For years Formula 1 organizers have tried to bring Formula racing to New York City, but to no avail. Budget constraints, noise concerns, and political challenges within the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) stymied attempts.
But last week the FIA Formula E Qualcomm New York City ePrix—a race that pits electricity-powered cars against each other for nearly 50 laps around a 1.2-mile hairpin course—did it. More than 15,000 fans attended the ePrix, which ran for two days along the water in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Tickets sold out days before the gates opened.