Formula E hits the track for first day of testing (PHOTOS)

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With the grid forming up and its inaugural season now about two months away, the FIA Formula E Championship has gotten down to business with the first of two days of testing at Donington Park. Here’s day one times.

Meanwhile, here’s a round-up of social posts and photos from the day at the circuit:

Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) goes Luis Suarez on Bruno Senna (Mahindra Racing) prior to testing.

Senna and Nick Heidfeld (Venturi GP) in their respective cars.

Yes, that would appear to be Oriol Servia with the sunglasses as new Dragon Racing recruit Mike Conway prepares for his first laps.

Team Amlin Aguri’s Katherine Legge gets ready to run.

What the Aguri car – and realistically, all FE cars – sound like.

The e.dams-Renault entry.

e.dams’ Nicolas Prost looking a bit like his father, Alain, head-on.

It’s ex-F1 shoes Franck Montagny and Scott Speed, now both testing for Andretti Autosport. Montagny’s been confirmed to race for the team; Speed races for Andretti’s Red Bull Global Rallycross program.

Former F1 and IndyCar racer Christian Danner, now a TV commentator, takes test laps.

The Audi Sport Abt machine, driven by Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt.

MRTI: pre-season testing Day 3 notebook

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Day 3 of pre-season testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway saw the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda continue testing for the second day in a row, with each series completing three sessions on what was their final day of running.

Quick reports on both series are below.

Pro Mazda: Cunha Surges to the Front

While Saturday saw Pro Mazda newcomers like Oliver Askew, Parker Thompson, and Rinus VeeKey lead the way, Sunday saw a pair of second-year Pro Mazda drivers take their turns at the top of the speed charts. In the combined results, Juncos Racing’s Carlos Cunha turned the fastest lap of the final session, also good enough to be the outright fastest lap of the weekend, taking advantage of a fresh set of Cooper Tires to do so.

“I’m really happy, Juncos Racing is an amazing team,” Cunha said of the team’s performance. “On track, we are always improving, never going backwards and that’s very good. We have tested a lot but we still need to learn a lot about the car, though we are almost to a perfect setup. The team has given me everything I need to be comfortable inside the car, to know what the car needs, and to know what I need to be a better driver. We have time to improve and we are moving forward quickly.”

Fellow sophomore driver Sting Ray Robb, now with Team Pelfrey, was right behind Cunha in second.

Combined results across both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

USF2000: Kirkwood, Cape Motorsports Stay On Top of Deep USF2000 Field

New Cape Motorsports driver Kyle Kirkwood, who topped Session 2 on Saturday, stayed on top of the combined speed charts across the weekend on the strength of his best lap from Session 3 of the weekend on Saturday.

Pabst Racing’s Rasmus Lindh was right behind Kirkwood, on the strength of his quick lap from Session 1.

However, Sunday’s running saw a different driver assert his authority, with Kaylen Frederick, Lindh’s teammate at Pabst, turning the fastest lap during the final session.

Frederick ended up fourth in the combined results, which can be viewed here.

The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will take to the Homestead-Miami road course on Monday for the final day of testing for the Mazda Road to Indy.

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