After a thrilling double header opening weekend in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia in November 2019, with Simon Evans and Sérgio Jimenez securing the first two wins of the season, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY returns for round three in Mexico City, Mexico. The race will commence on Saturday 15 February at 14:00 local time as the official support series to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Mario Dominguez, the former IndyCar driver, joins the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY as VIP Driver for Round Three in Mexico City on 15 February 2020. The Mexican racing driver made his IndyCar Championship Series debut in 2002 and became Rookie of the Year, with his first victory at the Indy 300. In 2008, Dominguez announced that he would enter the remainder of the 2008 IndyCar Series season with Pacific Coast Motorsports. A year later he was announced as the driver for K plus K Motorsport in the FIA GT Championship.
Takuma Aoki, former World Superbike and Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, join the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY racing for Team Yokohama Challenge. The Japanese racer will create history as the first disabled person to compete in an international electric race series.
Brazilian driver Adalberto Baptista has joined the series for ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil. The team has entered a third car alongside defending champion Sérgio Jimenez and the returning Cacá Bueno. Baptista competed in the 2015 Renault Sport Trophy, part of the World Series by Renault, for Oregon Team, alongside former Paris eTROPHY VIP Driver, Archie Hamilton, finishing P12 in the prestige class.
In 2018, Adalberto finished P2 in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brazil (4.0). Most recently he competed in the 2019 Porsche Império GT3 Cup Brazil (4.0).
Adalberto Baptista, Jaguar Brazil Racing driver said: “I am honored to join the ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil team alongside Sérgio and Cacá. They have shown how competitive and exciting the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series is, and I can’t wait to line up on the grid in Mexico City this week.”
David Cheng, the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY VIP driver in Sanya last season, and Mexican racing driver Manuel Cabrera, will be stepping in for Zhang Yaqi and Sun Chao, driving for Jaguar China Racing. Zhang and Chao are unfortunately unable to attend the Mexico City E-Prix due to flight limitations imposed by airlines due to the current Coronavirus outbreak.
Mark Turner, Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series Manager, said: “We are looking forward to racing again in Mexico City. It is great to see some new faces on the grid, including Adalberto Baptista, Takuma Aoki and Manuel Cabrera. The Mexico City crowds are extremely passionate so we hope they enjoy watching the series for the second time. I’d also like to extend a warm welcome to local VIP driver Mario Dominguez who will be joining us this weekend.”
Grid line up for Mexico City City:
|0||Cacá Bueno||ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil||PRO|
|1||Mario Domínguez||Jaguar VIP Car||Guest Driver|
|7||Alice Powell||Jaguar ran racing Team Germany||PRO|
|8||David Cheng||Jaguar China Racing||PRO-AM|
|9||Manuel Cabrera||Jaguar China Racing||PRO|
|10||Sérgio Jimenez||ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil||PRO|
|13||Fahad Algosaibi||Saudi Racing||PRO-AM|
|18||Adalberto Baptista||ZEG iCarros Jaguar Brazil||PRO-AM|
|24||Takuma Aoki||Team Yokohama Challenge||PRO|
|34||Mashhur Bal Hejaila||Saudi Racing||PRO-AM|
|99||Simon Evans||Team Asia New Zealand||PRO|