Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag would like to see the U.S. get back to two races for season three, and has a clear target of where he’d like to go beyond Long Beach for the 2016-2017 season, if Long Beach were to continue for a third season.
“From here, I’m going straight to New York,” Agag told NBC Sports in a phone interview, in advance of this weekend’s Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix.
“We’re trying to find a place to have a race around New York.”
“It’s far from done, but we don’t give up. Absolutely (we’ve love two again). We’d have one race on the East Coast, and one the West Coast.”
The New York topic was one of several Agag discussed on Wednesday, as well as the rest of his hopes for the season three schedule.
The series has 11 races this year, a happy medium between 10 and 12 that Agag wants to see FIA Formula E continue at.
“I’d say 11 is good; 12 is the maximum,” Agag said. “So 10 to 12 would be the final number. I just finished a meeting with my team earlier today. We have too many options – which is a good thing. 10 to 12 is perfect.”
Agag is also keen to continue the series’ expansion into other new markets. The 11 races this year are in Europe (Paris, Berlin, London, Moscow), Asia (Beijing, Putrajaya, Malaysia), North America (Long Beach, Mexico City) and South America (Buenos Aires, Punta del Este, Uruguay).
Montreal has been strongly rumored to join the calendar next season, as the season opener, although has not been formally confirmed by the series.
“There’s New York like I mentioned. Australia would be interesting for global reach. We’re looking maybe somewhere in Africa… although that’s far down the road. There’s some Asian cities we’re looking at.
“Right now China is very strong and the new Hong Kong race (announced in October for October 2016) will be huge.”
There will be more to come from Agag on NBCSports.com in the upcoming days, in advance of the Long Beach ePrix, as well as a likely RoboRace announcement.