GEOX DRAGON is pleased to announce the first of its two drivers, with the signing of double FIA WEC World Champion, and former Formula 1 Driver, Brendon Hartley, ahead of Season Six of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Hartley’s rookie season in Formula E follows on the heels of a successful run in top tier hybrid powered race cars, including Formula 1 and the LMP1 category of Sportscar racing, where he won two WEC Championships, and scored twelve wins including a 24 Hours of Le Mans outright victory in 2017.
The Kiwi ace is renowned for his technical skillset and will bring his extensive experience developing and competing with electrified powertrains to bear the ongoing development of the latest PENSKE AUTOSPORT powertrain. Hartley will feature prominently in the American manufacturer’s ongoing development work throughout the rest of this summer, before making his race debut behind the wheel of the Penske EV-4 with the Los Angeles based Squad this November in Riyadh.
On joining the American Privateer Team, Brendon commented that “‘I’m happy to be taking on a new challenge in Formula E together with GEOX DRAGON racing. Formula E is totally different from any other race series I’ve been in, but I am hoping my experience in many categories with energy management will pay dividends and give me a head start as a rookie.”
The Kiwi added that “I’ve always been a fan of street tracks and FE has some of the wildest I’ve seen. That together with some of the best drivers and manufacturers in the world makes it an exciting place to be. I’ve already started working with most of the GEOX DRAGON team, and I have a strong feeling that we can share some good success together in the coming season.”
Jay Penske, owner of GEOX DRAGON & PENSKE AUTOSPORT, added that “I am very pleased to have Brendon pilot one of our two entries in Season 6 of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Brendon is a real racer. He has a unique combination of experience, intellect, and racecraft that will allow him to maximize the potential of the new Penske EV-4 powertrain. Most importantly, he shares our hunger, and our determination to take the fight to the incredible field of major manufacturers this season.”