Swede Joel Eriksson is in line to make his ABB FIA Formula E World Championship debut at the Puebla E-Prix, as the DRAGON / PENSE AUTOSPORT substitute driver steps in for Nico Mueller.
Mueller, who clinched the team's maiden Formula E podium in Valencia, is unavailable for the Puebla double-header as a result of DTM commitments, so Eriksson will make the step up from his newly-agreed role as DRAGON's reserve driver for the rest of Season 7.
“To race in Formula E has always been a dream since the championship started and to be given the chance finally feels kind of unreal,” said the 22-year-old.
"There’s a lot of work in front of us, but I have a great team behind me, so I know they will do all they can to make me as prepared as possible before arriving in Mexico.
“This time, it will be challenging as I only have limited mileage in this car. But, my main goal is to make the best out of it and gain as much experience as possible. I do believe that scoring points in the races is absolutely possible if I execute well. I will give it my all to achieve this goal.”
Eriksson took part in the Season 6 Rookie Test in Marrakesh with the team, and will make his competitive Formula E debut off the back of spells in European Formula 3 - where he was runner up to now-McLaren driver Lando Norris - two seasons in DTM with BMW and a campaign last year in ADAC GT Masters.
“I am pleased to welcome Joel back to the Team,” said team boss Jay Penske. “He is a valuable resource for the organisation and has tremendous potential to apply his racecraft to the unique demands of Formula E and deliver results for the team on track in Puebla and behind the scenes throughout the rest of the season. I look forward to our first race together.”