Vergne excited to partner Bird in Formula E

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Jean-Eric Vergne is relishing the opportunity to partner Sam Bird in the upcoming FIA Formula E season at DS Virgin Racing.

Vergne was confirmed to be joining Virgin for season two after spending the majority of the first campaign with Andretti, finishing seventh overall in the final drivers’ championship.

The ex-Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver will balance his development driver duties with Scuderia Ferrari with his role at Virgin, replacing Jaime Alguersuari.

Vergne will race alongside Bird, who finished fifth overall in season one with two race wins to his name and will be looking to lead the team once again in the coming campaign.

In a post on his Instagram account, Vergne expressed his excitement about finally working with Bird, a driver and competitor that he respects and reveres.

“Really happy to be driving for DS Virgin Racing for this new season of Formula E, and to partner a very good and friendly driver,” Vergne wrote.

“There is only a few drivers you can race and fight to the limit knowing there will always be this mutual respect and room. @sambirdracing this season will be a good and exciting one!”

Pre-season testing for the second FIA Formula E season starts on Monday at Donington Park in England.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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