At this rollout time you can finally see the numbers behind the
No. 2 Sam Bird
No. 7 Jerome D'Ambrosio
No. 55 Antonio Felix Da Costa
No. 77 Salvador Durn
No. 28 Simona De Silvestro, the only lady in the Formula E Series
No. 9 Sebastien Buemi
No. 4 Stephane Sarrazin Finished 2nd.
Bruno Senna chasing his No. 21 to the pits.
No. 21 Bruno Senna
No. 66 Daniel Abt or ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport Team
A second spot for photographing cars is the exit from the Paddock
to the pits. I found an anchor block, to hold straps from a
garage tent, to stand on to shoot down on the cars.
This spot allowed me to shoot down into the cockpit without interfering
with the crew pushing the car.
Note the driver's name, D. Abt, under his home country flag, on the air
intake above the driver's seat.
No. 11 Lucas Di Grassi, teammate of Daniel Abt. Some drivers are
in the cars when they are pushed out, as is Lucas.
This was the race winner! 41 laps in 2 identical cars. Time:
45.11.582 MPH: 72.1 avg. Best Lap: 58.765 seconds.
Behind the Paddock tents were Michelin tires mounted on wheels specific
to the cars.
One tire changer for Team Aguri's car for Saldovar Duran set up a tire
so I could get a good photo of it.
At track level, between the two
grandstands, on Turn 6 is a good spot to get the cars running on the
track. You can jockey with other photographers to get a shot
through the fences or in a crack between fences to gain some images.
No. 88 Oliver Turvey Obviously shot through the fence, from
Turn 6 back to Turn 5, but I like the streaking of the fencing.
No. 21 Bruno Senna, or No. 23 Nick Heidfeld, his Mahindra Racing
It took a few shots through the fence at the low level to get two cars
at speed, yet separated, one leaving turn 5 and the other heading for
The best place for an unobstructed view of cars racing is the top
level of the Grandstand between Turn 6 and 7.
Note the "Born Electric" BMW sign in back.
I backed off on the zoom to show the overall. The cars
passing below, eVillage past the empty grandstand, the large video
board, and the beginning of Shoreline Drive.
If some action happens out of sight, it is shown on the video
board with the standings of the practice session on the left.
No. 28, Simona De Silvestro in a telephoto shot of Turn 7 from the same
shot. Sign showing the turn number, the Exit just ahead, and the
flagman with his several colored flags.
Still from the top row of the Turn 7 grandstand, photo of No. 27
Robin Frijns, the other Andretti driver as he accelerates out of Turn 7
onto the long Shoreline Drive run.
The Best Vantage Point for unobstructed Car and Driver photos with
good background is the far east end of the Turn 7 grandstand on the top
row. Cars here have just made Turn 7 and are slowly entering the
No. 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Finished 13th of 18.
No. 11 Lucas Di Grassi Won the race.
No. 21 Bruno Senna Finished 5th
No. 27 Robin Frijns Finished 15th
No. 88 Oliver Turvey Finished 12th.
No. 6 Loic Duval Finished 8th.
No. 23 Nick Heidfeld Finished 4th
No. 66 Daniel Abt Finished 3rd
No. 8 Nicolas Prost Finished 11th
There is quite a break between
qualifying and the race, giving attendees time to walk through East and
West eVillage, have lunch, and enjoy their Suite, if they are so luck
as to have access to a Suite.
The Tesla Model X, of the owner of TeslaTouring.com, that I drove to the
Race. Shown here parked at Shoreline Village with the Queen Mary
and a Carnival cruise ship in the background.
Viewed from Shoreline Village: Queen Mary, a Long Beach icon.
Another way to get to the Formula ePRIX: CARNIVAL MIRACLE at
the Long Beach Carnival terminal behind the Queen Mar.
Beautiful day for an ePRIX in Long Beach
Entering the concourse at the Start/Finish Line.
BMW electric cars, on Shoreline Drive portion of the track,
crossing the finish line, on a pre-race tour to set a Guiness World
Record. (Shot through a hole in the bridge.)
driving a Tesla Model X to the race, picking up my race credentials at
the Renaissance Hotel, 111 E. Ocean Blvd. and parking in the Shoreline
Village, 401 S. Shoreline Village Drive, for $16, I proceeded to the
Tesla Race Suite on Pit Lane.
Hostesses handing out wrist bands for access to the Tesla Race
TeslaClubLA (info.@Teslaclubla.com) hosted a TCLA Flash event
organized by Renee Swenson.
Renee Swenson, Event Organizer, Tesla Club LA
Tesla Race Suite above Pit Row. (Upgraded from a location on Turn 5,
for lack of attendance.)
Early refreshments in the Tesla Suite.
View from the enclosed suite toward the track with BMWs still
going around the track.
View from the front of the Suite with high tables and 4 rows of
tables with a view of the pits and race course beyond.
View of the Paddock from the back of the Race Suites. Just a
short walk to the garages if you have a Pit Pass.
Another Signature Edition of the Model X parked below the Tesla
Race track (with the winner's picture in the foreground), Pits, and
Red-topped Tesla Race Suite above.
Tesla Race Suite (center red top) above the Mahindra Racing and
Team Aguri pits.
Tesla Race Suite No. 8 from across the tracks with my empty seat
next to the aisle.
One of my many trips to the buffet.
Pardon the personal reference, but I wanted to show that the Tesla
Race Suite was directly above the pits.
Tesla had drawings during the day and I won a shirt signed by the
Formula E drivers.
Team Aquri, Antonio Felix Da Costa's 2 cars (55) on the
Mahindra Racing, Bruno Senna's 2 cars (21) on the left.
Antonio Felix Da Costa's Team Aguri 55 ready for the race.
Notice how Antonio Felix Da Costa's two No. 55 cars are positioned
so he can transition from one to the other after 20 laps.
The Tesla Race Suite was also a good place to take driver photos
as they approached their cars which were already placed in the pit
With a telephoto, you can see the creativity of the helmets. A.
Felix da Costa
Antonio Felix da Costa without his helmet.