Formula E: 20-turn circuit to host Uruguay ePrix in December

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Come December, Uruguay won’t just be known for soccer (not to mention a certain striker that’s been making news lately).

A short circuit packed with 20 turns awaits Formula E in December when they visit the country’s seaside locale of Punta del Este for the third round of the inaugural series championship.

The street course is 1.7 miles long and is situated alongside the city’s harbor, which has drawn comparisons to Monte Carlo. This layout has previously been used for touring car events, and is the fourth Formula E course to be revealed leading into September’s season opener in Beijing.

The Punta del Este ePrix will take place on Dec. 13.

“It’s a very nice location, next to the sea and the beach,” said Juan Manuel Lopez, the first South American racer to have tested an F-E car, on the series’ website. “I think the best overtaking places would be in the first chicane after the start/finish straight and in Turn 5 under braking. There are many places where the track is not that wide too, so it’s going to be a place where you really need to keep your concentration.

“The surface of the roads is very different in places, meaning there is more grip in certain parts of the track, but the Formula E cars are well prepared for that kind of transition. They run very high off the ground and with a bit of work on the set-up, it will be OK.”

This race will run as part of the series’ South American swing; Buenos Aires, Argentina is hosting Round 4 on Jan. 10, 2015.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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