auto racing returns to downtown Miami with a twist
By Ron Beasley
Formula auto racing
will return to the streets of downtown Miami early next year, but
residents will not be complaining about the noise because the race cars
will all be powered by electric engines.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado convened a news conference on the shore of
Biscayne Bay at the Perez Art Gallery and told an overflow gathering of
city and county officials, automotive media, civic leaders and downtown
residents that the FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first fully
electric auto racing series – will stage one of 11 international races
in Miami next year on March 14.
The Miami ePrix, as it will be known, will be the fifth race in the
inaugural Formula E season and the first of two events in the U.S. Other
cities or countries on the e-calendar include Beijing, China, Malaysia,
Uruguay, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Long Beach, California, Monte Carlo,
Berlin and London.
"We are proud to be among the elite group of international cities
hosting the FIA Formula E Championship,” said Mayor Regalado. "This is a
home run for the City of Miami."
Though not attending the new conference, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez
released a statement praising the deal to bring the electric auto races
“The FIA Miami ePrix is precisely the type of international event that
will showcase Miami-Dade as a world-class destination,” said Mayor
The Miami e-Prix race course is laid out along both sides of Biscayne
Boulevard and streets around the American Airlines Arena in an
eight-turn, 1.62 mile, 30-lap circuit. All Formula E events will take
place in one day to minimize disruption.
“We’re delighted to officially unveil the circuit for the Miami ePrix,"
said Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag. "Having two races in the U.S. is very
important to us with America’s rich motorsport heritage and the States
being such an influential and burgeoning market for electric vehicles.”