|D.o.B.||19 August 1994|
|Date of Death|
|Début||2021 Diriyah E-Prix I|
|Formula E Career|
|Entries||23 (23 Starts)|
Nick Cassidy (born 19 August 1994 in Auckland) is an New Zealand born racing driver who serves as a test driver for Envision Virgin Racing. His achievements include back-to-back titles in the Toyota Racing Series and the "Triple Crown" of Japanese motorsport.
Cassidy began his career in karting at the age of six and by the age of fourteen, had claimed multiple karting titles in the North Island and New Zealand championships.
Formula Ford Firestorm
In 2008, Cassidy graduated to car racing, competing in the Formula First Manfeild Winter Series which saw him claim three wins and seal the title in his first year out of karting. He would follow them up with two vice champion honours in the New Zealand Formula First and Formula Ford championships of 2009 and 2010 as well as rookie of the year honours.
In 2011, Cassidy joined Giles Motorsport to contest the Toyota Racing Series. He claimed multiple podiums and took two wins and an overall round win at Taupo to finish as best rookie and championship runner-up to teammate Mitch Evans.
The following season, Cassidy returned to contest the series once again with Giles, this time taking five victories and three overall round wins as well as consistent top ten finishes which saw him clinch the title.
In 2013, Cassidy returned to defend his title, this time switching to M2 Competition. Though he had a less dominant performance than the previous year, he claimed two wins at Hampton Downs and Fielding and a string of top five finishes to take his second consecutive title ahead of teammates Alex Lynn, Lucas Auer and Steijn Schothorst.
Joyous in Japan
In 2014, after contesting selected rounds of the European Formula 3 championship with them, Cassidy partnered with Japanese outfit ThreeBond with T-Sport to contest the Macau Grand Prix. There he qualified seventh and finished fifth in the qualification race and third in the main event behind Felix Rosenqvist and Lucas Auer.
In 2015, Cassidy moved to Japan to contest in the country's Formula 3 championship with Petronas Team TOM'S and the GT300 class of the Super GT championship with Up Garage Bandoh. In the former, he achieved seven victories and claimed the title ahead of rivals Kenta Yamashita and Mitsunori Takaboshi, thus becoming the first non-Japanese driver to win the championship since Marcus Ericsson in 2009.
The following year, Cassidy moved to TOM'S's GT500 division in the Super GT championship as well as contesting the European Formula 3 championship with Prema Powerteam. Claiming a win in the European Formula 3 round at Zandvoort, Cassidy finished fourth in the overall standings while finishing fifth in the Super GT championship.
In 2017, Cassidy remained with TOM'S for that year's Super GT season while also joining Super Formula with Kondo Racing, finishing tenth in the latter and taking his maiden pole position at Sportsland SUGO. In Super GT, Cassidy and teammate Ryō Hirakawa claimed two victories at Okayama and Chang and scored consistent points to claim that year's title.
Cassidy repeated both duties the following year, reuniting with both teams. Claiming race victories in the Super Formula round at Fuji and Super GT round at Autopolis, Cassidy ended the year as championship runner-up to Naoki Yamamoto (and Jenson Button in Super GT) in both disciplines.
In 2019, Cassidy remained with TOM'S in Super GT and switched to their Super Formula division for the forthcoming season. In Super GT, Cassidy repeated his second place in the championship last year, including a victory at the season finale in Motegi. In the Super Formula championship, Cassidy took victory in the opening round at Suzuka and, through a string of consistent performances, clinched the title in the season finale at the same venue ahead of Yamamoto and rookie Alex Palou.
Formula E History
Envisioning the future
In February 2020, Cassidy joined Envision Virgin Racing for the rookie test in Marrakesh the following month. There he finished second in the morning session and set the fastest time of the day in the afternoon session, beating the pole time set in the previous day's E-Prix by António Félix da Costa.
Following the test, Cassidy began attracting attention from many in the Formula E camp. During the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020, Cassidy was drafted in by Virgin to replace Sam Bird for the opening two rounds of the "Race at Home" Challenge with his stint seeing him take a best placed finish of second in the Hong Kong round. In July 2020, Cassidy was announced as Bird's replacement at Virgin following the Brit's departure to Panasonic Jaguar Racing.
Full Formula E Record
Shown below are a series of tables outlining Nick Cassidy's career in Formula E in statistical form:
|Nick Cassidy's Formula E Test Record|
|2019/20||Envision Virgin Racing||2||Audi e-tron FE06||Rookie Driver|
Videos and Images:
- Chris Soulsby, 'Cassidy completes Envision Virgin test line-up', motorsportweek.com, (Motorsport Week, 20/02/2020), https://www.motorsportweek.com/2020/02/20/nick-cassidy-completes-envision-virgin-test-line-up/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Elliot Wood, 'Nick Cassidy: The secret Red Bull superstar F1 cannot ignore', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 21/08/2019), http://www.formulascout.com/nick-cassidy-the-secret-red-bull-superstar-f1-cannot-ignore/53489, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Jamie Klein, 'After conquering Japan, what next for Nick Cassidy?', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 24/12/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/supergt/news/interview-nick-cassidy-lexus-toyota/4616015/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Nick Cassidy: Super Formula - Red Bull Athlete Profile', redbull.com, (Red Bull), https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/athlete/nick-cassidy, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'The day Nick Cassidy shook up the formula racing world', redbull.com, (Red Bull, 22/04/2020), https://www.redbull.com/int-en/nick-cassidy-super-gt-driver-inspired-by, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Peter Allen, 'The next Kiwi to take Europe by storm?: Nick Cassidy', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 12/02/2012), http://www.formulascout.com/the-next-kiwi-to-take-europe-by-storm-nick-cassidy/983, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Peter Allen, 'Toyota Racing Series 2012 driver-by-driver review', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 19/02/2012), http://www.formulascout.com/toyota-racing-series-2012-driver-by-driver-review/1025, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Toyota Racing Series Confirms Key Drivers', scoop.co.nz, (Scoop Independent News, 18/12/2012), https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1212/S00270/toyota-racing-series-confirms-key-drivers.htm, (Accessed 06/06/2020
- Jonathan Noble, 'Nick Cassidy says he was lucky to finish the Macau Grand Prix', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 18/11/2014), https://www.autosport.com/f3/news/116818/cassidy-i-was-lucky-to-finish-macau, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Peter Allen, 'Nick Cassidy lands Toyota-backed Japanese F3 drive', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 31/01/2015), http://www.formulascout.com/nick-cassidy-lands-toyota-backed-japanese-f3-drive/24319, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Valentin Khorounzhiy, 'Nick Cassidy secures 2015 Japanese F3 title', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 03/03/2020), https://www.motorsport.com/f3/news/nick-cassidy-secures-2015-japanese-f3-title/650671/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Cassidy to drive Lexus RC F in Super GT', toyota.co.nz, (Toyota NZ, 04/02/2016), https://www.toyota.co.nz/about-toyota/toyota-news/2016/february/nick-cassidy-joins-lexus-for-japanese-super-gt-championship-with-toms-team/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Peter Allen, 'Nick Cassidy gets Prema F3 seat for 2016 season', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 08/02/2016), http://www.formulascout.com/nick-cassidy-gets-prema-f3-seat-for-2016-season/33321, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'F3 - NICK CASSIDY SCORES HIS MAIDEN FIA FORMULA 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WIN', fia.com, (FIA, 16/07/2016), https://www.fia.com/news/f3-nick-cassidy-scores-his-maiden-fia-formula-3-european-championship-race-win, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Kiwi Nick Cassidy prepares for second crack at Japan Super GT Series', stuff.co.nz, (Stuff, 06/02/2017), https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/motorsport/89122954/kiwi-nick-cassidy-prepares-for-second-crack-at-japan-super-gt-series, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Toyota GAZOO Racing Outlines 2017 Motorsports Activities', global.toyota, (Toyota, 02/02/2017), https://global.toyota/en/detail/14874291/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Rachit Thukral, 'Super GT 2017 championship won by Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 12/11/2017), https://www.autosport.com/gt/news/132965/cassidyhirakawa-claim-super-gt-title, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'TOYOTA GAZOO Racing OUTLINES 2018 MOTORSPORTS ACTIVITIES', toyotagazooracing.com, (Toyota Gazoo Racing, 08/02/2018), https://toyotagazooracing.com/release/2018/other/0208-01.html, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Fuji victory for Cassidy', toyota.co.nz, (Toyota NZ, 09/07/2018), https://www.toyota.co.nz/toyota-racing/international/2018/july/fuji-victory-for-cassidy/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Rachit Thukral, 'Autopolis Super GT: Cassidy/Hirakawa use team orders to win', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 21/10/2018), https://www.motorsport.com/supergt/news/autopolis-cassidy-hirakawa-lexus-button/3199260/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Darshan Chokhani, 'BUTTON, YAMAMOTO CLINCH 2018 SUPER GT TITLE IN MOTEGI SEASON FINALE', formularapida.net, (FormulaRapida.net, 11/11/2018), https://formularapida.net/button-yamamoto-clinch-2018-super-gt-title-in-motegi-season-finale/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Darshan Chokhani, 'YAMAMOTO BEATS CASSIDY TO WIN 2018 SUPER FORMULA TITLE AT SUZUKA', formularapida.net, (FormulaRapida.net, 28/10/2018), https://formularapida.net/yamamoto-beats-cassidy-to-win-2018-super-formula-title-at-suzuka/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Toyota Gazoo Racing Announces 2019 Super GT Programmes', dailysportscar.com, (dailysportscar.com, 07/02/2019), http://www.dailysportscar.com/2019/02/07/toyota-gazoo-racing-announces-2019-super-gt-programmes.html, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Rachit Thukral, 'Markelov joins Super Formula as Toyota reveals 2019 drivers', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 07/02/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/super-formula/news/toyota-super-formula-2019-line-up/4333541/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'LEXUS SEALS FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS WITH VICTORY IN JAPAN’S SUPER GT SERIES', media.lexus.co.uk, (Lexus Media Site, 06/11/2019), https://media.lexus.co.uk/2019/11/lexus-seals-final-championship-success-with-victory-in-japans-super-gt-series/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Nick Cassidy Pulls off Victory from a P12 Start', superformula.net, (Super Formula, 22/04/2019), https://superformula.net/sf2/en/2019/04/4920/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Jamie Klein, 'Cassidy defies odds to seal 2019 Super Formula title', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 27/10/2019), https://www.autosport.com/other/news/146808/cassidy-defies-odds-to-seal-super-formula-crown, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Elliot Wood, 'Super Formula champion Nick Cassidy stays at TOM’S after all', formulascout.com, (FormulaScout, 28/02/2020), http://www.formulascout.com/super-formula-champion-nick-cassidy-stays-at-toms/60154, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Toyota Gazoo Racing Announces 2020 Super GT Programmes', dailysportscar.com, (dailysportscar.com, 07/02/2020), http://www.dailysportscar.com/2020/02/07/toyota-gazoo-racing-announces-2020-super-gt-programmes.html, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Nick Cassidy sets fastest time for Envision Virgin Racing in Rookie Test', fiaformulae.com, (ABB FIA Formula E, 01/03/2020), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2020/feb/marrakesh-rookie-test-round-up, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Valentin Khorounzhiy, 'Any FE team would be "super lucky" to have Cassidy drive for them', autosport.com, (Motorsport Network, 03/03/2020), https://www.autosport.com/fe/news/148523/any-team-would-be-super-lucky-to-have-cassidy, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Jack Giordmaina, 'Nick Cassidy to race for Virgin Racing in the “Race at home” event', formulaezone.com, (Formula E Zone, 15/04/2020), https://formulaezone.com/2020/04/15/nick-cassidy-race-virgin-racing-race-home-event/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- Jack Giordmaina, 'Gunther wins the Hong Kong Race At Home event', formulaezone.com, (Formula E Zone, 25/04/2020), https://formulaezone.com/2020/04/25/gunther-wins-hong-kong-race-home-event/, (Accessed 06/06/2020)
- 'Envision Virgin Racing signs Nick Cassidy for season seven', fiaformulae.com, (ABB FIA Formula E, 15/07/2020), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2020/july/cassidy-evr, (Accessed 15/07/2020)