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
AMPTON DOWNS & MAZDA PRESENT MAD MIKE’S SUMMER BASH
Drift / Gymkhana / Cruise
Time Attack Unlimited Outlaws
Meguiar’s Hard Park
Hampton Downs, Mazda and New Zealand drift superstar ‘Mad Mike’ Whiddett have joined forces to bring you the biggest one day drift event of 2017 – Mad Mike’s Summer Bash!
They say it takes a village, to build the Red Bull Racing Australia drift spec VF Holden Commodore Supercar, that would be an understatement.
With a completely custom front end steering assembly, new wide body aero package and the world’s first Supercars Championship race car with a handbrake. The Red Bull Racing Australia project ‘Night Drift’ Supercar really is one of a kind.
Formula Drift returned to New Jersey for the 11th year. Mad Mike competed with a limited schedule in 2015, missing the New Jersey round. His only previous visit to Wall Speedway was in 2010 when he competed in the 20BT BADBUL (RX8).
Thursday practice was successful with the team dialing in the suspension on RADBUL for the new course layout. Leaving the course with confidence, Mad Mike looked forward to qualifying the next day.
However, Friday would prove to be no simple task. The team noticed a mechanical engine issue in the morning when they took RADBUL out for a test lap during practice. After deciding not to chance it in RADBUL, Chris Forsberg offered Mad Mike the opportunity to compete in his newly built, FD spec street car. While the team was making last minute changes to the car minutes before qualifying, FD staff notified them of a technical rule that would not allow Mad Mike to qualify in another car.
Unfortunately, this meant the end of the weekend for Mad Mike. This did not stop him from greeting the fans and watching his fellow drifters compete.