Trulli Formula E withdraws from championship

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While news this morning has emerged that Jaguar will enter the FIA Formula E Championship, starting with its third season in 2016-2017, one team that won’t be continuing for this year or the foreseeable future is Trulli Formula E.

Its withdrawal opens the door for Jaguar to take an entry into the 10-team series.

Trulli FE missed the opening two rounds of this year’s season at Beijing and Putrajaya for both technical and homologation reasons of its new car, the Motomatica JT-01.

Salvador Duran and Vitantonio Liuzzi were due to drive for the Jarno Trulli-led team.

“After failing scrutineering in the Beijing and Putrayaja ePrix and in light of our commercial agreement with Formula E Holdings, we are forced to announce the retirement of Trulli Formula E from the FIA Formula E Championship,” Francesco Test, CEO of Trulli GP, said in a release.

“As major supporters of this all electric series, we are please to leave space for a new OEM to enter the series and further help develop the series and electric racing technology.”

Series CEO Alejandro Agag thanked Trulli for his efforts to get the team on the grid; Trulli took over what had been earmarked as Drayson Racing’s entry early in the pre-first season process.

“We are disappointed that Trulli has decided to leave the championship,” Agag said in the release. “Having a driver of the status of Jarno Trulli involved in the early days certainly helped to boost the credibility of Formula E.

“Taking the decision to become a full manufacturer was a bold one, and one that was always going to present challenges due to the technical advances that Formula E is pioneering.

“While we are very sad to see Trulli leave, this does create an opportunity for a new team and manufacturer to enter and we are very confident about the future strength of the series.”

Trulli FE finished 10th and last in the opening season of the series, with Trulli’s fourth place at Punta del Este, Uruguay the team’s lone top-five finish. He also scored one pole position,

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.