Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Round 7 of 10 in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series
Monaco E-Prix – Monaco
NEWS & NOTES:
DATE: Saturday, May 11, 2019
QUALIFYING BROADCAST: Streamed live on Jaguar Racing’s Facebook page at 1:45-2:15 p.m. local time on
Saturday, May 11 (7:45–8:15 a.m. ET)
RACE BROADCAST: Streamed live on Jaguar Racing’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. local time on Saturday,
May 11 (12 p.m. ET).
TRACK LAYOUT: 1.765 km, 12-turn street course
RACE LENGTH: 25 minutes + 1 lap
KATHERINE LEGGE’S BEST SERIES START/FINISH: Won Round 2 in Mexico City from pole. Led every lap to become the first female to win
on an ABB Formula E weekend.
BRYAN SELLERS’ BEST SERIES START/FINISH: Won Round 6 in Paris from pole / 1st in Hong Kong to become the first American to win
on an ABB Formula E weekend, 1st in Paris
RLL’S BEST START/ FINISH IN SERIES: 1st – Mexico City (Legge), Paris (Sellers) / 1st – Mexico City (Legge), Hong Kong & Paris
NOTES & QUOTES:
FIRST RACE IN MONACO FOR RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING
Round 7 of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY will mark the team’s first race in the Principality of Monaco. The race takes place around the iconic streets of Monaco. The team’s two-car I-PACE program for drivers Katherine Legge and Bryan Sellers compliments long standing programs in the IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. All three programs have won events this season. The Jaguar I-PACE program has won three of the six rounds to date including consecutive 1-2 finishes in Rounds 2 and 3 with wins by Legge in Mexico City and Sellers in Hong Kong and a win by Bryan Sellers from pole in Paris to become the first repeat winner in series history. Five different drivers have won with Simon Evans having won in Saudi Arabia, Caca Bueno in Sanya and Sergio Jimenez in Rome.
KATHERINE AND BRYAN RECAP PARIS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE SEASON
“Paris was another great Formula E event but Mother Nature has not been good to us! I was making my way through the field after a disappointing qualifying when I was taken out by another car. This is racing and these things happen but now it’s put us in a tough spot championship-points wise. I have to go for it now!”
“Paris was a difficult weekend with a lot of changing conditions,” added Sellers. “I actually struggled in free practice one to find pace which made the threat of changing conditions that much more difficult. Saturday morning, the track was damp with drying conditions and after a lot of work away from the track and set up changes, we were able to put together the best lap of the weekend when it mattered. The race was again variable conditions with the sun out at the line. But shortly after the green flew the skies opened. The conditions in the race were difficult, but I was fortunate enough to be in the lead and able to manage my pace through the conditions and come home with the win.”
SELLERS AND LEGGE ARE 1ST AND 4TH IN SERIES POINT STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 6 OF 10
Bryan Sellers leads the series standings with 82 points. Sergio Jimenez is second with 77 and Simon Evans is third with 68 points. Katherine Legge is fourth with 62. Five different drivers have won the five races to date with Sellers being the only repeat winner so far.
BRYAN ON BECOMING THE FIRST REPEAT WINNER IN THE SERIES IN PARIS
“Becoming the first repeat winner is great because that’s what we go to do every race. For me, it was my first pole position and I wanted to show that I could win a race from the front and deliver a result. I’m happy to be in the championship fight but with four races left there are still so many points up for grabs that it’s silly to worry about. But being in contention is the big goal, and we are there.”
KATHERINE AND BRYAN ON THE TIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP AND KEY TO AN EVENT
“Qualifying is everything because it’s so hard to pass with the cars being equal and the equipment being so close. I think that consistency and qualifying will win the championship. There are a handful of world class, very fast drivers and it’s not going to be easy.”
“The championship is tight because the level of competition in the series is so high,” added Sellers. “The lap times in every session are indicative of that. Qualifying has been the most important part of the weekend as it seems to set the tone for the race. It is so difficult to pass.”
KATHERINE AND BRYAN ON RACING IN HISTORIC MONACO
“I have never been to Monaco so I’m super excited for this one,” said Legge. “Winning at Monaco has been a dream of mine since I was 9 years old! It looks like another tricky, unique Formula E course that I’m looking forward to driving.”
“I have never been to Monaco, but as a competitor and racing fan it’s an event I’ve been looking forward to going to for a long time,” added Sellers. “But to be able to go and be a competitor is pretty special. The track seems very different from anything we’ve been to up to this point. The weekend is very short, so it puts a premium on learning the track quickly.”
ABOUT THE SERIES
The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY is the official support race to ABB FIA Formula E from season five onwards. The championship, a world first, will take place over 10 rounds in nine global cities, with up to 20 entrants competing for a prize fund in excess of £500,000. After becoming the first premium manufacturer to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in 2016, Jaguar has now created the world’s first production battery electric vehicle race series – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY. The history-making championship is the official support race to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, with up to 20 cars taking to the grid from season five onwards. The series supports the launch of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar’s first battery electric vehicle, and reinforces Jaguar Land Rover’s future electrification strategy, commitment to electric street racing and ‘Race to Innovate’ mission.