Formula E CEO Agag hopeful for several motor/battery manufacturers in 2015-16

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The all-electric FIA Formula E series is only one race old, but CEO Alejandro Agag is already looking ahead to the second season in 2015-2016.

As part of responding to a series of fan questions, Agag noted that he hopes to see “three or four different makers of motors and batteries in the championship for year two.”

The series is running its inaugural 2014-2015 campaign with the same car – the Spark-Renault SRT_01E – but will shift to an “open” championship in 2015-2016 to give its teams the chance to create their own innovations.

Said teams can develop their own powertrains in 2015-2016, with battery development opening up in the third season (presumably, 2016-2017).

Agag also said that he wanted the F-E schedule to eventually grow to 18 races, a much bigger docket than the 10 races that the series will visit this year.

“Next year, we will probably be in 12, and we want to grow slowly to get to a figure of around 18 races per year,”  he said. “We are talking to many cities.

“After Beijing, we probably received requests from over 40 or 50 cities from all over the world to host a race, so that’s been really positive.”

For more of Agag’s responses to the fans, you can check out the videos below:

F-E will stage the second round of the 2014-2015 season at Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 22. Here’s what happened earlier this month during the series’ official debut in Beijing.

IndyCar’s Vasser-Sullivan expand into IMSA for 2019

James Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser. Photo IndyCar
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Not even one year after returning to the IndyCar ranks, Vasser-Sullivan Racing is taking AIM at the IMSA world, you might say.

While team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan will continue to partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the IndyCar side, they expanded their holdings Tuesday, announcing a partnership with AIM Autosport to campaign a new two-car Lexus-backed RC F GT3 effort in IMSA’s GT Daytona class.

The new team – named AIM Vasser-Sullivan – will replace 3GT Racing, which was part of Lexus’ sports car program launch in 2016. It will announce its two drivers in the coming weeks, the team said.

“Sulli and I are excited and looking forward to entering a new chapter in our racing careers,” Vasser said in a media release. “I have driven sports cars before, but my career was pretty much limited to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a ‘class’ win in 1992 and second overall in 2008.

“The AIM Vasser Sullivan team, with the support of Lexus and our sponsors, has the tools to get the job done and we are looking forward to this new challenge.”

Lexus has made significant progress in its first two seasons in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, having earned a combined two race wins, five poles and finished third in the 2018 GTD Manufacturer point standings.

Vasser and Sullivan were part of the ownership group of KVSH Racing in IndyCar from 2011 through 2016 before the organization folded.

They also owned Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Vasser, a former CART champion, and Sullivan rejoined forces this past February, just before the start of the 2018 IndyCar season, partnering with Coyne to form a satellite team led by driver Sebastien Bourdais, who previously drove for KVSH.

Bourdais kicked off the new team’s effort with a win in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He finished seventh in the overall season standings.

AIM Vasser Sullivan will have two home bases for its IMSA program: AIM’s current facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, as well as a new U.S. shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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