- Andretti Autosport has signed up with the new electric-car Formula E Championship.
- Andretti Autosport is the first U.S. team to commit to Formula E.
- The FIA-sanctioned series is set to launch in 2014.
INDIANAPOLIS — Andretti Autosport announced on Wednesday that it will field an entry in the new FIA Formula E championship.
Formula E will feature electric-powered open-wheel single-seaters and is slated to launch next season. The Andretti team is the third team to commit to the series and the first American entry.
"It's an honor for Andretti Autosport to have been selected as one of the 10 founding Formula E teams for the inaugural season," said Michael Andretti, team president and CEO, in a statement. "I look forward to further exploring the series and helping build the future of open-wheel racing across the world."
Andretti was an accomplished driver in IndyCar and had a venture in Formula 1 with McLaren in 1993. His father is Mario Andretti, the 1969 Indianapolis 500 and 1978 F1 champion.
Andretti Autosport is active in the Izod IndyCar Series, with four championship titles and two Indy 500 victories.
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Andretti Autosport to the series; a team with an incredible racing pedigree and track record who I have no doubt is going to make a big contribution to the FIA Formula E Championship," said Alejandro Agag, CEO of series promoters Formula E Holdings, in a statement.
Other teams that have signed up for Formula E include Drayson Racing of Great Britain and China Racing.
Two races in the U.S. are on the provisional calendar for Formula E's inaugural season, in Los Angeles and Miami.
Formula E Holdings, commercial rights holder of the series, like Formula 1 is owned by the Paris-based international auto club, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).
Teams will use a spec racing car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E machine, built by French-based company Spark Racing Technology, in collaboration with Formula 1 participants McLaren, Williams and Renault and chassis builder Dallara. Michelin will be the tire supplier.
Edmunds says: The Andretti team is easily the most prominent name among the early entrants and adds considerable credibility to the revolutionary new series.