2014 SEMA in Las Vegas is coming up quickly – the first week of November – and at the same time, so are the Red Bull Global Rallycross season finals. It has been an interesting year for GRC, between new series sponsors, a slightly less global schedule taking place almost exclusively in North America, and a less diverse Ford-heavy grid shared with Hyundai, Subaru, Volkswagen, and random appearances by others.
Of the four top competitors looking at the championship, three drive Ford Fiesta STs – Ken Block, Nelson Piquet Jr., and Joni Wiman. Scott Speed – by no means the odd man out, having won three races in 2014 – drives a Volkswagen Polo.
Piquet Jr. had a pretty impressive streak going on with four podium finishes in the Supercar division until the Los Angeles double-header this past September. Still, an extremely tough competitor to watch out for, along with Ken Block, who won in Las Vegas in 2013 and had an impressive five podium finishes in 2014 – two of them in LA. The competitive Wiman also brags four podiums in 2014.
Anything can happen on the course in GRC, though, so the podium in Las Vegas is up for grabs. The stalwart Rhys Millen experienced the joy and the sting of champagne spray in his first win in GRC the second day of finals in LA, and Subaru’s Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen have both fought tooth and nail to podium finishes in 2014 – Isachsen taking a solid first place in the penultimate Seattle race.
Red Bull Global Rallycross finals at the LINQ in Las Vegas will be streamed live via Red Bull TV and on the GRC website – http://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com on Wednesday November 5, 2014 from 8:00PM to 11:30PM ET.
Gallery: GRC in Los Angeles 2014