Sara Price is the first driver to be confirmed for Extreme E and will race for the Chip Ganassi Racing team in its inaugural season.
Extreme E, an electric off-road SUV racing series, faces its inaugural season next year, with every car/team set to have one female driver and one male driver.
Sara Price is the first of the driver lineups that are expected to be announced soon ahead of the inaugural season in 2021.
The 27-year-old Californian began her career on dirt bikes at the age of eight, and is now a 19-time national champion in that discipline.
Price made her name in the motocross discipline after becoming the first ever factory supported female racer under Monster Energy Kawasaki and exploring the discipline through four wheels in 2012.
In 2010, she earned an X-Games medal and is one of the most successful female amateurs to have competed in the event.
More recently, she had been competing in off-road desert racing in a Trophy Truck, and working as a stunt professional.
Sara Price, Extreme E Driver, Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) said: “This is a tremendous opportunity for me and something I’ve been working my whole career for.
“When you think of the name Chip Ganassi, you immediately think about winning. It’s a team I’ve long admired whether it be in Indycar, NASCAR, sports cars or rallycross.
“Chip’s teams define winning. As a racer, that’s the type of owner you want to race for.
“He’s a former driver and I’m honored to represent the team while also becoming the first female driver for CGR and Extreme E.
“The 2021 season seems far away but there is much to be done to get ready in a new form of racing and for the challenges the series presents.
“It’s a very exciting time not only for myself, but for this championship and the climate and environmental issues it intends to bring attention to.”
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Sara Price to Extreme E.
“As a driver she has already achieved so much and with the support of an incredible team like Chip Ganassi Racing I’m sure she will be a force to be reckoned with behind the wheel.
“This is a great milestone as Extreme E now has its first confirmed driver.
“Chip Ganassi Racing has certainly set the bar high with Sara and we look forward to welcoming the rest of our competitor field over the coming weeks.”
Mike Hull, Managing Director at Chip Ganassi Racing: “Today’s announcement of Sara Price as a Chip Ganassi Racing driver is significant.
“Yes, she is a female, but first, Sara is an accomplished race driver.
“She has proven herself in the all-terrain arena on two and four wheels from a young age. Her next step represents her craft globally with several firsts.
“She makes Chip Ganassi Racing the first to unveil an Extreme E driver; the first female in the series; and, the first female driver in our team’s 30-year history.
“The series promotes a world’s-first gender equality platform.
“The teams will each have a male driver counterpart who swaps the driving chore in the same race car ‘at the turn’ by driving head-to-head in multiple heat races to get into the final.
“Our drivers will unselfishly share in support of each other to get it done on-track and off-track.
“Equal teammates have always defined Chip Ganassi Racing’s culture.
“Extreme E is about innovation through engagement. Its message to preserve the environment and protect the planet will create social awareness.
“To be a part of what the future holds in partnership is a very positive step.
“Our entire team is excited to have such a quality person in Sara to help stimulate team growth.”