By Jason Stilgebouer
Off-road racing has gone electric, and some of our favorite drivers featured here at Race-Dezert will be racing in the upcoming series. SCORE Trophy Truck Spec Champion Sara Price and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) Champion Kyle LeDuc. They have joined the legendary team known for Indy Car and NASCAR, Chip Ganassi Racing to race in the all-new electric off road series in 2021, Extreme E, a race for the planet.
Extreme E consists of racing electric off-road SUVs known as the Odyssey 21, a 550-horsepower all-wheel drive monster to race in extreme environments around the world that have been damaged or affected by climate and environmental issues.
Extreme E was founded by Alejandro Agag, who also founded the Formula E open-wheel series, a series that has seen great success. The series was built out of their founding three pillars – electrification, environment, and equality. This is the first-ever motorsport to require each team to include both a male and female driver to share driving responsibilities.
Kyle LeDuc, The 38-year-old has to his name 101 victories and six Pro-4 championships in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).
“I am beyond excited to announce that I will be driving in the Extreme E series for Chip Ganassi Racing. Not only do I get to drive these fully electric 4-wheel drive cars around the world, but I get to do it for the man himself, the biggest team in motorsports, Chip Ganassi Racing.” LeDuc said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to working with my teammate, Sara Price. Some of the unprecedented features of this new series will be splitting these races 50/50 and racing worldwide in climate-affected areas.”
Sara Price, the 28-year-old, has raced about anything with wheels and has made quite the journey from two wheels to four wheels, racing motocross and claiming an X-games medal to claiming Baja Championships and even racing Stadium Super Trucks.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me and something I’ve been working my whole career for,” Said Price. “When you think of the name Chip Ganassi, you immediately think about winning. It’s a team I’ve long admired, whether it be in IndyCar, NASCAR, sports cars or rallycross. Chip’s teams define winning.”
“The 2021 season seems far away but there is much to be done to get ready in a new form of racing and for the challenges the series presents. It’s a very exciting time not only for myself, but for this championship and the climate and environmental issues it intends to bring attention to.” Price said.
Interestingly enough, Sara and Kyle are the only American drivers that have been announced. However, not all the teams have officially confirmed their drivers. Sara and Kyle are the only drivers who have experience in off-road racing. In comparison, most of the other drivers announced have backgrounds in Rally Racing, F1, and Indy Car. Will this experience in off-road racing be of advantage to them in this new series? No one knows for sure, it is only speculation, and only time will tell.
Extreme E has also announced the schedule for the races. And has since been recognized by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, (FIA), the governing body for many international sporting events. Extreme E has been granted International FIA Series status.
2021 Extreme E Schedule
Desert X Prix: Al Ula, Saudi Arabia; March 20-21
Ocean X Prix: Lac Rose, Senegal; May, 29-30
Arctic X Prix: Kangerlussusaq, Greenland; August 28-29
Amazon X Prix: Para, Brazil; October 23-24, 2021
Glacier X Prix: Patagonia, Argentina; December, 11-12