Super Street Network

 |   |   |  Lotus and Jean Alesi Return to Indy 500 - Web Exclusive
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Lotus and Jean Alesi Return to Indy 500 - Web Exclusive

F1 driver Jean Alesi will return to competitive racing with Group Lotus at the 96th Indy 500.

Greg Emmerson
Sep 23, 2011

Despite his considerable experience, Jean has never before taken on competitive oval racing. Following a 12 year stint in F1 from 1989 to 2001, Alesi moved onto DTM racing and then last year made his most recent competitive race appearance in the Le Mans Series. In January 2011 he joined Group Lotus as a brand ambassador and development consultant on the F1 customer race car, the T125. Although never straying far from the race track, the Indy 500 and oval racing represent completely new challenges for Jean.

Eurp 1109 02+jean alesi takes on indy 500+close up Photo 2/2   |   Lotus and Jean Alesi Return to Indy 500 - Web Exclusive

Commenting on the announcement Jean Alesi said: “I’m thrilled that Lotus has given me the opportunity to compete in such a world famous race. It’s going to be a very special experience for me but I also know that I have a lot of hard work ahead. I’m very focused on the task I’m facing – I’m taking my training very seriously, I have some amazing support on this front from a ‘comeback’ expert and of course I will be testing extensively. I’m really excited about the race.”

Jean’s development role with Group Lotus will stand him in good stead as he prepares for his new challenge as he will be competing in a Lotus powered by the new Lotus IndyCar engine. Development of the 2.2l twin turbo V6 is going to schedule with the first engine fire up set for mid October and track testing planned December.

Group Lotus Director of Corporate Operations Gino Rosato said: “IndyCar racing represents a really important element of our overall motorsport program. The Indy 500 is the highlight of the race calendar, the atmosphere is always incredible and having Jean racing for us there will make it extra special.”

By Greg Emmerson
1078 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

Flogging around the track to see if BMW and M have found their way back to driver focused cars.
Shane O'DonoghueMay 22, 2017
The latest chapter in the nine-year process of turning an ordinary station wagon into a competition-spec drift car.
Alex GrantMay 22, 2017
Volkswagen unveiled its enthusiast show fleet for 2017 in Savannah, Georgia this weekend. The wild concepts will travel the summer show circuit.
Ed TahaneyMay 22, 2017
Preview the 2017 Super Street Honda issue!
Bob HernandezMay 19, 2017
In honor of the original Golf GTI that debuted four decades ago, VW is spreading the GTI love to a new model.
Kelly PleskotMay 19, 2017
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP