With the first dress rehearsal now complete and the inaugural race in Beijing now just a few weeks away, the last few seats are filling up fast for the FIA Formula E Championship as the China Racing team has announced its driver lineup.
Driving for the Chinese team will be Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Ho-Pin Tung, both experienced drivers who raced in GP2 and A1GP. Piquet may be the more recognizable name around the world, as the son of former world champion Nelson, Sr. has raced in everything from Formula One to NASCAR. He was forced out of the former during the Renault crashgate affair in which he was implicated for intentionally causing a crash on track in order to help his wingman under team orders. Nelsinho, as he's known, currently leads the Global RallyCross championship.
Tung, meanwhile, is undoubtedly the most prominent racing driver ever to emerge from China. In addition to A1GP and GP2, Tung has competed at Le Mans, Indy and the FIA GT1 World Championship. He'll be the only driver racing in front of a home audience at the Beijing race next month.
China Racing is also the only team thus far to have signed a reserve driver. Antonio Garcia is a three-time Le Mans class winner with the Corvette racing team and, like Tung, has tested in F1 as well. The announcement leaves only one race seat open, alongside Franck Montagny at Andretti Autosport.