A Review of the Current List of Red Bull Global Rallycross Rookies
Emma Gilmour, the first female driver in Global Rallycross history, has joined Rhys Millen Racing for the full 2014 season. Gilmour is a successful rally driver from New Zealand, where Millen is from as well. The team will run Hyundai Veloster SuperCars with backing from Hyundai again this year. Tyler Benson will join the team in the GRC Lites category.
Gilmour has been competing in rally since 2002 and plans to continue competing in the New Zealand rallies this season as well. She also owns a Suzuki dealership in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Sarah Burgess is the second female in GRC, making her debut at X Games Austin. Burgess is originally from Australia but moved to the U.S. to pursue her racing dreams. She runs her own team, BMI Racing, along with her husband. She’ll drive a Chevy Sonic.
Joni Wiman will make his SuperCar debut this year after dominating the GRC Lites last year, winning every race. He earned himself a seat in an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta and will run alongside teammate Patrik Sandell.
Austin Dyne will race in SuperCars with Barracuda Racing.
Dyne competed in GRC Lites last year, earning one podium finish, and raced a full season in stock cars at the same time. For 2014 he’ll concentrate on just rallycross, driving the OlsbergsMSE-built Ford Fiesta driven by Scott Speed last year.
Danny Way, legendary skateboarder, is jumping in the Rallycross with a Prodrive Mini. Following in the footsteps of Travis Pastrana and Brian Degan, Way hopes his Xtreme athletic abilities will transfer over to the race track.
Austin Cindric and Blake Fuller will share a GRC Lites car on the Go Puck/Nightrain Global Rallycross Team. Due to time constraints neither will run a full season.
Fuller comes from the rally side of car racing, having been named Pike’s Peak Rookie of the Year in 1999 and then winning the race in 2002. Fuller owns Braille Battery, which produces lightweight battery units for cars in Indy and GRC Lites. He also owns Go Puck, which produces mobile USB battery chargers.
Cindric is the 15-year-old son of Penske president Tim Cindric. He’ll compete in several different series this year. His older brother, Tanner, a high school senior, owns the apparel company Nightrain and is one of Austin’s sponsors.
Fuller and Cindric will compete against returning Lites drivers Mitchell de Jong, Geoffrey Sykes, Kevin Eriksson, and Brent Lee.