Hartley picks up Formula E drive

After ending its fifth campaign in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in New York City in July, all-American team Geox Dragon racing has signed former Formula One driver and two-time World Endurance Car Champion Brendon Hartley as the first of its two drivers for the 2019/20 season.

Hartley is the only driver to be officially announced by the team for the 2019/20 season, with a second driver yet to be announced. He will contend the FE series alongside his World Endurance Championship drive with the Toyota GAZOO Racing LMP1 team.

“I’m happy to be taking on a new challenge in Formula E together with Geox Dragon racing,” said the Kiwi driver. “Formula E is totally different from any other race series I’ve been in, but I am hoping my experience in many categories with energy management will pay dividends and give me a head start as a rookie.”

“I’ve always been a fan of street tracks and Formula E has some of the wildest I’ve seen. That together with some of the best drivers and manufacturers in the world makes it an exciting place to be.

“I’ve already started working with most of the Geox Dragon team, and I have a strong feeling that we can share some good success together in the coming season,” he added.

“I am very pleased to have Brendon pilot one of our two entries in Season Six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship,” said owner of Geox Dragon & Penske Autosport.

“Brendon is a real racer. He has a unique combination of experience, intellect, and racecraft that will allow him to maximize the potential of the new Penske EV-4 powertrain.

“Most importantly, he shares our hunger, and our determination to take the fight to the incredible field of major manufacturers this season,” added the team boss.

In one of the most challenging seasons in the history of the all-electric race series, the Dragon outfit finished 10th in the teams’ standings with 44 points, with neither frontman Jose-Maria Lopez or rookie Maximilian Gunther making it onto the podium.

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