Formula E is coming to Long Beach next year

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Formula 5000. Formula One. Champ Car. IndyCar. And now, Formula E.

A new chapter in the venerable racing history of Long Beach, California will be written next year with the first-ever Long Beach ePrix, featuring the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship.

The race will take place on April 4, 2015 and feature a 1.6-mile course that uses seven turns of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach circuit, including its signature hairpin corner.

Interestingly, the famous blast down the Shoreline Drive main straight will be interrupted as cars will take a quick right on South Pine Avenue before flicking left to resume the more familiar configuration.

Jim Michaelian, president/CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach (which runs the TGPLB), is happy to have Formula E use his race’s infrastructure according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

“We look forward to it,” Michaelian said. “I think it’s a neat concept and it says a lot about where some aspects of motor racing is going.”

The Long Beach ePrix will run less than two weeks before the TGPLB, which is set for April 17-19, 2015.

According to the series, Long Beach was chosen to host F-E because of “its commitment to sustainable mobility and long-running success hosting large scale sporting events and high-visibility special events.”

The series’ release also made sure to note that California is the top market for plug-in electric vehicles in the country, which certainly goes well with F-E’s environmental stance.

“They all share our passion for not only motorsport but for promoting sustainable mobility, and I have every confidence that the people of Long Beach and Southern California are going to experience a revolutionary, and of course very exciting, new racing event come April 2015,” Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag said.

“The goal of Formula E is to showcase the true potential of electric vehicles and to inspire people to believe in these cars for their own personal use.”

F-E gets its inaugural season underway Sept. 13 in Beijing.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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