Buenos Aires Formula E race set to switch venue for 2018

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Formula E will have to find a new venue for its race in Buenos Aires, Argentina as of 2018 after it was confirmed earlier this week that February’s event will be the last at Puerto Madero.

Buenos Aires is one of just two cities to have appeared in all three Formula E seasons – the other being Berlin – and will welcome the all-electric series once again on February 18.

A park in the coastal district of Puerto Madero was transformed into a street circuit for the race, posing one of the greatest challenges on the Formula E calendar to drivers with a fast, flowing layout.

However, with the local government set to push on with redevelopment work in the area, the decision has been taken to move the race away from Puerto Madero.

“We will work along with the government to find another location,” Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag said of the move, as quoted by motorsport.com.

“We want to find a new track and this is key in order to renew the contract between Formula E and Buenos Aires for the future.”

Agag is relishing the upcoming race in Buenos Aires, believing that the third edition of the city’s ePrix can live up to the expectations stemming from the previous two events.

“It’s fantastic to be returning to Buenos Aires for a third time in as many seasons. The two races in Puerto Madero have seen some incredible action and always feature strongly in the end of season highlights reel,” Agag said.

“Last season the eventual champion Sebastien Buemi fought his way through from last on the grid to finish second behind Sam Bird.

“One of the best things about Argentina is the fans – they are so passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. South America has deep roots in motorsport and many champions across a number of categories, including three-time WTCC champion and DS Virgin Racing driver Jose Maria Lopez.

“The atmosphere in the city will be incredible for Pechito’s home race – it’s going to be very special.”

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”