McLaren Extreme E team signs Tanner Foust for 2022

McLaren Extreme E team driver Tanner Foust.
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The new McLaren Extreme E team will be headed up by world rallycross star Tanner Foust when it makes its debut in the all-electric SUV off-roading championship next year.

A four-time and current US rallycross champion, Foust also has four X Games gold medals and two Formula Drift championships under his belt. As well as being a professional stunt driver, he is perhaps best known internationally as a host on the US version of Top Gear.

โ€œWe are thrilled that Tanner has joined the McLaren Racing family of drivers," commented CEO Zak Brown. "He is a top-class off-road competitor with a wealth of experience and a winning record.

"Alongside his driving prowess heโ€™s a fantastic personality, who will help us connect with new fans around the world and bring the purpose and important messages of Extreme E to the fore.

โ€œWeโ€™re looking forward to announcing Tannerโ€™s team-mate and our first female McLaren driver to complete our exciting line-up," Brown added.

โ€œTo be able to race for McLaren is every driverโ€™s dream," said the 48-year-old from Los Angeles, California.

"The opportunity to compete for the team in this innovative and imaginative racing series makes it even more special," he continued.

"The [Extreme E] concept is unique and the challenge compelling. It will enable me to draw on all my experience and skills, while being part of a positive cause addressing key issues for our planet and society.โ€

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McLaren confirmed its entry into the new Extreme E championship in June, which aims to use racing to promote sustainability and diversity around the globe. Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button all entered teams in the inaugural season.

โ€œFrom the moment Extreme E was announced we have been following the progress of the series closely," Brown said. โ€œFrom the outset, McLaren has always been at the forefront and never afraid to push new boundaries.

"Formula 1 will always remain at the centre of our world," he insisted. "[But] like IndyCar and eSports, our entry into Extreme E is additive to the McLaren Racing franchise and will complement and help support all our programmes.

"We will be competing against big names weโ€™re very familiar with from F1 and IndyCar but, like all series we compete in, the competition objective is clear: we are there to win.โ€

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