The Californian will make his debut this weekend with the Legacy Motor Club team and will replace Jimmie Johnson who will compete in the Daytona 500.
Extreme E has enjoyed significant media success. The electric SUV competition, the same one we had in Chile a few weeks ago, but which this year in its fourth season will not return to our country, has announced the presence of a new team on its grid.
It is none other than the Legacy Motor Club (LMC), the team of Jimmie Johnson, a true legend in the United States with seven Nascar series titles.
LMC. The team will compete for the first time outside its borders and will make its debut on February 17 and 18 at the Saudi Arabian X Prix. Of course, that day, the North American will not be able to make his debut – he will participate in the Daytona 500 – and will be replaced by his friend Travis Pastrana who will team up with Gray Leadbetter, 19, in the LMC ODYSSEY 21.
“The opportunity to field an off-road vehicle in the Extreme E Championship is exciting on many levels,” Johnson said in a statement, adding: “At our core, we represent the United States in this unique and highly competitive series. competitive and we are determined to rise to the challenge. I am excited to see our Legacy Motor Club colors race for the first time on foreign soil while I will be at Daytona for the Great American Race. I know that Travis and Gray will represent us good and I can’t wait to see what they accomplish.
Pastrana, an action sports star with seven championships in Supercross, Motocross and Rally, has been a friend of Johnson’s for years and will make his Extreme E debut.
“It all came together pretty quickly, but I’m very excited,” Pastrana said. “I have quite a bit of experience with electric vehicles, although I have never driven an Extreme E ODYSSEY 21 before. I do a lot of off-road events and some in the desert, mostly on two wheels, but it should be a lot of fun for us. I believe in Jimmie Johnson and Legacy MC and everything he does with the Club, so when he asked me it was a no-brainer,” the driver added.
Of her teammate, Pastrana said: “I’ve worked with Gray before and she’s very talented, so overall it’s a great opportunity for both of us to compete together in this championship series. “She is the most promising young talent in Nitrocross and she has the speed.”
As Pastrana notes, Leadbetter, 19, hails from Morganton, North Carolina and became the first woman to win a U.S. Pro class championship in the closed-course Championship Off-Road series, winning four races. He began competing in Arenacross at the age of 5.
“I’ve always been interested in Extreme E, but never found the right opportunity to step foot in it,” Leadbetter said, adding that “when Travis texted me last week to let me know Knowing that there might be an opportunity to race Jimmie Johnson and LEGACY MC, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’ve never driven these cars so it’ll definitely be an adventure, but I’ll be in great shape. company. “It’s a dream come true.”
For the Extreme E competition, the arrival of the North American team makes it possible to contain the departure which meant the farewell of Lewis Hamilton’s X44 and Chip Ganassi with the Hummer.
From the organization they showed their satisfaction for the new team. Alejandro Agag, founder and executive director of the competition, indicates that “It’s fantastic for Extreme E to welcome Jimmie Johnson and LEGACY MC to the championship. Jimmie’s credentials speak for themselves and we can’t wait to see him behind the wheel of the ODYSSEY 21. Jimmie is a proven winner and adds to our already healthy list of champions competing in the series. Competing in Extreme E with his own team is something he is passionate about, and it’s fantastic that Jimmie is also looking to the future and our transition to Extreme H, the first hydrogen-powered off-road racing series in the world next year.
Regarding the duo racing in Saudi Arabia, Agag said: “We are confident that for the desert “It’s great to have more American participation in the championship, especially with our first North American event ending the season in Phoenix , in Arizona.”