Alguersuari to miss upcoming Formula E season amid medical concerns

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Jaime Alguersuari has confirmed that he will take no part in the second FIA Formula E season as he awaits a diagnosis following a faint earlier this year.

Alguersuari pulled out of the final round of the inaugural Formula E season in London on medical grounds after fainting in the aftermath of the Moscow ePrix, resulting in the suspension of his race license.

The ex-F1 driver had competed in every race up to that point with Virgin Racing, recording four points finishes. He would ultimately end the season 13th in the final drivers’ standings.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Alguersuari confirmed that he was still awaiting a final diagnosis for his faint, and as this had not been resolved, he would not be taking any part in the second Formula E season.

“As you well know, last June I suffered a fainting episode after the Moscow ePrix,” Alguersuari said. “As a consequence of this faint, my license to race was temporarily suspended because the FIA commission wanted to delve into medical research.

“During the month of July, I underwent several tests for which there has not been a medical resolution and I am still waiting for the final diagnosis.

“For this reason I need to announce that, unfortunately, I will not be able to take part in the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2015/16 season with my team DS Virgin Racing.

“I want to wish good luck to the team in the new championship and thank everyone for their support.

“In September I will announce my future plans. Until then, happy summer to all!”

Alguersuari has become the second driver this week to confirm that he will not be returning to Formula E for season two. Karun Chandhok is turning his attention to sportscars after a difficult first season in the electric-powered series.

Virgin replaced Alguersuari with 2013 GP2 champion Fabio Leimer in London, and the Swiss driver may be a possible option for the start of season two in Beijing this October.

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.