16 - 17 Jun 2001: Stefan Johansson, Tom Coronel and Patrick Lemarie drive the Team Johansson Motorsport Audi car #4 during the Le Mans 24 Hour Race at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Mandatory Credit: Ker Robertson /Allsport

Born and raised in the heart of American racing, Indianapolis, Stephen Cox has been recruited to race in the all new Electric GT Championship in 2017.

With a number of race wins and championship titles across several disciplines already to his credit, Cox is also the CEO of Sopwtih Motorsport Television Productions, which provides motorsport programming from a number of national networks including NBC, Discovery and Fox Sports. He has also written several books and hosts numerous motorsports-related TV shows.

"It's an honour to be invited to drive with a major international sports car series. The motor racing landscape is changing rapidly and Electric GT is at the front of the pack. They are bridging the gap between traditional motor racing and the future of the sport. The series’ leadership is strong and forward thinking. That’s what drew my attention in the first place,” he said.

"I was badly injured in an on-board racing fire last season. As a burn survivor, I'm really attracted to the concept of a racing car that does not rely on liquid fuels. The safety aspect of electric racing is tremendously important to me and a big step forward for the industry.”

"I really appreciate Mark Gemmell and Agustin Paya bringing me on board, and want to witness the changes EGT brings to motorsport first hand. I’d like to help bring the series across the ocean and tap into the American market. I'm anxious to represent my personal sponsors, Impact Racing and Boschett Timepieces, internationally. This is an exciting time to be a racing driver." 

On 12-15 January, the EGT Championship will be presented at the world-famous Autosport International and will be on show in the Live Action Arena. It will consist of 20 international drivers, both male and female, racing for 10 professional teams in identical Tesla Model S machines equipped with the latest OMP safety equipment and running on bespoke Pirelli tyres. EGT will visit seven classic European circuits in its inaugural season, including Paul Ricard, Barcelona, Assen, Estoril and the Nürburgring, before staging three non-championship races in the Americas.