Bryan Sellers says he’s “extremely excited” to be a part of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY but is appreciative of the unique challenges he’ll face racing the electric car.
Sellers was announced on Tuesday as the second driver at Rahal Letterman Laningan Racing, currently the only team confirmed to enter the ABB FIA Formula E Championship support series.
It’s the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship regular’s first foray into electric racing but he’s looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead.
“I’ve known [Bobby Rahal] for quite a long time and always waited for an opportunity to get to be a part of his program, so when this came about, I was extremely excited to be a part of it,” he told e-racing365.
“I personally believe it will be something completely different to anything I’ve ever been a part of.
“I’m definitely not underestimating the challenge at hand because I think it will be something that will take time to learn about, to figure out how to do it the right way.
“You can see that in the Formula E stuff. I know it’s definitely a little bit different but you can obviously tell the guys that they’ve figured out the nuances of those cars and how to use the energy the right way to get the most out of the cars.
“The guys that seem to be able to do that excel massively. There is definitely something to the technique of driving the cars.”
The series’ debut round is expected to be at the Riyadh E-Prix on Dec. 15, but Sellers and teammate Katherine Legge will get their first taste of the I-PACE in a test next month.
“All the cars are being prepared under one canopy so the opportunities to test are pretty slim, unless it’s doing it as a whole,” he explained.
“They’re offering an introductory test that takes place at Silverstone on Sept. 24-27.
“That will be our first introduction to all of it, with seat fittings, the people that are involved, the cars themselves, and then actually driving a little bit.”
Sellers says he’s looking forward to partnering Legge at RLL, despite the pair currently duelling for the WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona title.
He currently holds a 12-points lead over Legge with two races remaining.
“It’s a little bit funny, I’m actually surprised there wasn’t a little bit more response about the two of us battling in IMSA right now!” he said.
“We have a good relationship, we’ve had a good relationship for a while. We’re friends and we get along well.
“Just because you’re battling each other for the championship and because you’re on separate programs doesn’t mean you can’t have a relationship outside of what’s on track.”