top Fuel competition, Austin Prock is on the road to even greater drag racing success in his career.

That’s why it’s not surprising that Prock was named the winner of the 2019 Auto Club Road to the Future Award during Monday night’s annual NHRA Awards dinner at the Ray Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

The Road to the Future Award is NHRA’s version of Rookie of the Year, and Prock was among the brightest young stars on the circuit this past season, including winning his first national event at the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in suburban Seattle, the 16th race on the 24-race schedule.

What made that first win all the more sweeter is it came at the same event that his boss, legendary 16-time Funny Car champion John Force, captured his milestone 150th career win.

One month ago, Prock set a personal best run of 3.688 seconds at 334.40 mph over veteran driver Doug Kalitta in the first round of eliminations at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals three weeks ago in Ennis, Texas (suburban Dallas).

“I am proud of the season this Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist team put together,” Prock said in a media release. “My guys worked their asses off all season long to give me the opportunity to win the Auto Club Road the Future Award. I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I would have never been here without John Force and Robert Hight (president of John Force Racing). They gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream and I owe the world to them. I hope I made them proud.”

Prock became only the 10th rookie in the history of the NHRA pro ranks to both win a race in their first season and also go on to win the Road to the Future award. He also was the 13th rookie in the sport’s history to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship, NHRA’s six race playoffs.

Prock becomes the sixth John Force Racing driver to earn the Road to the Future Award, joining Tony Pedregon (1996), Hight (2005), Ashley Force-Hood (2007), Mike Neff (2008), Courtney Force (2012) and Brittany Force (2013).

Austin Prock is the son of veteran crew chief Jimmy Prock, who tuned Hight to his third career NHRA Funny Car championship this past Sunday.

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