Official: Michael Andretti signs on to field Formula E team

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Andretti Autosport Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E Car - overhead front three-quarter view

The FIA’s Formula E World Championship is picking up steam. We reported earlier this week that the series had confirmed a ten-race calendar that would start in 2014 and bring the series to North and South America, Europe and Asia. We also mentioned that Formula E’s boss Alejandro Agag was in the process of recruiting teams for the new series, with a particular focus on the front runners of Formula One.

What we didn’t know was that Agag was also going after the cream of the crop in other open-wheel series, too. Now comes news that Andretti Autosport will be taking part in the inaugural season of the new championship. Michael Andretti’s outfit is the first American team to sign up for the championship, joining the United Kingdom’s Drayson Racing and China Racing (we’ll let you guess where that team calls home).

On the occasion of the announcement, Michael Andretti himself chimed in to say, “I look forward to further exploring the series and helping build the future of open-wheel racing across the world.” Agag is pleased to have an American team in the series, and hinted at further additions in the coming months saying,” “As well being the first team from the US, today’s announcement now means we have three teams from three different continents and we’re looking forward to announcing many more over the coming months.”

Andretti, Drayson, and China are set to fill just three of the ten spots for the series first season, so we can expect to hear a lot more as additional teams are confirmed for the 2014 season. A spec car, the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, will be the used by each team for the inaugural season.

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