Former Grand Prix driver Franck Montagny has signed up to contest the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship season with the Andretti Autosport stable, with whom he raced earlier in the month in the IndyCar Series’ Grand Prix of Indianapolis (pictured above).
The 36-year-old Frenchman had a seven-race stint with the Super Aguri team in 2006 before embarking on a successful switch to endurance racing. His association with the Andretti stable dates back to 2008, when he first drove for Andretti’s American Le Mans Series team.
“It is a great honour to be racing again with Andretti Autosport and Michael Andretti,” Montagny said of his appointment.
“I worked a great deal with the team in 2008 and 2009, and again this year, and working together on this new electric challenge will be exciting. I am convinced that this new fully-electric technology in the automotive industry will become a very important characteristic of our day to day lives in the future.
“This high-level racing competition will very quickly bring new technical developments just as Formula 1 did in the past for everyday automobiles.”
Montagny is the seventh driver confirmed to-date for the inaugural season, which runs over 2014/5, kicking off in September on the streets of Beijing.
Already confirmed on the grid are Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt in the Audi Sport Abt team, Jaime Alguersuari and Sam Bird for Virgin Racing, and Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok, who were announced in the Mahindra Racing team’s line-up earlier this week.
The identity of Montagy’s teammate is yet to be confirmed, but could theoretically be one of the Andretti IndyCar team’s full-time drivers given the compact nature of the IndyCar Series season, which finishes in August.
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