Coming off of the successful Miami ePrix in March, Varsha has a new perspective of the ambitious series after visiting the site of the event on the streets of South Florida.
"I came away from Miami with even greater respect for the thought, planning and effort that has gone into Formula E," said Varsha, who hosts a 30-minute pre-race show this weekend. “The attitude of everyone involved is that of a group of racers ready to do anything asked of them to see the concept succeed. I was also amazed that, despite the delayed completion of the circuit, the drivers produced a terrific race. Maybe practice is over-rated!
“Round 6 in Long Beach will be a first for the series: a circuit that fans will recognize instantly from the many years of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach," Varsha added. “The ‘electric lap’ is slightly different: the famous blast down Shoreline Drive now sports a chicane to promote energy recapture, and the cars will turn right onto South Pine Avenue at IndyCar Turn 6 rather than continuing all the way to the traditional Turn 1. We've seen five different winners in as many races thus far, and if I had to pick a sixth for Long Beach I'd suggest Nelson Piquet, the only driver in the top six in points without a win, and Scott Speed, who finished second in his debut in Miami and will be racing in front of his home fans."
Heading into the Long Beach ePrix, Nicolas Prost, son of four-time Formula One champion Alain Prost, sits atop the points standings in his e.dams Renault (67 points), followed by Lucas Di Grassi (60, Audi Sport ABT) and Sam Bird (52, Virgin Racing). The U.S. entries of Andretti Formula E and Dragon Racing sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 10-team series standings. For more information on this weekend’s Long Beach ePrix, please visit: www.fiaformulae.com and follow on Twitter at @FIAformulaE.
FOX SPORTS STRIKES NEW DEAL WITH WEC: A landmark three-year TV deal, announced earlier this week, will see FIA World Endurance Championship races telecast live between FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, including live coverage of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans carried across multiple FOX Sports platforms.
The first WEC event, from Silverstone, airs live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO on Sunday, April 12 (7:00 AM ET).
More than 70 hours of live FIA WEC race coverage airs across FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2. In addition, every race is available live on FOX Sports GO. As a result, the FIA WEC receives more live television coverage than any other FIA-sanctioned championship in North America. For more information on the WEC, please visit http://www.fiawec.com/ and follow on Twitter at @FIAWEC.
MOTOGP FROM AUSTIN LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1: The FIM MotoGP World Championship hits U.S. soil for Round 2 of the 2015 season with the Grand Prix of the Americas live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO on Sunday, April 12 (3:00 PM ET). Moto2 (2:00 PM ET) and Moto3 (1:00 PM ET) also air live on FOX Sports 1 from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. For more information on the series, please visit www.MotoGP.com and follow on Twitter at @MotoGP.
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS RETURNS APRIL 11: Points leader Ryan Dungey leads Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, back into action on Saturday, April 11 (8:00 PM ET) live on FOX Sports 2 and FOX Sports GO from NRG Stadium in Houston.