Chip Ganassi racing has signed Sara Price to drive their Extreme-E vehicles. Extreme-E is a radical new competition that will race in damaged climates around the world using technology. The race is expected to be televised by using drones and onboard cameras. The purpose of the series is to bring attention to climate change.
The vehicles are 550-HP Oddessy electric SUV’s. Drivers navigate a course on some of the toughest terrain on the planet via a virtual heads-up display inside the vehicle. Teams will be comprised of both a male and female co-driver. Each will complete a lap behind the wheel during the race.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me and something I’ve been working my whole career for,” said Sara 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. As a racer, that’s the type of owner you want to race for. He’s a former driver and I’m honored to represent the team while also becoming the first female driver for CGR and Extreme E. 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 will be the team’s first female driver in its 30-year history. Price has made a career for herself, starting on motorcycles at the age of 8. She quickly moved up the ranks, winning a medal in the X-Games. She made the switch to UTV’s, racing in dozens of different series. Most recently she drove a Trophy Truck Spec in the Baja 1000.