It wasn’t as smooth of a path as Saturday’s clean sweep, but Tanner Foust remained undefeated in Red Bull Global Rallycross events at Evergreen Speedway with a Supercar final victory on Sunday. Foust bested his Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Scott Speed, who had been perfect heading into the main event, with Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell finishing third.
“It’s true—Scott could have swept the title this weekend,” said Foust. “We held him off from that, but more importantly we held off Steve Arpin from gaining points. Finishing 1-2 twice puts Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in the championship 1-2 with Scott leading. It was just an amazing effort from all the guys, and I’m so happy for the whole team.”
Much like Foust on Saturday, Speed was perfect in his heats and semifinals to take the top spot heading into the main event. But a terrific start from Foust, the four-time Fan Favorite Driver of the Year, enabled him to grab a lead that he would never relinquish. Behind them, Sunday polesitter Sandell would take his second podium in the past four races, while Supercar newcomer Austin Cindric and Saturday polesitter Chris Atkinson would complete the top five.
In GRC Lites, Christian Brooks won the battle, but Cyril Raymond won the war in Sunday’s main event. After a first-lap collision claimed James Rimmer’s car and forced a red flag and restart, Raymond restarted in the lead despite missing his entire hood and front bumper, but Brooks used a later Joker Lap strategy to make the pass and take his third victory of the season. Still, second-place points were enough for Raymond to claim the 2017 Lites title—his second in eight days, after earning the European title in France last weekend.
Full Supercar results from Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle II are as follows:
- Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
- Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
- Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
- Austin Cindric, #19 Bryan Herta Rallysport
- Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
- Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
- Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
- Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
- Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
- Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship will conclude on October 13-14 with th championship final in Los Angeles. Once again, the season will come down to the final race with the champion to be determined. Stay tuned to RedBullGRC.com and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @GRCseries for more information.
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
For the fourth consecutive year, NBC Sports will provide comprehensive Red Bull Global Rallycross coverage on NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.
NBC and NBCSN will combine to produce more than 20 telecasts of the Red Bull GRC Supercar and GRC Lites series, and all events will be live streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.
“This year’s Red Bull GRC telecast schedule on NBC and NBCSN will feature more racing action and original content than ever before, with over 24 hours of coverage between Supercar and GRC Lites action,” said Red Bull GRC CEO, Colin Dyne. “NBC Sports remains one of our most valued partners, and we look forward to working together again to deliver another great year of racing in 2017.”
“Red Bull Global Rallycross offers a unique brand of racing that viewers connect with,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “The pace of GRC races combined with the skill of these drivers makes for riveting competition every time the cars hit the track.” Continue reading