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.
Chase Sexton stumbled in San Diego and Eli Tomac had a hard fall in Anaheim 2, but the Monster Energy Supercross numbers for Houston suggest they will continue to be the ones to beat in Houston. To do so, they will have to turn back challenges from another pair of riders who have swept the top five in the first three rounds and another with a worst finish of sixth.
There are reasons to believe Webb and Roczen can keep those streaks alive.
Webb is the only multiple winner at Supercross’ current Houston stadium. His pair of wins came in 2019 and 2021, the same year he won his two 450 championships.
Clinton Fowler points out this week, that Webb has carried that strength into 2023. Webb had a late surge in Anaheim 1, advancing from fifth to second in the final six laps. In San Diego, he set his ninth fastest lap with two to go and his eighth fastest on the final lap. He posted his fastest lap of Anaheim 2 on Lap 12 while the rest of the field did so on Lap 6 on average.
By comparison, Tomac set his 14th fastest lap on the final circuit in route to winning the Main at San Diego while he was trying to keep Webb at bay.
With a sixth at San Diego, Dylan Ferrandis barely missed sweeping the top five in his first three races as did Tomac with a sixth last week at Anaheim 2.
This will be the 46th year Supercross has visited Houston and with 55 races the city is tied for the second-most with Detroit.
Webb won most recently in 2021 in the final race of three held there that year as the series executed a strategy of racing in residencies to limit travel during height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tomac and Justin Barcia also won in Houston in 2021.
Two privateers have started the season on a high note.
Joshua Cartwright and Joshua Varize have each made the last two Mains. Cartwright finished 18th in San Diego and 21st last week in Anaheim 2 – all while working fulltime as a Business Intelligence Analyst at the University of Texas, Dallas. Varize earned a top-15 (12th) in San Diego and was 21st in Anaheim 2 in his third season on a 450.
The numbers show none of the active 250 Supercross East riders have won in Houston, so no matter who steps on top of the box, there is going to be a fresh face. That is not surprising since most of the top competitors have not raced at this venue yet.
Michael Mosiman has a pair of top-fives there, however. His best finish was a second in the second 2021 race. Garrett Marchbanks scored a top-10 in his rookie season of 2019 in Houston.
In the 250 East division, Hunter Lawrence is one of the favorites to win the title now that Christian Craig has moved to 450s. Last year he had four wins and nine podiums, but failed to set a fast lap in a race.