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Bruno Senna hopeful of Brazilian Formula E race in the future

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Bruno Senna hopes that Brazil can take advantage of the success of its drivers in Formula E by hosting an ePrix in the future.

Senna is one of three Brazilian drivers on the grid in Formula E, racing alongside Nelson Piquet Jr. and Lucas di Grassi.

Piquet won the inaugural Formula E championship last year, while di Grassi is fighting for this year’s title and finished third in the season one standings.

Brazil had been due to host a race in Rio de Janeiro in November 2014, only for the race to be cancelled seven months earlier.

Senna said that he would love to see Formula E head to his home country, but is aware that financial problems could prevent this from happening.

“We have three Brazilian drivers. One of them right now is fighting for the championship, one of them won the championship last year so Brazil is doing really well in this championship,” Senna told NBC Sports.

“I think it’s a shame if we don’t go there and maximize on this great performance that we’re having. It’s very difficult, Brazil is in difficult financial conditions right now.

“I just hope that we can get the right people convinced.”

Formula E returns next Saturday with the first Mexico City ePrix, taking place on part of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez that hosted last November’s Formula 1 race.

“Mexico is a very different animal. It’s a dedicated track, extremely smooth compared to what we race, so I think we’re going to have to see a very different setup on the car there to maximize the circuit,” Senna said.

“I’m curious to see what is going to happen there. Hopefully we’ll be on top. We’re going to have to review the last two races and we have some things that we need to work on. Then hopefully we can come out in the top five next time out.”

An IndyCar iRacing Challenge at Talladega? Drivers have discussed it

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If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is interested in an IndyCar iRacing event on an oval, he might like the latest idea being kicked around by NTT Series drivers.

“I personally would want to run at Talladega, but I don’t think that’s an option,” Arrow McLaren SP driver rookie Oliver Askew told NBCSports.com in a Friday interview about his simulation work for the second round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “IndyCar drivers have a group chat with iRacing, and someone had the idea of running at Talladega, and I thought it was brilliant.”

It actually would be a throwback of sorts as a USAC-sanctioned race with Indy cars at Talladega nearly happened 40 years ago.

The IndyCar iRacing Challenge will be running its second consecutive road course Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN or streaming here).

Of the four remaining races in the six-race series, there’s a chance that three of them could be ovals: A Drivers’ Choice track April 11; a “Random Draw” April 18 and a non-IndyCar “Dream” track May 2 (the April 25 race will be at Circuit of the Americas).

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IndyCar drivers are voting on next week’s track, and the options include high-speed ovals such as Texas Motor Speedway and Michigan Speedway.

A multicar crash at Talladega last October. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Talladega apparently isn’t on the list for next week, but surely it could be considered for a future race if it meant having Earnhardt in the field. The 15-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver is a six-time winner at Talladega, and the NASCAR on NBC analyst’s family is synonymous with the 2.66-mile oval where his late seven-time champion father won a record 10 times.

“I hope he can make that happen,” Askew said of racing against Earnhardt. “I hope IndyCar can grant his wish on that.”

The addition of Earnhardt would fit well with an IndyCar iRacing Challenge that already features champions from NASCAR (Jimmie Johnson) and Supercars (Scott McLaughlin).

Will Power would like to see more of that.

“I think that would be great if we can get big-name drivers from other series,” Power said. “Getting a couple guys from Europe would be cool.”