Tanner Foust, McLaren Racing added to Extreme E lineup in 2022

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The Extreme E Series will have even more star power in 2022 after the announcement that McLaren Racing and Tanner Foust will join the lineup for their sophomore season.

Foust has already made a name for himself on the extreme edge of auto sports, including as the four-time and current Rallycross champion with four X Games gold medals to his credit. He also has two Formula Drift championships under his belt.

From 2007 through 2019 he either medaled or won a championship in seven of 13 seasons, including two years when he doubled down and earned two. Foust was the 2010 Rallycross and X Games champion. In 2007, he won the X Games and was the Formula Drift champion. He is the most recent 2019 Rallycross champion.

“We are thrilled that Tanner has joined the McLaren Racing family of drivers,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown in a release. “He is a top-class, off-road competitor with a wealth of experience and a winning record. Alongside his driving prowess he’s a fantastic personality, who will help us connect with new fans around the world and bring the purpose and important messages of Extreme E to the fore.”

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In addition to his off-road and rally success, Foust has raced sports cars, participated in the Pike Peak Hill Climb and raced in the challenging conditions of the famous Baja Rally. Foust was part of the USA team in the Race of Champions three times from 2008 through 2010.

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In addition to his racing credits, Tanner Foust has appeared on Hell’s Kitchen and as a host of Top  Gear and as a stuntman. (Photo by FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)

Foust also competes in ice racing and has a degree in molecular biology.

“To be able to race for McLaren is every driver’s dream and the opportunity to compete for the team in this innovative and imaginative racing series makes it even more special,” Foust said. “The concept is unique and the challenge compelling. It will enable me to draw on all my experience and skills, while being part of a positive cause addressing key issues for our planet and society.”

McLaren Racing joins a long list of marquee teams and owners in the Extreme E Series, that includes Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Andretti Autosport and Chip Ganassi Racing.

McLaren Racing will name Tanner’s teammate at a later time and when that happens, she will become the first female driver in the organization’s history.

With two rounds in the books and after being forced to cancel both events in South America because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Extreme E Series will get back in action in Greenland on August 28 for the Arctic Xprix.

Each Extreme E race not only highlights racing competition, but brings focus to an environmental issue that has been accelerated by global warning. For the Arctic Xprix, the climate crisis includes glacial retreat and ice melt leading to sea level rise with three times the warming rate of the rest of the planet.

SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals


In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.