Ecclestone is keen to have at least one more race in the USA in addition to the round at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. A street race in New Jersey was supposed to appear on the F1 calendar this year but has been postponed to 2014.
“The Ecclestone name is widely-known in LA, well beyond motor racing’s narrow corridors, and it seems all but inevitable that Bernie will buy the Long Beach GP for F1’s return to Southern California in 2015,” says Kirby.
One stumbling block to a return to Long Beach for F1 would be the length of the circuit. At 1.968 miles it would need to be extended by at least 0.2 miles to reach the minimum length required for new Formula One circuits.
Formula One race at Long Beach from 1976 to 1983 before Ecclestone pulled the race having failed to agree financial terms with promoter Chris Pook.
IndyCar racing in its various guises has taken place at the track ever since and the third round of the 2013 IndyCar series is set to take place there this weekend. But its contract with the circuit is due for renewal next year.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”