Exciting doesn’t even come close to describing this weekends Red Bull Global Rallycross double header events being held at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. First, the drivers will be vying to gain maximum points as they enter the last half of the season making this race weekend particularly intense for the drivers and fans. Second, we will see the return of Travis Pastrana and third, we will FINALLY get to see the highly anticipated VW Beetle make its debut.
This weekend will be a crucial weekend for the drivers of Red Bull Global Rallycross. With only four events left to go in the season, this weekends doubleheader will give them a chance to build up their points toward the championship. Ford will also be going for their fourth consecutive manufacturer title. They currently have a 231-point lead over Volkswagen and can bring home the title as long as they maintain a lead of 227 points or more after Saturdays final.
Appearing this weekend in both rounds with the Subaru Rally Team USA, will be the one and only Travis Pastrana. Because he is driving as a guest entry and is not racing the full 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, there are no points on the line which means a little less pressure. Pastrana is looking forward to this weekends race. “I love being here, my wife and all of her family and friends are obviously in LA. I looked at the track map before I committed, but I was like ‘this is gonna be good!’ It’s cool because you have a little elevation change out there. The joker is really good—on some of the other ones, the joker is tough because you can take and maybe not make a pass, but here it adds some separation.”
And then there is the VW Beetle…. just when we were about to give up on the idea that Herbie would ever show it’s front bumper to the public, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross pulls through and appropriately debuts the Super Beetle in the hometown area of Red Bull GRC. Even though it’s called a Beetle, this is definitely a Herbie-no-more. This monster of a race car is more appropriately referred to as The Incredible Herbie Hulk flexing its muscles and staring down the competition with its steely eyes. This is not your fathers VW bug. Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles: Tanner Foust’s New Ride : http://youtu.be/xnT2-V4U500
Of course, we cannot forget to mention current points leader, Nelson Piquet Jr., who has done an excellent job of racing this season but who realizes this will be a challenging track and he will be working hard to maintain his current lead position. “I went out as soon as I arrived—it’s always difficult to say from walking but it’s going to be a hard track.” says Piquet, “It’s going to be high speed, but there’s a very small margin of error. There are a lot of walls around, like a street course in open wheel sort of thing, so it’s good that I had that practice last weekend a little bit. But you’ll go into sharp corners and there’s not a lot of space for mistakes, so I think it’s going to make drivers think twice before really driving limits on the time, abusing and going over the kerbs. There’s not going to be any margin for error, so all the drivers are going to be much more careful over here before they do anything.”
Here are a couple of race format notes provided by Red Bull Global Rallycross for this weekend’s events:
· Round 7 (the first segment of the doubleheader) will take place on Friday and Saturday. It will feature the standard Red Bull GRC Supercars race format: two rounds of points-paying heats, semifinals, a last chance qualifier, and a final.
· Round 8 (the second segment of the doubleheader) will take place on Saturday and Sunday. It will feature only one round of points-paying heats. In lieu of the second round of heats, the semifinals will also pay points.
· As a guest entry committed to fewer than five races in the 2014 Red Bull GRC season, Travis Pastrana will not be scored for points in this weekend’s events. When awarding points at the end of the event, the series scores championship competitors in relation to one another. For example, if a non-points competitor is to win the event, the second place finisher receives first-place points, the third place competitor receives second-place points, and so forth.
TUNE IN INFORMATION:
Saturday, September 20, 5PM ET on NBC (live) and liveextra.nbcsports.com
Sunday, September 21, 5PM ET on NBC (live) and liveextra.nbcsports.com
Nelson Piquet Jr., 245
Ken Block, 205
Scott Speed, 190
Joni Wiman, 188
Steve Arpin, 170
Patrik Sandell, 159
Sverre Isachsen, 142
Tanner Foust, 140
Bucky Lasek, 130
Austin Dyne, 114
Brian Deegan, 85
Rhys Millen, 70
Emma Gilmour, 27
Pat Moro, 5
Information provided by Red Bull Global Rallycross