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FanBoost voting expanded to in-race for FE season two

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Fans will now get a chance to vote for their favorite driver live during Formula E races after series officials confirmed that it had approved the plan to revamp its interactive FanBoost concept.

In season one, fans voted for drivers via the Formula E app and website in the lead-up to each ePrix, with the top three receiving two five-second power boosts to be used in each half of the race.

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag confirmed at June’s London finale that he was looking to improve the interaction by leaving the voting open whilst the race was ongoing.

In a statement issued on Friday, Formula E confirmed that this had been ratified, with the new FanBoost working as follows:

  • Fans can still vote for their favorite drivers using the Formula E app and website in the lead-up to each race. However, they will also be able to vote by using a select hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Voting will close after the first six minutes of the race, giving fans the opportunity to watch the start before casting their vote.
  • Drivers will now only be able to use FanBoost in the second stint of the race.
  • FanBoost can only be used once, and will take the form of a 100kJ increase in energy to be used in a power window of 180kW to 200kW. This allows teams to either use power boost for a smaller increase for a longer period of time, or a big increase over a short spell.

“FanBoost is a uniquely fan engaging element of our series and by being able to vote during the race the level of engagement will increase significantly, creating a real-time relationship between drivers, teams and fans,” Formula E director of media Ali Russell said.

“We are delighted to partner with Telescope, who have a proven track record in this field, and with their expertise we will evolve the FanBoost concept to become a standard bearer for fan interactivity in sport.”

The revamped FanBoost voting will open on October 12, 12 days before the opening Formula E race of the season in Beijing, China.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”