Panasonic Jaguar Racing Driver Mitch Evans Prepares for Upcoming Formula E Race by Driving Around New York City

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Evans got ready for his next Formula E race by zooming around The Big Apple in a custom-wrapped Jaguar F-TYPE.

Until recently, New Zealander Mitch Evans had never been to New York City before. That had to change. He has a big FIA Formula E Championship race there coming up soon, so he had to get familiar with the area before he races through it as part of the Panasonic Jaguar Racing team. How did he prepare himself?

By driving through NYC in a Jaguar, of course.

Jaguar wrapped his F-TYPE SVR research vehicle in the Panasonic Jaguar Racing livery. July 15-16, Evans (and teammate Adam Carroll) will pilot a Jaguar I-TYPE electric race car covered in the same graphics through a 1.21-mile course around NYC’s Pier 11 and the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal as part of the Qualcomm New York City ePrix. If he looks quickly, he’ll be able to catch glimpses of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty in the distance. (Unfortunately, his helmet won’t allow him to eat a big, delicious slice of New York pizza at the same time.) He’d better make his visits count – and not just for his team. This month’s Formula E race is the only one scheduled in the U.S. for the entire season.

“As a native New Zealander I have never visited, let alone driven in, New York City before, so the announcement that Formula E would race here was particularly exciting for me,” Evans said. “I am thrilled to be part of the Jaguar brand’s electric future and return to motorsport. I am incredibly honored to race in one of the most iconic cities in the world.”

Following June’s race in Berlin, Panasonic Jaguar Racing is in ninth place with 0 wins and 20 Formula E Championship points, right behind Venturi Formula E with no victories and 21 points.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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