Miami Revs Up for Formula E Race
5 Y BY ERIC LOVEDAY
Miami is geeked to host a Formula E racing event in 2014.
Miami is one of two US cities to play host to Formula E (8 international cities will, too) and there’s a reason that Florida’s hot spot was chosen, says
Formula E Holdings CEO Alejandro Agag:
“We want to promote the use of electric cars in cities around the world…cities that are at the front of the green button.”
The track in Miami is tentatively set to run around Biscayne Boulevard and the American Airlines Arena, through Southwest 12th Street and Southeast Second Avenue, turn right on Southwest 14th Street and down back to Bayshore Drive and back to Biscayne Boulevard. These details only mean something if you’re familiar with Miami.
Miami, like other host cities, will need four to six weeks to set up the circuit that runs through its downtown area. All work on the circuit will be done at night so as to not disrupt traffic flow in the area. Loud types of work will be done in the early evening hours.
The city of Miami stand to profit dearly from the race in several ways. The Formula E event will created 240 direct and 2,000 indirect jobs. The visitor count is expected to hit 25,000 and the race event will net the city some $10 million.
Miami city commissioner, Francis Suarez, had this to say of playing host to the racing event:
“I think this is precisely what Miami needs. It reminds me of my teenage years when I grew up watching the Miami Grand Prix. This is precisely the kind of visionary project that we should support and be engaged in.”
Formula E is planning a 10-race schedule in major cities in 2014. Los Angeles and Miami are the two US cities on that list.