Track layout revealed for Formula E Vegas eRace

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The track layout has been revealed for Saturday’s Formula E Vegas eRace that will see gamers and big-name drivers battle for a $1 million prize pool.

The 20-strong Formula E grid will go up against 10 of the world’s finest sim racers in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, with a top prize of $200,000 on offer to the winning driver.

The 10 gamers have each been assigned a team to work with in recent weeks, allowing them to train with the full-time Formula E drivers and pass on their knowledge of the virtual racing world.

Although all of the drivers have been completing sim runs using rFactor 2, the game that will be raced on, in order to add an extra challenge to proceedings, the track layout was only made public on Friday ahead of practice.

The circuit is 3.1 virtual miles long and incorporates many of Las Vegas’ most famous landmarks, including the Luxor and MGM Grand.

All sessions for the eRace weekend are live via Twitch. Here’s the schedule (all times PT):

FP1 – January 6 20:40
FP2 – January 7 09:00
Qualifying – January 7 13:25
Qualifying Race – January 7 15:25
Race – January 7 16:00

Former 5-time ALMS and Le Mans-winning team owner Dave Maraj killed in accident

Photo courtesy Dave Maraj Facebook page
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Well-known sports car team owner and automobile dealership owner Dave Maraj was killed Saturday night in a boating accident in Florida, according to SportsCar365.com.

Maraj’s Champion Racing teams won five consecutive American Le Mans Series championships from 2004 through 2008, and also captured the overall win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, the last American team to do so in the iconic sports car race.

IMSA President Scott Atherton released the following statement mourning Maraj’s passing:

Dave Maraj. Photo courtesy IMSA.

“All of us at IMSA are shocked and saddened by the news of Dave Maraj’s passing. As a team owner in the American Le Mans Series, Dave and his Champion Racing organization were the epitome of professionalism and excellence, as their five series championships and 24 Hours of Le Mans victory will attest.

“Dave was a tremendous competitor and a great friend to all in the paddock throughout his time in our sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family and friends and to all of his associates at Champion Motors.”

Maraj was a very successful automobile dealership owner, most notably Champion Motors and Champion Porsche in Pompano Beach, Florida, the latter considered the No. 1 Porsche dealer in the U.S.

Details of how Maraj died have not been released.

Maraj sold his racing operation after the 2008 season and devoted himself to his Porsche and Audi auto dealerships, as well as competitive sailing.