American entrepreneur Jay Penske’s Formula E team Dragon Racing has today announced its signing of Jérôme d’Ambrosio to partner Mike Conway in the inaugural season of the electric single-seater championship.
The 28-year-old Belgian racing driver, who rose to prominence during his stints in Formula One with the Marussia and Lotus F1 teams, has often expressed his determination to race in Formula E. In the past, as covered by Formula Future, he had tested for Team China Racing and was vocal about his desire to race for the team.
However, it was rival squad Dragon Racing that eventually signed the Formula One ace.
Jay Penske, team owner and son of motorsport legend Roger Penske, enthused: “I am so pleased to have Jérôme pilot one of our two Dragon Racing entries. After watching Jérôme’s performances in F1, as well as the most recent Formula E test, I feel that the combination of Jérôme and our other drivers should prove to be a formidable force.”
The Dragon Racing team was originally launched under the Luczo Dragon Racing banner in 2006 and focused primarily on the US-based IndyCar Series, before turning its attention to Formula E in 2013. As such, it’s a racing team with a formidable heritage, which d’Ambrosio was glad to become part of, saying: “It is with great excitement that I will be at the wheel of the Dragon Racing entry in this historic first season of the FIA Formula E Championship.
“I have watched the Dragon Racing organisation closely over the last few months and feel that together we can achieve great results during this first season.”
The announcement means that Dragon Racing is now the eighth team to finalise its driver lineup, after having signed Mike Conway earlier this month. The only remaining teams are the still driverless Team China Racing and Andretti Autosport, which still has its second seat to fill.
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