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Robin Frijns takes first career Formula E victory in rainy Paris ePrix

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Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns earned the first Formula E win of his career in the Paris ePrix Saturday, becoming the eighth different driver to win in the season’s first eight races..

The wild race saw polesitter Oliver Rowland crash in the opening laps, which handed the lead to Nissan e.dams teammate Sebastien Buemi. He held on to the lead for the next 10 laps before heading to the pits with a mechanical issue. Frijns led the final 22 laps of the event.

Rain plagued the majority of the event, which began behind the safety car due to damp conditions. More rain and hail eventually led to a full-course yellow, with only 23 minutes remaining in the race once the green flag waved again.

The wet conditions were problematic for several drivers, with six of the 22 starters retiring.

“That was the hardest race of my life,” Frijns told reporters following his victory.

Andre Lotterer finished second for DS Techeetah, with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Daniel Abt taking the last spot on the podium in third.

Full results are below. The next round of the 2018-19 Formula E season is the Monaco ePrix on May 11.

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An IndyCar iRacing Challenge at Talladega? Drivers have discussed it

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If Dale Earnhardt Jr. is interested in an IndyCar iRacing event on an oval, he might like the latest idea being kicked around by NTT Series drivers.

“I personally would want to run at Talladega, but I don’t think that’s an option,” Arrow McLaren SP driver rookie Oliver Askew told NBCSports.com in a Friday interview about his simulation work for the second round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge. “IndyCar drivers have a group chat with iRacing, and someone had the idea of running at Talladega, and I thought it was brilliant.”

It actually would be a throwback of sorts as a USAC-sanctioned race with Indy cars at Talladega nearly happened 40 years ago.

The IndyCar iRacing Challenge will be running its second consecutive road course Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park (2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN or streaming here).

Of the four remaining races in the six-race series, there’s a chance that three of them could be ovals: A Drivers’ Choice track April 11; a “Random Draw” April 18 and a non-IndyCar “Dream” track May 2 (the April 25 race will be at Circuit of the Americas).

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IndyCar drivers are voting on next week’s track, and the options include high-speed ovals such as Texas Motor Speedway and Michigan Speedway.

A multicar crash at Talladega last October. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Talladega apparently isn’t on the list for next week, but surely it could be considered for a future race if it meant having Earnhardt in the field. The 15-time NASCAR Most Popular Driver is a six-time winner at Talladega, and the NASCAR on NBC analyst’s family is synonymous with the 2.66-mile oval where his late seven-time champion father won a record 10 times.

“I hope he can make that happen,” Askew said of racing against Earnhardt. “I hope IndyCar can grant his wish on that.”

The addition of Earnhardt would fit well with an IndyCar iRacing Challenge that already features champions from NASCAR (Jimmie Johnson) and Supercars (Scott McLaughlin).

Will Power would like to see more of that.

“I think that would be great if we can get big-name drivers from other series,” Power said. “Getting a couple guys from Europe would be cool.”