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Formula E: Vergne caps championship with win in New York Race 2

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Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne clinched the 2017-18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship on Saturday during Race 1 of the New York City ePrix, and ended the season in style by winning Race 2.

Vergne, who started second, was on the charge from outset, launching into the lead directly off the start after beating pole sitter Sebastien Buemi to the first turn. Vergne’s teammate Andre Lotterer also made a strong start to challenge for second, but was deemed to have jumped the start and given a penalty.

Up front, however, Vergne dominated the rest of the way, vending off a late challenge from Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi. But, with di Grassi’s teammate Daniel Abt finishing third, it was enough to give them the team championship. Vergne’s teammate Lotterer could only come back to finish ninth.

Still, the victory, Vergne’s fourth of the season, concludes an incredible run in which he finished every race inside the points – his worst finish was tenth, in Switzerland.

Full results can be found here, and the final championship standings can be found here. Vergne ended up leading di Grassi by 44 points at season’s end, di Grassi having gotten around Sam Bird, who finished tenth in Race 2.

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IndyCar: Ed Carpenter Racing signs Ed Jones for road, street course races in 2019

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2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Ed Jones has signed on to compete in IndyCar road and street course races in 2019 for Ed Carpenter Racing, the team announced Wednesday.

Jones replaces Jordan King at ECR, whose contract was not renewed for 2019.

“Joining Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa for the 2019 IndyCar Series is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of,” Jones said in a media release.

Jones will also drive a third car for ECR in the 2019 Indianapolis 500, making it 13 races of the 17-race IndyCar schedule that he’s due to compete in.

“Ed Carpenter Racing has shown amazing speed the last few years at the Indianapolis 500,” Jones said. “You can always expect the ECR cars to be at the front. I am really grateful for this chance and will do everything I can to make sure we, as a team, make the most of it.”

In addition, Las Vegas-based Scuderia Corsa will become a partner with ECR on Jones’ No. 20 Chevrolet (as well as the No. 64 Chevy he’ll drive in the Indy 500).

“Both ECR and Scuderia Corsa have been successful in their respective series and I feel the combination of forces will be greatly beneficial,” Jones said. “I’m extremely excited to get underway.”

Jones will yield driving duties in the No. 20 Chevy for four races to team owner Ed Carpenter on oval tracks, while Spencer Pigot returns as the team’s full-time driver in the No. 21 Chevrolet.

“I am very excited to welcome Ed Jones to the ECR family, as well as Scuderia Corsa and Giacomo (Scuderia Corsa co-founder Giacomo Mattioli),” Carpenter said. “I was very surprised when Ed became available at the end of the season. I look forward to working together to get ECR back in Victory Lane.”

The 23-year-old Jones, who hails from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, previously drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2018 (finished 13th in the final season standings) and Dale Coyne Racing in 2017 (finished 14th). He won the Indy Lights championship in 2016, as did new teammate Pigot in 2015.

During the 2018 season, Jones had two podium finishes (Long Beach and Belle Isle II) and eight top-10 finishes in the 17-race campaign.

Since forming in 2012, Scuderia Corsa has earned more than 100 wins over numerous racing platforms, primarily sports-car based. However, it made its first foray into IndyCar racing by backing Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and driver Oriol Servia’s effort in the 2018 Indy 500.

Jones began his new job with ECR immediately, watching new boss Carpenter take part today (Wednesday) in a closed Firestone tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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