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Montagny Tests Positive for Cocaine

Future unclear for Franck Montagny after suspension on drug charges…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Sports car racing and open-wheel ace Franck Montagny has been suspended by the FIA after testing positive for a derivative of cocaine following November’s Formula E race in Malaysia.

The 36-year-old Frenchman, a former Peugeot factory driver, had taken part in the opening two Formula E race with Andretti Autosport but had missed the most recent round, citing health reasons.

“I am at fault. I will not argue,” Montagny told French publication L’Equipe, confirming that he will not challenge the ruling.

Montagny admitted his motorsports career could be over, as he waits for a final ruling from the FIA.

The Frenchman enjoyed a long and successful stint in the prototype ranks, having made 12 starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, including three overall podium finishes with Peugeot.

He’s is also a three-time race winner of the Petit Le Mans, also with Peugeot, while having scored his first American Le Mans Series victory with Andretti Green Racing at Detroit in 2008.

While Montagny hasn’t been active in sports car racing since 2012, when he was called in as a replacement to Guillaume Moreau at OAK Racing for Le Mans, he made his racing comeback with Andretti Autosport in the Indianapolis Grand Prix IndyCar race last year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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