Toronto native Devlin DeFrancesco was born 15 weeks premature with a minimal chance of surviving infancy. But this year, following a successful performance at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the white-hot rookie IndyCar driver is ready to make major career waves at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Vancouver startup Damon Motors announced this week that it will be sponsoring fellow Canadian DeFrancesco for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season.
“Devlin shares the bold and unstoppable fighting spirit we have infused into our motorcycles,” said Jay Giraud, CEO of Damon Motors. “It’s an honour to back him as he represents a new generation of high-performance race car drivers.”
The 21-year-old DeFrancesco will pilot the No. 29 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport as electric vehicle racing continues to gain popularity in North America. Ex-Formula 1 racers Romain Grosjean and Alexander Rossi will join the Andretti squad.
“We’re proud to have our name on the No. 29 car alongside other innovative green-tech leaders, and support Devlin as he makes his mark on the IndyCar circuit and the world,” added Giraud, whose company is building a range of modern electric motorcycles.
DeFrancesco placed second in the 2020 INDY PRO 2000 Championship and was named 2020 “Rookie of the Year.”
Damon’s working contribution to the EV world is the HyperSport, which it believes “has reimagined the relationship between bike and rider—erasing the divide to make them one.” It is an impressive-looking motorcycle powered by Damon’s proprietary electric powertrain, HyperDrive.