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.

Former 5-time ALMS and Le Mans-winning team owner Dave Maraj killed in accident

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Well-known sports car team owner and automobile dealership owner Dave Maraj was killed Saturday night in a boating accident in Florida, according to SportsCar365.com.

Maraj’s Champion Racing teams won five consecutive American Le Mans Series championships from 2004 through 2008, and also captured the overall win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, the last American team to do so in the iconic sports car race.

IMSA President Scott Atherton released the following statement mourning Maraj’s passing:

Dave Maraj. Photo courtesy IMSA.

“All of us at IMSA are shocked and saddened by the news of Dave Maraj’s passing. As a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, Dave and his Champion Racing organization were the epitome of professionalism and excellence, as their five series championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans victory will attest.

“Dave was a tremendous competitor and a great friend to all in the paddock throughout his time in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family and friends and to all of his associates at Champion Motors.”

Maraj was a very successful automobile dealership owner, most notably Champion Motors and Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida, the latter considered the No. 1 Porsche dealer in the U.S.

Details of how Maraj died have not been released.

Maraj sold his racing operation after the 2008 season and devoted himself to his Porsche and Audi auto dealerships, as well as competitive sailing.