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.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).