Alguersuari to miss upcoming Formula E season amid medical concerns

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Jaime Alguersuari has confirmed that he will take no part in the second FIA Formula E season as he awaits a diagnosis following a faint earlier this year.

Alguersuari pulled out of the final round of the inaugural Formula E season in London on medical grounds after fainting in the aftermath of the Moscow ePrix, resulting in the suspension of his race license.

The ex-F1 driver had competed in every race up to that point with Virgin Racing, recording four points finishes. He would ultimately end the season 13th in the final drivers’ standings.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Alguersuari confirmed that he was still awaiting a final diagnosis for his faint, and as this had not been resolved, he would not be taking any part in the second Formula E season.

“As you well know, last June I suffered a fainting episode after the Moscow ePrix,” Alguersuari said. “As a consequence of this faint, my license to race was temporarily suspended because the FIA commission wanted to delve into medical research.

“During the month of July, I underwent several tests for which there has not been a medical resolution and I am still waiting for the final diagnosis.

“For this reason I need to announce that, unfortunately, I will not be able to take part in the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2015/16 season with my team DS Virgin Racing.

“I want to wish good luck to the team in the new championship and thank everyone for their support.

“In September I will announce my future plans. Until then, happy summer to all!”

Alguersuari has become the second driver this week to confirm that he will not be returning to Formula E for season two. Karun Chandhok is turning his attention to sportscars after a difficult first season in the electric-powered series.

Virgin replaced Alguersuari with 2013 GP2 champion Fabio Leimer in London, and the Swiss driver may be a possible option for the start of season two in Beijing this October.

Steve McQueen’s famous Porsche 917K displayed in new museum

Photo courtesy of the Brumos Collection
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One of the most famous race cars in film history will be featured in a new automotive museum in Florida.

The legendary Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 film ‘Le Mans’, which was last seen in 2017 when it sold for $14 million in an auction, will be one of the prominent pieces in the Brumos Collection, a new automotive museum in Jacksonville.

Widely considered the most famous Porsche 917 ever built, the historic race car initially was used for Le Mans testing before being featured in the McQueen film. The car was housed in a barn for more than two decades before re-emerging fully restored in 2001.

The car was unveiled as the newest member of the Brumos Collection during a special event signifying the museum’s grand opening on Monday.

With more than three dozen vehicles, the Brumos Collection provides museum guests an up-front look at racing and automotive history.

Notable race cars in the collection include:

  • 1968 Porsche 908: In the second track appearance ever for Porsche’s then-new 908, drivers Jo Siffert and Vic Elford tackled the notorious Nürburgring’s 1000 km in this yet-unproven model. Starting in the 27th position, Siffert guided the 908 to second at the end of the first lap and into the overall lead after the second lap, setting a lap record. This historic 908 persevered through a grueling 44 laps around Nürburgring’s 14-mile course, skillfully navigating a 1000-foot elevation change and 160 turns through the forest.
  • 1979 Porsche 935: This #59 Brumos Porsche 935 is shown exactly as it raced when it won the 1979 IMSA Championship with Peter Gregg behind the wheel. It is authentic in every detail, down to his distinctive tartan seat upholstery. Arguably the finest season of his career, Gregg won eight races and eight consecutive pole positions in 1979. The car won 53 percent of the races it entered, carrying Gregg to 20 percent of his total career IMSA victories.
  • 1972 Porsche 917-10: The first 917/10 was produced in 1971. This Can-Am Racer had a twin-turbocharged engine capable of 200+mph speeds at 1100 hp. Peter Gregg raced the car to a 9th place finish in the 1972 Can-Am Championship, followed by Hurley Haywood’s 3rd place finish in the 1973 Can-Am Series season. The Brumos Porsche 917-10 was the first race car to carry what has now become the iconic and recognizable white, red and blue livery with the famous Brumos Racing “sweeps.”
  • 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix: Miller was the first American race car bought solely to race in Europe. This 1923 Miller 122 Grand Prix was driven by Bugatti racer Count Louis Zborowski, who raced it in England, Spain and France. Returned to the United State 89 years later, this is considered one of the most complete surviving Millers.

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