Warm-Up Lap: Formula E Miami Highlights

After two races in Asia and another two races in South America, the Formula E series has finally made its way to the USA, specifically the sexy coastal city of Miami. Despite the fact that Miami is one of the cities most susceptible to climate change, the feeling was celebratory as this cutting edge racing series came to town.

The action was hot and heavy from the get-go, with fans piling into the makeshift raceway that took over downtown Miami. The weekend would belong to Nicolas Prost driving for the Renault e.dams team, after he took second place in qualifying and the checkered flag on race day. It’s a particularly important win for Prost, who suffered a spectacular crash in the last turn of the last lap of the opening race as he battled Nick Heidfeld for the lead. American Scott Speed driving for Andretti Racing managed to move his way from 10th place all the way up to second, nipping on Prost’s heels but running out of time as the Frenchman crossed the finish line.

It was an excellent debut race for Speed, who clearly took to his electric race car like a fish to water. Judging from the warm reception Miami gave its Formula E race, I’d say there’s plenty of interest in the world of electric racing (if not the atrocious, awful anthem) and now the USA has a champion to cheer for too. He has his work cut out for him though, as Prost now has a comfortable lead in first place. But nothing is guaranteed in the world of motorsports, and one wrong move can end not just a race, but a career.

The next Formula E competition heads to the streets of Long Beach in just a few weeks, with the sixth round of the inaugural series scheduled for April 4th.

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.