Super Aguri revived as Formula E team

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Former Formula One team Super Aguri has been revived as a new franchise in Formula E ahead of the series’ inaugural races in 2014.

The Japanese team is run by Aguri Suzuki who himself raced in F1 in the early 1990s, but it failed to make much of an impression on the sport. After debuting in 2006, it was not until the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix that Takuma Sato claimed Super Aguri’s first point, and he would score one just once more before the team eventually folded after just four races of the 2008 season. Nevertheless, the minnows did enjoy a faithful cult following who will undoubtedly be delighted by today’s news.

“Today is a new chapter for the Super Aguri name and I’m proud that our team will represent Japan in the inaugural Formula E series,” Aguri Suzuki explained. “Zero emissions racing is a progressive concept for the motorsport industry, and after more than forty years as both a driver and team owner, I see Formula E as a great stride towards the future.”

The series is set to become the highest class of electric powered racing, and the design of the cars has certainly received approval from the fans although a controversial Twitter-powered ‘push to pass’ vote system did face a backlash. The majority of events will take place around city streets, with two U.S. races planned in Miami and Los Angeles as well as other ‘e-prix’ in London, Beijing and Berlin.

Super Aguri is the sixth team to sign up to the series, joining American teams Andretti Autosport and Dragon Racing as well as Drayson Racing, China Racing and e.dams. Although electric-powered racing has failed to take off in the past, the initial signs suggest that Formula E could be highly innovative and lucrative.

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.