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Archives for May 2016
After Gary Peterson and Sebastian Saavedra’s AFS Racing Team scrapped their Indy 500 plans, Sebastian Saavedra has turned up in the most curious of places – Red Bull Global Rallycross. The Colombian raced his first Indy 500 in 2010 with Bryan Herta Autosport after graduating from IndyCar Lites, and has four top ten finishes.
Saavedra will make his rallycross debut in GRC’s first race of the 2016 season May 21-22 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona. Said Saavedra, “I’m really excited to make my Red Bull GRC debut this weekend in Phoenix. I’ve known a lot of the people in the series for a long time, and I’m really looking forward to adding rallycross to my resume. It’ll be the first time I’ve ever raced anything like this, so it will be a challenge that I’m excited to welcome. Four wheels and high horsepower? Sign me up any day!” He will join the Blue Oval Boys in the #77 BF Goodrich Ford Fiesta.
In other last minute announcements:
- Collete Davis has joined Rhys Millen Racing for her second year competing in GRC Lites.
- Rhys Millen has teased an image of the Veloster being loaded into the trailer, but no word on if he will actually be racing it in Phoenix.
- Tanner Whitten signed with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing along with Cabot Bingham in his Lites debut.
- Miki Weckstrom joins OMSE X Forces to compete in GRC Lites.
- Tanner Foust revealed his 2016 Volkswagen Beetle livery and calendar. He will also race at FIA World Rallycross’s World RX of Great Britain at Lydden Hill May 27-29, 2016.
- Subaru is continuing to commit to a GRC schedule with drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen, while aggressively testing the new Subaru WRX STI GRC Supercar. David Higgins, Subaru Rally Team’s 2015 Rally America champion, will assume the lead test driver role with the Rallycross team.
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With the Bull Global Rallycross season opener fast approaching May 21-22 in Phoenix, Arizona, silly season has become serious. Today Jeff Ward and SH Rallycross announced that he will be driving the #07 Ford Fiesta ST sponsored by MET-Rx in eight races in 2016. In previous GRC seasons, the #07 car was piloted by Nelson Piquet Jr. While at publication time we haven’t heard anything official from Piquet, the natural assumption is that he will be concentrating his efforts in the nascent Formula e series as he is gone from the Red Bull GRC website roster. However, Ward brings a formidable competitive edge to rallycross, including seven AMA motocross championship wins and an Indycar win in 2002 at Texas Motor Speedway. He competed at the Daytona double header and Washington DC in 2015, filling in for Brian Deegan.
Patrik Sandell has signed on for a second year with Bryan Herta Rallysport. Also piloting a Ford Fiesta ST, this will be the Swede’s fourth year competing in GRC. He had one win in Detroit in 2015 and four podium finishes.
There are a few more newcomers to Lites:
- 15 year-old Cole Keatts will compete on the OMSE team with a background in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the JR2 Kart championship
- Cabot Bigham joined Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, coming to GRC from FCC Pro Formula Mazda
- Travis Pecoy and Christian Brooks join AF Racing
- Jackie Heinricher is noticeably back off the roster, concentrating on driving a Lamborghini in the Super Trofeo series – leaving Collete Davis the sole female competitor.