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.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.