Did you know... that Neel won the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours with Porsche?
Neel Jani joins the Faraday Future Dragon Racing team in Season 4 of the FIA Formula E Championship, driving alongside teammate Jérôme D’Ambrosio in the number 6 PENSKE EV-2 powered by Faraday Future.
Neel’s career was launched in 1996, at the tender age of 12, when his father enlisted the rambunctious young boy into karting’s mini class. Over the next four years, the young talent quickly advanced through the ranks, impressing many with his natural talent and picking up many race wins along the way. Soon after, he advanced to single-seaters, becoming Swiss Champion of Formula Lista Junior in his rookie year, winning 8 races with 4 additional podiums. He progressed and contested in the Formula Renault 2000 and V6 Eurocup, as well as the GP2 series, before being named as test and third driver for the F1 Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The Swiss also competed for A1 Team Switzerland in A1 Grand Prix, helping the team capture the 2007-2008 title and finishing runner-up in 2005-2006 and 2008-2009. In 2007, he raced for PKV Racing in the North American Champ Car series, collecting 3 podiums and numerous top ten’s in his rookie season.
In 2010, Neel completed his first full season in LMP1 endurance racing where he teamed up with Nicolas Prost and Rebellion Racing in the European Le Mans Series, achieving 2 Podiums and a 3rd place finish in the championship. Alongside his full-time sports car ride, Neel continued to honor his commitments with Red Bull Racing, completing simulator and aero testing for the F1 team. In this testing capacity, Neel completed an aero test in Spain – trying out the newly developed F-duct, and successfully assisted the team in Milton Keynes, with real-time simulator laps on different set-ups to assisting Red Bull drivers Vettel and Webber to qualify P1 and P2 at the Melbourne GP 2010.
Continuing on the momentum of the previous years, 2012 proved to be Neel’s most successful season in sportscars. Neel claimed his first sportscar win at Petit Le Mans and beat Audi to take the overall 4th place finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans along with best petrol car honors for the second year in a row.
The 2014 season marked Porsche’s return to the top tier of motorsport and Neel’s first year as a Porsche factory driver. He took victory at the 2016 Le Mans 24 hours and as World Champion of the FIA World Endurance with Porsche Motorsport.