Faraday Future becomes Long Beach ePrix title sponsor

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Electric vehicle company Faraday Future has been named as the title sponsor for the upcoming Formula E race in Long Beach, California.

Faraday Future works to develop electric vehicle solutions, and is planning to lunch its first EV in 2017. The FFZERO1 concept car is set to travel to Long Beach and be on display in the fan e-village.

“Beyond offering thrilling competition and breakneck entertainment, Formula E also acts as an open invitation test bed for the latest sustainable technology,” a release from Faraday Future reads.

“This championship race will be the sixth stop on ePrix’s 2015/2016 tour and the only American race this season. We are honored to be involved with this visionary FIA championship series.”

Nick Sampson, SVP of R&D and engineering at Faraday Future was delighted to announce the title sponsorship and to become involved with Formula E.

“I’m excited to experience this new frontier of automotive competition. Some have this misconception that electric vehicles are somehow “boring” – I think Formula E does a great deal to dispel that theory,” Sampson said.

“These vehicles not only rival their traditional counterparts; they will soon surpass them. Electric vehicles like FFZERO1 operate more dynamically – for example, we have a motor for each wheel, each controlled individually, optimizing power outputs for more deliberate handling and greater performance.

“This allows drivers to customize the way their platform operates to truly unleash its potential under their individual driving techniques.

“These vehicles are far from boring – on the contrary, they harness far more possibilities than anything we’ve seen before.”

The Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix takes place on April 2.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”