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Formula E has had two pretty crazy races these last few weeks:

https://www.olympic.org/videos/pyeongchang-2018/cross-country-skiing/mens-sprint-classic

Go to 1:49:30. The race is 3 1/2 minutes long, but it’s done after 2.

Dude runs up a mountain with skis on.

Three of the four Formula E races this year have been crazy good fun, especially yesterday’s in Mexico. There is so much going on that the highlights video leaves out all kinds of incidents and stories that, at the time, seemed exciting but in hindsight were nothing compared to the buildup to the last lap.

In this case a red flag brought everyone back to the pits, and the teams thought the race would be shorter than it ended up being, so everyone pushed just a little too hard compared to the energy they actually had left in the batteries.

Not included in the highlights: The owner of Formula E sitting next to the team boss of the team he thought was going to win, but then who didn’t win, and not knowing how to react. Console the guy, or be super happy knowing the ending of the race show that your series has more excitement in one lap than most racing series have in an entire race.

Indycar starts this weekend with the traditional race through the streets of St Petersburg, FL. I’m excited to see how things go. Here’s a guide to the drivers who will be running this season:


and here is the very first race at St Pete, from the old CART/Champ Car racing series
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The Indycar race was pretty good today. Their next race is at Circuit of the Americas, their first race at that track. I’m very curious about how that will go

They’ve posted the 30 minute edit of the race to Youtube. I’ll post the link for the full race as well once they put it up.

Having seen him race for the last few years in Formula E, I’m cheering on Felix Rosenquist this year. He seems to be doing pretty well for himself already, seeing as nobody overtook him on track in the race (as far as I can remember).

St Pete is a hard track to pass on, but he was very impressive. We’ll see how he does at COTA.

I’d recommend watching the full replays of the last few Formula E races, especially Mexico. But today’s race wasn’t quite so exciting, so I’d just say to watch the short format highlights.

It looks like Indycar is no longer posting full races on YouTube to push the US only Indycar Gold service, which sucks. They continue to post 30 minute highlight videos, though.

May you all one day have a friend as gently encouraging as a good rally Navigator.

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oh no

I think it’s only an “oh no” if it’s not planned. But the article makes it clear that investing the money is part of the plan.

"But the significance of Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag’s willingness to keep plowing money into the series while operating at a loss — all while keeping a growing portfolio of shareholders happy — should not be overlooked. Adding the newly reported €26.4 million loss, the series has now lost more than €150 million (around $168 million) since its inception.

In other words, Agag is essentially operating the series like a Silicon Valley startup — and the strategy seems to be paying off. Not only has Formula E attracted those big-name manufacturers, the series more than doubled its attendance to 476,000 in season four, and increased its television viewership from 223 million to 330 million, according to the filing."

Comparing Formula E to other “disruptive” tech companies, $168 million invested to get yearly revenues of $105.7 million? That’s a really good business!

Just like Amazon, as soon as the business is fully funded, they can turn on the money spigot and let it come in. $26 million per year from Saudi Arabia? Look, there’s only 12 races per year. That could easily become 18 to 20 races, and get $5 million per year from those cities to host the races? That covers the yearly losses in a sigle step. From then on it’s all gravy.

Here is some AMAZING technology advancement: every crash so far at the Indy 500 and the car has NOT flipped!!!

They have put these holes in the floor with clever rims, which means that when running normally they don’t have any effect, but as soon as a car is airborne and moving sideways, they’ve designed the aerodynamics to make sure it never goes all the way over.

This is the most amazing example:

But it’s the same with every big crash yet:

I’m super impressed that the designers have thought this though and implemented it so perfectly. Wow.

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That’s astounding. I thought for sure that Kaiser was going over, but nope, little shoulder nudge, and back to shiny side up.

This is the rallycross run at Goodwood we’ve all been waiting for:

Not quite racing itself, but some absolutely astounding bullshit tricks and cheats that have been used over the years, aside from the classic “having an eight-gallon fuel line” or “Filling the frame with lead shot and then dumping it during the race.”

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Stadium Super Trucks is back for 2020! These three races aren’t a bad way to spend an hour. Some crazy action and super close racing.

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