Andretti Autosport joins Extreme E for inaugural season

Andretti Autosport is the latest team to confirm it will be entering the inaugural season of Extreme E, becoming the sixth team to join the series.

The American team, led by Michael Andretti has competed in various forms of motorsport with huge success, having won the Indy 500 on five occasions in addition to four Indycar championship titles.

The team is also competing in Formula E since its inception, and is currently running under the BMW banner and sits second in the Team standings.

Speaking about the announcement, Extreme E Founder and CEO Alejandro Agag said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Andretti Autosport, a true powerhouse in racing, as the latest team to join Extreme E.

“Andretti Autosport has achieved across multiple disciplines at the highest level of our sport over many years.

“The team has a real passion for motorsport, both as a driver of change and in promoting sustainable practices and technologies, making its decision to join Extreme E at this early stage, a natural one.

“Andretti Autosport has been fine tuning its expertise in electric racing as a founding Formula E outfit, and off-road as multiple rallycross title-winners.

“These experiences will be invaluable in making the jump into Extreme E.

“That said, the series is a unique prospect all of its own. The sporting challenge will be intense and the scope for innovation is far-reaching, and I for one am eager to see how the Andretti Autosport team adapts to its new test.”

Although all racing around the globe is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Andretti believes that this situation has highlighted the need for people to adapt to change and that the sustainability message that Extreme E is promoting is a great way to show that motorsport does have a place in the future.

“We remain dedicated to expanding and diversifying our team effort, in both traditional motorsport and with new, revolutionary racing concepts.” commented Andretti.

“I think that Extreme E is an exciting opportunity for the team as we continue to grow globally.

“The current COVID-19 crisis is bringing attention to a changing world, and our traditional mindsets have to adapt with that.

“We feel that announcing now can help bring hope for the future of motorsport and a new focus to the sustainability message.

“I believe the entire motorsport industry is going to emerge from this time stronger than ever, and I look forward to seeing our team join Extreme E to do our part in leaving an impactful legacy in each race location.”