FIA Formula E Championship
FIA Formula E Championship
Born: France, 4/25/90
58 Formula 1 starts with Scuderia Toro Rosso
Best Formula E finish: 2nd in Long Beach
Born: USA, 1/24/83
28 Formula 1 starts with Scuderia Toro Rosso
Best Formula E finish: 2nd in Miami
STEPPING ON THE LADDER
Europe is renowned for the breadth and
variety of its junior open-wheel series.
But it’s a scene that is becoming ever
more costly and complex to negotiate.
In contrast, the Mazda Road To Indy
presents a linear three-rung ladder to a
destination championship, the Verizon
IndyCar Series, which is why young
drivers such as Weiron Tan are becoming
increasingly drawn to the U.S. scene.
The 20-year-old Malaysian was signed
by the Caterham F1 Academy in 2011
and raced in UK Formula Renault in ’ 13,
before switching to the German ATS
Formel 3 Cup in ’ 14, winning both races
at Hockenheim’s double-header finale.
For 2015, Tan made the move to the
U.S., signing for Andretti Autosport’s
Pro Mazda program, the second rung
on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, and
becoming the first Malaysian to drive for
an open-wheel team in U.S. motorsports.
“I enjoyed racing in Europe,” he said,
“but I can’t wait to start the next chapter
of my career with Andretti Autosport.”
After two wins and three second
places in the pre-season Winterfest, Tan
took his first full championship win at
Barber in April and added an Indianapolis
Motor Speedway road course win, May 7.
relate to the way the series is run.
“You’ve got to find one guy who’s
going to run it for you, so you’ve got to
get someone you feel has the experience
in whatever type of racing you’re getting
into,” says Andretti. “That’s most
important. You’ve got to get that guy, and
then allow him to build around himself.”
The real kick to Andretti’s approach is
that by choosing the right battles and
remains ever tuned for new possibilities.
“Absolutely,” Andretti says. “We always
keep our options open, and we’re always
looking for new opportunities. If an
opportunity comes, we’re going to
evaluate it, and if it looks good, we’re
going to jump on it. That’s what we do.
There have been a lot of deals that went
right down to the wire, but in the end it
wasn’t exactly right and we bailed at the
last minute. We only want to do
something if it’s going to be right.”
Munoz in action at
the St. Pete IndyCar
(LEFT) The mid-race
Formula E car
change for Scott
Speed – just another
quirk to get used to.
installing the right generals at the helm,
the empire can keep growing. Andretti
himself doesn’t need to be in six places at
once to make it work. And so, the radar
(ABOVE) Andretti Autosport’s Weiron Tan
was fourth in Pro Mazda Presented by
Cooper Tires points as RACER went to press.
ONE TO WATCH: WEIRON TAN
“If an opportunity comes,
we’re going to evaluate it,
and if it looks good, we’re
going to jump on it”