Agag, Formula E targeting New York race for Season 3

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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.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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