McLaren Retains Duo Gilmour-Foust for Extreme E Season 3

McLaren Retains Duo Gilmour-Foust for Extreme E Season 3
Emma Gilmour and Tanner Foust celebrate 2nd Position at the Energy X Prix. Uruguay. November 27, 2022. Photo Courtesy: Extreme E Media / Sam Bagnall.

The NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team has re-signed its drivers’ line-up, Emma Gilmour and Tanner Foust, for the upcoming off-road, all-electric Extreme E Season 3, the British outfit confirmed on Thursday.

NEOM McLaren Extreme E entered its first season in the innovative, purpose-driven racing series in 2022 with New Zealander Emma Gilmour and American Tanner Foust at the wheel of the McLaren XE Odyssey 21 electric SUV.

Ian James, Managing Director, NEOM McLaren Electric Racing & Team Principal, NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, said: “It’s great to be able to announce Emma and Tanner as our Extreme E driver pairing for next season.

“They have shown their pace, dedication, and drive during the team’s debut season and have been two driving forces in the team’s learning and development during that period.”

Next season, we are hoping to capitalize on the foundations we have put in place over the last year.

Having Emma and Tanner remain with the team will prove invaluable as we will aim to stay on that upward trajectory as the NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team.”

Together, the experienced pairing captured the first podium for the Woking-based squad at the Energy X Prix, Season 2 fifth and final round, staged last month in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

The team crossed the finish line in second place on a sunny Sunday afternoon in which Gilmour made history, becoming the first female driver to score a podium for the iconic brand.

I’ve had an incredible first season with McLaren in 2022. We’ve really grown as a team, and it was lovely to be rewarded with a podium finish in Uruguay!” she outlined.

I’m excited to be staying with McLaren for 2023 and can’t wait to get stuck into some new races while educating our audiences about the damaging effects of climate change.”

In 2023, the Dunedin born-driver will set off her second season with the team as a full-time driver. Before joining McLaren, the 43-year-old acted as a reserve driver for Veloce Racing, standing in for British driver Jamie Chadwick, who missed two events of the inaugural season.

Gilmour’s career highlights include winning the prestigious FIA Women in Motorsport and QMMF Cross Country Selection in 2015.

Moreover, a year later, she became the first woman to win a round of the New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC) at the Rally of Canterbury event.

Furthermore, she went on the distance to finish runner-up in the NZRC over three consecutive years, competing wheel to wheel with a top field.

For his part, Foust, who joined McLaren in 2022, is a four-time U.S. rallycross champion with a wealth of experience in world rallycross.

The two-time Formula Drift champion (2008, 2007) began his career on home soil, contesting a range of open-wheel racing competitions, from sports car racing, rallying, and the famous Baja.

In 2014, the charismatic, eclectic driver became the first American to win a round of the European Rallycross Championship, the World RX of Finland, a feat unmatched to this date.

In addition, he has added four X Games gold medals (2013, 2010, 2007) to his name.

It’s been awesome to be part of McLaren and Extreme E in 2022, and I’m thrilled to be racing again for the team in 2023!” Foust said.

It’s been so much fun to race in some exciting locations with Emma and the team while educating and inspiring sustainable action. I’m excited to see what 2023 holds.”

Next year, the series will continue to break ground in sports with its environmental purpose-driven concept, visiting new locations.

The pioneering racing platform combines high-level racing competition in remote locations of the planet at the hands of some of the best drivers in the world, promoting sustainability, and aiming to leave behind a positive impact through its legacy projects.

Another distinctive feature of Extreme E consists in promoting gender equality. Each team features a male and a female driver line-up.

The drivers will be back to action next March in Saudi Arabia, where the third season will start with the Desert X Prix.

In May, the series will visit Scotland for the first time in its history. The adventure continues in July on Italian soil. The Island X Prix held in Sardinia has been part of the Extreme E calendar since its inception.

Then in September, Extreme E will head to another new location - yet to be confirmed - to celebrate the fourth X Prix of the season in either the USA in North America or to visit remote parts of Brazil.

During the press conference held after Season 2 finale in Uruguay, Sports Pundit asked Foust about his thoughts on the possibility of racing in his country with the series.

In his own words: “I think Las Vegas would be a great venue; they have motorsport fever right now with the Formula One race scheduled for next year.

Las Vegas is surrounded by solar fields basically; it would be great to go racing that venue.

The final round of Season 3 will see Extreme E touch ground in Chile by December, returning to South America.

We have had two spectacular seasons of Extreme E so far, and the third promises to be even more thrilling,” remarked Alejandro Agag, CEO, and Founder of Extreme E, following the calendar announcement last November.

Adding: “All of us, here at Extreme E, are looking forward to revisiting some of the amazing race locations we have visited so far, and to build on the impacts we have made in those areas and further develop our vital legacy programs as we continue to raise awareness of the climate crisis.

It is also extremely exciting to potentially add a race in the USA or Brazil to our global championship. We cannot wait for the 2023 campaign to begin as the race for the planet continues.”

Cecilia demartini
Sports Pundit staff writer @ceci_2812
Cecilia is a writer and journalist, passionate about motorsport and tennis.Her articles are published in newspapers and international online publications.

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