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Formula E Won't Add Second U.S. Race Until Season 4 As Focus Shifts To Other Markets

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 11 / 25 / 15

Formula E has no plans to add a second U.S. race to its calendar for the third season, according to the series' CEO. The racing series' sole U.S. stop during the '15-16 season will be Long Beach, Calif., on April 2. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag told SBD Global the series is currently focused on othe...

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