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Red Bull GRC Returns to Washington, D.C.


The second half of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season kicks off with a return to Washington DC and a new course layout at RFK Stadium. Defending race winner Nelson Piquet Jr. returns to a Supercar for the first time this season to go for back-to-back victories in the nation’s capital.

Defending Supercar champion Scott Speed finally broke through for his first victory of the 2016 season with a last-lap pass at Marine Corps Air Station New River. After an early mechanical failure for Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan inherited the lead for most of the race, only to lose the top spot in the Joker Lap on the final lap of the race. Steve Arpin completed the podium behind Speed and Deegan.

Nelson Piquet Jr. rejoins SH Rallycross/DRR for this weekend’s event in hopes of defending his Washington DC victory last year. “I’ve missed competing,” said Piquet, “in Red Bull GRC with SH Rallycross/DRR. I had such a great couple of seasons with the team and I love rallycross. Sulli and I are friends and have kept in touch. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to race again with the team that helped me get my first GRC victory.” In 22 starts for the team from 2014-15, Piquet earned eight podium finishes and finished fourth in the final standings in both seasons.

This year’s Washington DC course returns to Lot 8 of RFK Stadium, but reverses direction as part of an entirely new .899-mile layout. The 10-turn course includes a new technical section beneath the DC Metro, and a jump leading directly to the finish line. Click here for more information on the track.

With the right combination of finishes this weekend, any of the top five drivers in Supercar points can leave Red Bull GRC Washington DC with the championship lead. Current leader Tanner Foust (295 points), Steve Arpin (286), and Scott Speed (279) have the best chance of heading to Atlantic City on top; fourth-place Brian Deegan (248) and fifth-place Patrik Sandell (243) are also within striking distance this weekend and can take the top spot by capitalizing on others’ potential struggles.

“I am very excited for Washington DC again. My first time here it was fantastic, and we won. The second time, we placed second. I am happy to have Nelson back—I told him to watch my back now, as I was watching his back last year. Hopefully the weekend will treat me well.” -Patrik Sandell

Located in nearby Herndon, Virginia, Red Bull GRC Washington DC represents a home race for Volkswagen USA. Drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, combined winners of three Supercar titles, have yet to crack the podium, but both enter the weekend as favorites; Foust has already tied the single-season record for heat and semifinal wins with 16, while Speed is the series’ most recent race winner at MCAS New River.

For the first time, Red Bull GRC steps into the world of fantasy sports this weekend with Pick 5 Fantasy Rallycross presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Throughout the week, fans have submitted entries to series social channels selecting five Supercar drivers to represent them in the final five rounds of the 2016 season. The fan whose selections earn the most combined points will win a prize pack from BFGoodrich Tires and signed memorabilia from each driver.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross

Saturday, July 30, 2PM ET on NBC
Saturday, July 30, 2:30PM ET on Red Bull TV

Photo by Red Bull Content Pool

FIA License Rule Ends Sami-Matti Trogen’s Season



The season started off well in Rallycross Challenge Europe season until FIA license rule ends Sami-Matti Trogen’s season.

After celebrating his 14th birthday, Trogen began his rallycross season and joined in at the second round in Hungary. There he earned his first win in Rallycross Challenge Europe and went on to earn second place in the third round in Lithuania. The season was looking very promising as Trogen was sitting in third place overall.

However, luck began to change after the Lithuanian race.

“We received a message from the series,” said Trogen, “where they stated that FIA has prohibited me from participating in the next race due to a wrongly granted license. According to the rules I should have been 14-years old in the beginning of the year when the license had been granted. Our assumption was that I could start after my 14th birthday in May. This was the mistake but the FIA cannot accept and they will remove my license.”

Trogen has received help from his own federation in Finland but despite their efforts the decision remains final. That means it is the end of racing in the European series for the 2016 season.

“I am very sorry,” Trogen stated, “because of my sponsors and fans, but I promise to continue working for my career and this just gives me extra strength for future races”

Sami-Matti’s father, who has been at every race supporting his son, is also very disappointed.

“It is still difficult to believe,” said Mika Trogen, “that a young talent’s career is slowed down like this, but on the other hand I understand that rules are rules. It is a pity how a small thing can cause an end of the season. It’s only four months. The most annoying thing is that we have worked very hard to compete in the European series. The workload done by us and our support team has been enormous, but it did not affect [their] decision”

However, the season does not end here and a target is set to [race] other places.

Sami-Matti Trogen will continue in Estonian Rallycross series until the end of the season. He is in the lead by two points even though he had to skip one race due to scheduling issues. Next race is held in Pärnu this coming weekend.

“Development work continues with Set Promotion team. Co-operation between team and talented Sami-Matti is just in the beginning and despite small setback, work toward the top of the world continues as before. Set Promotion team will take Sami-Matti ahead with his career and project continues” – Team’s manager, Jussi Pinomäki.
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Tanner Foust Wins Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona II

Tanner Foust wins at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Daytona Beach, USA on 19 June, 2016

Tanner Foust wins in Daytona Beach, USA on 19 June, 2016


(Red Bull GRC Press Release 6/19/16)  Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust recovered from a disappointing Saturday result to win Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross final at Daytona International Speedway. Foust, who extended his championship lead with the victory, led teammate Scott Speed and 2015 defending race winner Sebastian Eriksson to the finish line.

“I really, really love bringing home a win for the guys this weekend,” Foust said. “They have been working through the heat, and we were here until 6 in the morning. We had two impacts in the previous round—one hit the hole in the track, which hit the right front suspension. That kind of made the car dead in the water and gave (Patrik) Sandell, nowhere to go, and that was the second impact. The crew had to fix both sides of the car.”

Crews for Foust and Sandell spent the entire night repairing their vehicles after extensive damage from Saturday’s main event. Speed, meanwhile, switched to a third Beetle after damage from yesterday’s fire proved too extensive to repair overnight. However, all three drivers were able to continue on Sunday, with Speed in fact posting the fastest qualifying lap before being penalized for the vehicle change.

The final required a restart after heavy contact between Speed and Austin Dyne displaced a tire barrier in turn six. On the restart, beating and banging between Foust and Eriksson wasn’t enough to displace Foust from the lead, while Speed shot ahead to fourth from his third row starting spot. As Foust extended a lead over Eriksson and Joni Wiman, Speed took a late-race Joker Lap to grab second and give Volkswagen a 1-2 finish.

In GRC Lites, Tanner Whitten finally broke through for the first time in 2016 after winning three consecutive poles since joining Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Whitten, who finished second on Saturday, turned the tables on yesterday’s winner Oliver Eriksson to grab the victory. Miki Weckstrom, winner of the Lites season opener in Phoenix, completed the podium.

Unofficial results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (II) are as follows:

  1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  3. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic
  4. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic
  5. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  7. Jeff Ward, #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Rhys Millen, #67 Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
  10. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST

The 2016 Red Bull GRC season resumes in two weeks with a return to Marine Corps Air Station New River for Rounds 6 and 7 of the championship. The event can be seen on Saturday, July 2 at 5PM ET and Sunday, July 3 at 5PM ET on NBC, and on Sunday, July 3 at 5:30PM ET on Red Bull TV.


Photo Credit: Red Bull Media


Steve Arpin, Chip Ganassi Racing Earn First Red Bull GRC Victory

Steve Arpin does victory donuts at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Daytona Beach, USA on 18 June, 2016

Steve Arpin does victory donuts at Red Bull Global Rallycross in Daytona Beach, USA on 18 June, 2016


Press Release Red Bull GRC 6/18/16

Steve Arpin added to Chip Ganassi Racing’s extensive Daytona International Speedway trophy count with a win in today’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar final. Arpin took the first Supercar victory for both himself and the team, adding to Ganassi’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and Daytona 500 victories. Teammate Brian Deegan finished second, while 2015 Daytona winner Sebastian Eriksson placed third.

“You have to be super aggressive on this first corner to give yourself some track position to be in a position to race,” Arpin said. “One of the things that I’ve learned here are there are some areas of the track where you just have to attack it like a dirt track, to almost where you are being overaggressive. Then, there are other areas where you have to be super disciplined, just back everything up and stay calm through there. It’s just finding that happy medium in those areas around different parts of the racetrack.”

Persistent lightning delayed the proceedings until the early evening, with Arpin winning the first semifinal in dry conditions and Tanner Foust winning the second in wet conditions roughly four hours later to earn lane choice for the main event alongside Arpin and Joni Wiman. The showers through the afternoon made for a slippery track, with drivers struggling to find grip on the .742-mile course.

A chaotic final saw Speed take the lead initially, before Foust used the Joker Lap to reclaim the lead early on. After Foust spun from first place, collecting second-place Patrik Sandell, Speed reclaimed the lead, but after driving with the car on fire for a lap and a half, he finally had to pull off after taking the white flag. From there,

Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (I) unofficial results are as follows:

  1. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  2. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  4. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  5. Jeff Ward, #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Rhys Millen, #67 Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
  7. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  8. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  10. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST


Photo Credit: Red Bull

Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship: Auto Racing For the Millennials

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People show up at Red Bull Global Rallycross events to see their favorite drivers such as extreme sport superstars and YouTube sensations like Ken Block, Travis Pastrana, Bucky Lasek, Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust.  The paddocks are open allowing fans to walk around and get up close to their favorite drivers.  The atmosphere is fun and exciting with current tunes pumping through the speakers around the spectator stands and quick witted MC’s like Jarod DeAnda keeping audiences informed and entertained.

Is rallycross the fastest growing motorsports in the world?  It has been a popular form of racing in Europe for over 40 years but even with the well established MSA British Rallycross Championship and European Rallycross Championships, the sport had a tendency to be overshadowed by other auto sports such as Formula 1 or World Rally Championship.  But thanks to the organization of Global Rallycross Championship back in 2011 (later becoming Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in 2014) and the launch of FIA World Rallycross Championship also in 2014, rallycross has exploded around the globe and continues to gain momentum, quickly becoming a favorite form of motorsports racing.  NASCAR may still be the reigning king here in the States, but with its popularity dwindling in recent years, Red Bull Global Rallycross may be the heir apparent.

Over a week ago, Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship kicked off their 2016 season at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ.   The doubleheader event was a spectacular debut to the 2016 season with signature door-to-door battles.  GRC Supercar veteran,Tanner Foust, dominated the weekend winning both rounds.  These wins put Foust back on top as having the most Supercar wins in GRC history.


Red Bull GRC has come a long way in a short amount of time.  The series held its inaugural event on March 25, 2011 at the well known “House of Drift” Irwindale Speedway followed by events in Washington State, Colorado and California. Since that first season the series has increased to 12 rounds.  On occasion, it has expanded outside the United States to countries like Brazil, Spain and Germany.  In 2013, GRC added the Lites series, a development class aimed at producing what GRC founder Chip Pankow called “the next generation of star drivers.”  The result from the increase in rounds and the added Lites series has attracted thousands of new followers.  Particularly the generations known as X, Y, and Z.

Not only has the sport witnessed a quick growth of followers to its races, it has also witnessed a surge of drivers from other racing disciplines from around the globe vying for the chance to jump behind the rallycross wheel.  Seven-time American Motorcycle Association motocross champion, Jeff Ward; X Games superstar and Nitro Circus co-founder, Travis Pastrana; pro skateboarder, Bucky Lasek; and Formula 1 and Formula E drivers, Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr., just to name a few.


And it’s not just drivers who are itching for a chance to race in the Red Bull GRC series. Team owners have also been eager to be part of the action. Here in the states, well known team owners such as Michael Andretti, Bryan Herta and Chip Ganassi have jumped into the crazy world of rallycross. These leading teams within the NASCAR, Formula E and IndyCar arenas were able to recognize the writing on the wall, which is that rallycross is the up-and-coming auto sport of the younger generations.

“My whole childhood I grew up racing go-karts and Formula cars”, said 2015 GRC Champion, Scott Speed, “and at no point-and-time was I the cool kid in high school. Now if I could go back in time and be the kid racing rallycross, winning a X Games gold medal in high school, I’m the cool kid in high school. That’s what rallycross offers that no other motorsport in our country does.”


Photo Credit: Red Bull Global Rallycross







Linda Olsen

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Linda is a big fan of rally and rallycross. She writes and manages social media for Rallycross360.

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