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Track layout unveiled for Paris Formula E race

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Officials from the FIA have unveiled the track layout for the inaugural Formula E race in Paris, France ahead of its planned running on April 23.

Formula E confirmed back in July that Paris would be joining the calendar for season two with a track at Les Invalides, an important military landmark in the city that houses many museums and the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte.

At a press conference in Paris on Wednesday, Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag and FIA president Jean Todt revealed the layout for the ePrix that enjoys an impressive backdrop featuring the historic buildings in the area.

“As a series we are fortunate enough to race in some incredible locations but none more spectacular than the backdrop in the city of Paris,” Agag said.

“The ethos of Formula E is urban racing in the heart of cities around the world – Paris certainly ticks all those boxes. France is also a key market for the championship as the home of the FIA, official founding partner and tire supplier Michelin, and team partners such as DS and Renault.

“The Paris ePrix will be an iconic setting for Formula E with DHL, the championship’s official logistics partner, delivering the first fully-electric race to the French capital.”

Todt added: “The FIA is particularly pleased that there will be a Formula E race run through the streets of the centre of Paris, the city that has been our home for over a century.

“This series is heavily linked to the development of new technologies and to promoting a new model for sustainable mobility. It is entirely logical therefore, that a country like France, that has always been at the cutting-edge of innovation, should host an ePrix in its capital city.

“I am sure that the spectacle offered by Formula E on a track laid out against the amazing backdrop of Les Invalides, will make this event truly unique among motorsport events at a world level.”

French manufacturer Renault announced that it would be a partner for the Paris ePrix, while Formula E confirmed that tickets would start at just €25 for those making the trip in April.

Racing Safety United aims to reduce the risk of injury to drivers

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Racing is an inherently dangerous sport.

The Racing Safety United (RSU) alliance aims to reduce some of that risk with the formation of a multi-discipline advocacy group that includes all major stakeholders of the sport: sanctioning bodies, drivers, track owners and equipment manufacturers – just to name a few of the many businesses that impact a driver’s welfare once they strap into the seat of a racecar.

Originally spearheaded by sports car driver RJ Valentine, the alliance initially intends to focus on track safety. Because expenses can be razor thin for short tracks, a financial aid program is in the works to help with safety upgrades.

“As a racer, I’ve witnessed a lot of horrible crashes and it always astounds me that, for the most part, the motorsports community continues to accept it, including drivers,” Valentine said in a press release. “Because safety improvement adoption is slow, I realized we need support from constituents in all sectors of motorsports to make any real changes happen.

“Initially, track safety is one of RSU’s top priorities, mainly because it receives the least amount of attention. However, we intend to address all safety areas from helmets to driver education.”

RSU’s first official meeting is scheduled on December 6th during the PRI Show to discuss and prioritize safety initiatives.

The RSU is currently made up of 30 members including former NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau, NHRA team owner Don Schumacher, Flying Lizard owner Darren Law, Randy Lajoie – owner of The Joie of Seating, sportscar driver Andrew Pilgrim and journalist Dick Berggren.

More information can be found on the RSU site.