Busy month for Buenos Aires as Dakar, Formula E come to town (PHOTOS)

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Come February, the eyes of motorsports fans will be focused on Daytona. But for this first month of 2015, perhaps we need to look farther south.

The vibrant city of Buenos Aires, Argentina will play host to a motorsports tango of sorts as both the Dakar Rally and the FIA Formula E championship visits the South American metropolis.

The Dakar will begin on Sunday with a stage that begins from Buenos Aires and ends in the city of Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. And it will all end on Jan. 17 back in Buenos Aires following Stage 13 from Rosario.

Today, Dakar pre-race scrutineering began at the city’s Tecnopolis complex. After the exercise is complete, a definitive starter’s list for the rally will be issued on Saturday:

In between the first and final Dakar stages, the city’s Puerto Madero district will host the Buenos Aires ePrix on Jan. 10 – the fourth round of the 2014-15 season for that series.

The single-day event will take place on a 1.5-mile, 12-turn street circuit that blends high-speed corners, chicanes, and hairpins.

Credit: FIA Formula E

Sebastien Buemi and e.dams-Renault enter with momentum after their victory a few weeks ago at Punta del Este, Uruguay. Buemi pulled into a tie for second in the driver’s standings thanks to the win, while e.dams-Renault climbed atop the team championship.

Nonetheless, Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport ABT) got some breathing room in the driver’s title race with a third consecutive podium finish. He’ll seek to extend his 18-point advantage over Buemi and Sam Bird (Virgin Racing) in Argentina.

Altogether, it will be a very busy few weeks ahead as Buenos Aires becomes a global motorsports city – at least for a little while.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”