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.

Reviewing Danica Patrick’s highs and lows at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.

It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.

In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.

“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.

Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.

For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.