Joel Eriksson has been appointed an official Test and Reserve Driver for GEOX DRAGON in the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship, and is set to make his on-track debut with the team in the up-coming rookie test in Marrakesh next week.
Eriksson will perform testing and simulator duties alongside GEOX DRAGON race drivers Brendon Hartley and Nico Müller throughout the remainder of the on-going 2019-20 Formula E season, joining one of the original founding teams of the ground-breaking series.
21-year-old Eriksson, who has recently completed two years of racing in the DTM, will take to the wheel of GEOX DRAGON’s bespoke Penske EV-4 racer for the first time at the imminent in-season rookie test in Marrakesh, Morocco, on March 1.
The Marrakesh test will mark Eriksson’s second-ever official Formula E outing, the Swede having previously attended the same test back in 2018.
“I am thrilled to get the opportunity to drive a Formula E car again, this time in the Penske EV-4,” says Joel Eriksson. “The technology has come a long way in these two years, and the current Gen 2 cars are incredible. Formula E is growing every day and has a very different approach compared with other racing series, but that’s why it’s such a great challenge. I’m very excited for the Marrakesh test and the rest of the season with GEOX DRAGON.”
One of the fastest-growing platforms in global motorsport, Formula E is set to become an official FIA World Championship next season. The all-electric series races predominantly at street circuits across the globe, taking in events in landmark cities such as Rome, Paris, New York and London.
GEOX DRAGON was founded in 2007 by Jay Penske. After initially racing in America’s IndyCar series, the squad joined Formula E from the very beginning in 2014 and has remained committed to the series ever since.
The team is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, although its racing operations are run out of Silverstone in the UK.
“It is critical to have top drivers to maximize the impact of our investments in our facilities, simulation tools, and personnel at both our LA headquarters and Silverstone race shop,” says GEOX DRAGON Owner and Team Principal, Jay Penske. “I am pleased with the work Joel has already done in this regard as he is both a rapid and technically effective young racer. I look forward to his test in Marrakesh, and I expect him to continue to provide valuable feedback on the development of this season’s race package.”
The rookie test on March 1 will follow just a day after round five of the 2019-20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the Marrakesh E-Prix, which takes place at the same Moulay El Hassan circuit. Joel Eriksson will attend the race as part of his preparations for the test and in order to support the race team.
Further announcements relating to Joel Eriksson’s 2020 racing programmes will be made shortly.
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