With all the recent news in the world of Rallycross of late… from WorldRX, EuroRX, the first two rounds of the MSA BritishRX and the creation of the Australian Rallycross Championship, heres an update of stories for the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship…
VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS CONFIRMS RED BULL GRC DRIVER LINEUP
After a strong performance in its inaugural season, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team is ready to challenge for this year’s driver and manufacturer titles in the Global Rallycross Championship. In 2015, the team will be on the attack with two Beetle GRC race cars, which debuted in the final races of 2014.
The race cars were designed and engineered specifically for the Red Bull Global Rallycross series. The Beetle GRC technical highlights include a 544 horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder TSI® turbocharged and intercooled engine, which is mated to a sequential six-speed transmission and a fixed-ratio all-wheel-drive system. With this race-ready configuration, the Beetle GRC is expected to reach 60 mph from rest in 2.1 seconds, as fast as a Formula 1 race car.
Scott Speed will be returning to the team after recording three victories in the 2014 season and earning third in the 2014 driver’s championship. Prior to rallycross, Speed competed in Formula 1 in 2006 and 2007, and NASCAR between 2008 and 2013.
2014 GRC fan favorite Tanner Foust will again be racing the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle GRC. Foust, GRC champion in 2011 and 2012 and runner-up in 2013, is also widely recognized for his rally driving skills, his stunt driving, and hosting the U.S. version of “Top Gear”.
CHIP GANASSI ENTERS RED BULL GRC
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. announced the formation of a two-car team in the Supercar class of Red Bull Global Rallycross with new partner Loenbro and drivers Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin. CGRT joins the vibrant and growing series and looks to continue its history of on-track success while also complementing the team’s continued focus on reaching millennials as a vehicle to grow interest in motorsports.
CGRT joins forces with energy services and construction company Loenbro, which serves clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond, to field the two-car team out of CGRT’s Concord, N.C.-based shop that houses their NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series programs. Founding brothers Paul and Jon Leach are entrepreneurs who built a company on a foundation of strong core values and a tireless effort to exceed clients’ expectations, and have had life-long personal interests in the world of motorsports.
The 16-time X-Games medalist Deegan will pilot the No. 38 RockStar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST, with teammate Arpin in the No. 00 ENEOS Ford Fiesta ST. Arpin will run the full 12-race calendar, with Deegan competing in seven races. The two will also compete in X Games Austin this summer as it returns to Circuit of the Americas from June 4-7.
FORD OMSE CONFIRM 2015 RED BULL GRC PLANS
Defending champions Olsbergs MSE announce their return to the worldwide rallycross stage with a full roster of drivers preparing for an international, multi-championship campaign. The team finished atop the podium in both classes of Red Bull Global Rallycross last season and is again aiming for global dominance.
“We have the best young talents in the world driving for OMSE this season,” said team owner Andreas Eriksson. “Our philosophy is to promote drivers through the ranks and support them with the best equipment. Our lineup shows a huge amount of potential in 2015.”
In Red Bull Global Rallycross, defending champion Joni Wiman returns to the team in the Red Bull / Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST, this year joined by Supercars newcomer Mitchell DeJong in the Red Bull Ford Fiesta ST.
OMSE returns to competition with support from technical partner Ford. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with the Olsbergs MSE Ford team in Red Bull Global Rallycross,” said Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing.
“The team and its Fiesta ST program have won four straight championships in Red Bull Global Rallycross. They’ve got an excellent platform with a young and talented driver lineup. We’re really looking forward to the 2015 season.”
OMSE Ford Fiesta rallycross cars are class of the field at any race they enter. The powerful, 600-horsepower all-wheel drive Supercars machines are top performers that have scored countless wins and podiums at races around the world.
DeJong, at 17, is the youngest driver in Red Bull Global Rallycross. He won all but two races in the 2014 GRC Lites development series and will step up to the top Supercars class for the first time in 2015.
Teammate Wiman transitions from the rookie to an expert role on the team as he returns to defend his 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross drivers’ title. The 21-year-old driver earned five podiums last season — three second-place finishes and two thirds — en route to his first drivers’ title.
OMSE’s campaigns in rallycross are guided by the new team slogan “Extreme Forces,” representing their united worldwide challenge for rallycross dominance. Fans can follow the team across social media platforms using the #OMSE #XForces hashtags.
The successful Lites development series will also return in 2015 with a full calendar supporting Red Bull Global Rallycross. Confirmed for OMSE’s 2015 GRC Lites squad are young American Austin Cindric and Swede Oliver Eriksson.
The OMSE organization is led by Andreas Eriksson, himself a championship rally and rallycross driver. He is supported by Chief Financial Officer Jan-Erik Steen and three-time European Rallycross Champion Jussi Pinomäki.
SH RACING RALLYCROSS RETURN TO RED BULL GRC WITH PIQUET JNR
SH Racing Rallycross announced it will return to the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship for the 2015 season with International Racer and X GAMES medalist Nelson Piquet Jr. behind the wheel.
The team also unveiled a fresh look on its OMSE built Factory Ford Fiesta ST with new Primary sponsorship from HYDROXYCUT. The No. 07 will showcase the newly revealed HYDROXYCUT livery at seven of twelve Red Bull GRC races this year, as well as the 2015 Austin X GAMES.
Commenting on the twin announcements, SH Racing Rallycross team owner James “Sulli” Sullivan said, “Last year we laid the foundation and this year we’re building the house. Not only do we have continuity with Nelson, but the 2015 team we’ve built is stronger and smarter than last year. I’m stoked!”
SH Rallycross had a break out first season contending for the RedBull Global Rallycross Championship its first year in the series with four consecutive podiums including taking Bronze at the Summer X GAMES with Piquet Jr. behind the wheel.
Piquet Jr., who quickly adapted to Rallycross with SH in 2014, spent four years working his way up the NASCAR ranks. During his NASCAR career, Piquet Jr. became the first Brazilian to visit Victory Lane in the Nationwide Series by taking the checkered flag at Road America in 2012. He is best known for his time in Formula 1 with the ING Renault team, starting as a test driver and graduating to a full-time ride. He also won the Formula E event in Long Beach.
“I am really looking forward to competing again with SH Rallycross in this year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship,” Piquet Jr. said. “It’s a series that I absolutely love. I had so much fun last year. Together we achieved a lot and had numerous podiums and a lot of highlights. We didn’t get that elusive win, but this year that is very much our expectation. The team and set up we have this year is a different ballgame.”
Piquet Jr. went on to say, “SH Rallycross is mixing IndyCar engineering with Rallycross knowhow and our aim is to make a step up from last year and be consistently competing at the top end of the action. It’s also really exciting to have Hydroxycut on board. They’ve been involved with motorsports now for three years and already have Indy 500 and Toronto GP wins under their belt – I’m aiming to add a GRC win to that tally for them! The start of the season can’t come quick enough.”
SH Rallycross expects to make another major sponsorship announcement in the coming weeks which shall include the unveiling of the sponsor and livery for the season opening race in Ft. Lauderdale on May 31st.
BRYAN HERTA AUTOSPORT ENTER RED BULL GRC WITH DYNE & SANDELL
Indianapolis 500 championship team owner Bryan Herta has announced his expansion into the Red Bull Global Rallyseries with the launch of Bryan Herta Rallysport. Along with partner Sean Jones of 7R, Inc., BHR will field two teams in the GRC Supercar series and one in the GRC Lites category.
American Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar driver, Austin Dyne will run for Bryan Herta Rallysport team in 2015. Dyne will drive the Castrol MAGNATEC sponsored #14 BHR prepared car beginning at the 2015 series debut race in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on May 30th. 2015 will be Dyne’s second season in the GRC Supercars after eight straight finals and posting a top five at X-Games in his rookie year. Dyne, 23, was Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in 2012. While running the K&N Pro Series in 2013, Dyne also made the transition to GRC.
Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar driver, Patrik Sandell of Sweden will run for Bryan Herta Rallysport in 2015. Sandell will pilot the No.18 Kobalt Tools BHR prepared entry beginning at the series debut race in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. on May 30. Sandell, who won the Washington, D.C. round of GRC in 2014, will combine his vast rally racing experience with the depth and knowledge of an Indianapolis 500 winning team to challenge for the GRC Supercar title. The former Junior World Rally Championship winner finished sixth in both the 2013 and 2014 GRC Supercar championships.
Herta has been looking into expansion and diversification outside of the Verizon IndyCar Series since the team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500. The schedule and business plan of the Red Bull Global Rallycross series presented just the opportunity Herta and his business partners desired.
The team will be based in the Bryan Herta Autosport shop in Indianapolis, IN. BHR will campaign All Wheel Drive Rallycross M-Sport built cars capable of 650-horsepower. Longtime IndyCar engineer Brian Page will oversee the team’s technical development and day-to-day operations, and Nick Franzosi will be the crew chief.
RED BULL CONFIRM CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSORSHIP TO 2017
Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne confirmed a two-year extension with series title partner Red Bull, taking the two parties’ deal through 2017.
So with Chip Ganassi Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport joining the series, Red Bull GRC is looking good for another year of expansion and interest and heated competition.
Keep an eye out for further updates on the blog during the season!!!
All the best!