Gil de Ferran, a two-time IndyCar National Champion and Indianapolis 500 race winner, has joined the FIA Formula E Championship as an Official Ambassador.
Debuting in September 2014, Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric racing Championship competing in city-center circuits worldwide.
The 45-year-old Brazilian, who boasts more than two decades of top-level motorsports experience gained both on and off the track in Formula 1, IndyCar and the American Le Mans Series, will act as an advisor to the new Championship, focusing on further enhancing the race format.
In addition, de Ferran will also be an official spokesman for Formula E, particularly in North America, where interest in the series remains high following the recent announcement that leading IndyCar outfit Andretti Autosport will field a two-car team.
Residing in the US for nearly two decades, de Ferran began racing in 1980 in his native Brazil, quickly establishing himself as a leading driver by winning the British Formula 3 Championship before becoming the fourth driver ever to win consecutive titles (2000 and 2001) in the US-based IndyCar Series and going on to win the 2003 Indianapolis 500.
Adding to his diverse motorsports résumé, post-retirement de Ferran became Honda Racing F1 Team Sporting Director and also contributes as an ABC/ESPN expert on-air analyst for IndyCar. He subsequently founded his own team—De Ferran Motorsports—which he ran and helped develop the innovative ACURA ARX2a.
For more, visit www.fiaformulae.com.