Alesi looking forward to new racing challenge
31 May 2007 – Former Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi is looking forward to race in the brand new 'Speedcar Series' - a new serie that will see its first season start in Dubai this November.
Jean Alesi entered just over 200 races in Formula 1 and won the Canadian Grand Prix in 1995. After thirteen seasons in Formula 1 he retired in 2001 as Jordan Honda driver. He then joined the DTM series where he was racing as a Mercedes driver. This winter though Alesi will face a new challenge. The 42-year-old will join the brand new 'Speedcar Series' - a Nascar-style idea for Asia.
Speaking about how this career move came Alesi explained: "I met Benoit Lamonerie and Luciano Secchi, the promoters of Speedcar, at last year's Italian Grand Prix. I knew them very well and I know that they are very concrete people. I immediately understood that they had the resources to organise a great series when they told me about the Nascar-style idea they had for Asia and the Middle East. It sounded exciting, and made me think of what I would like to do in the next stage of my racing career.
"Benoit and Luciano told me the idea was to have drivers at Formula 1 level racing against each other to deliver a great show. I thought this would be great, as it would make a special atmosphere and be very enjoyable, with many friends from F1 coming together to race again. It will also be a different experience to race in the winter, as many championships have already finished their seasons, which I think will attract many fans to Speedcar Series."
Alesi already completed many miles in the car. Speaking about the car that will be used in this new series he said: "I love the car, it is completely different to everything I have driven in the past. It has a lot of power, makes a great noise, and is fun because it doesn't have any aerodynamic aids like F1 or DTM. It's mechanically very well balanced, but you cannot take it to the limit easily, that requires a lot of skill. It is much more difficult to drive than a DTM car."