Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Pre-Race Notes – Memphis International Raceway
Round 1 of 12 in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season
RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING MAKES GLOBAL RALLYCROSS DEBUT
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has added a new series to its resume with the addition of the Global Rallycross entry for Austin Dyne. The team has competed in CART, Champ Car, Toyota Atlantic, ALMS, and IMSA and also currently fields cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The M-Sport Fiesta is prepared in the team’s Hilliard, Ohio shop.
The Red Bull GRC Memphis layout will be built into Memphis International Raceway’s (MIR) 0.75-mile oval. Drivers will take to the grid at the start-finish line, launching from 0 to 60 in 1.9 seconds directly in front of the fans on site. Continuing around oval Turns 1 and 2, drivers will take a hard left off of the backstretch into the dirt section, which includes multiple turns and the series’ signature 70-foot jump. Returning to pavement, drivers will charge up the pit lane towards a complex paved section that includes multiple left-right combinations. Also included in this section is the Joker Lap, a shortcut that will allow drivers to avoid the complex corners once per race session. The rhythm section rejoins the course in oval Turn 4 to complete the circuit.
AUSTIN ON THE 2017 SEASON OPENER, WHAT’S NEW FOR 2017 AND HIS OFF SEASON
“I’m just super stocked for this season to start. First off being with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is a true honor and the people that work for this team are top notch. We have completely rebuilt this M-Sport Fiesta and I’m looking for a fresh start to the season with this group! There are a few new rules this year. One is adding another heat race and getting more points in the heats so it will be more important than ever to push hard. Not that we don’t already! As for the off-season, I have been working on building apartments. Our off season is so long apparently you can have two jobs and now I’m a real-estate developer and a race car driver.” Continue reading
Providing a behind the scenes take during his 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) season, Tanner Foust, driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (VARX), will contribute to EverythingDrift to give readers his view from behind the visor. In his first blog installment, Foust looks back on his time in the series, while looking ahead on his fourth season with the team, highlighting how he’s watched GRC evolve while previewing season-opener Memphis and his upcoming season. Continue reading