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Inaugural Get Schooled with Mason Mitchell Set for September 10, 2014
Mason Mitchell Motorsports and Mason Mitchell are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Dirt Track Racing School. Based in Stanley, NC, the Dirt Track Racing School offers fans and motorsports enthusiasts the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their favorite dirt race vehicle.
The Dirt Track Racing School will be an associate sponsor on the No. 98 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford Fusion for both of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards dirt track events. These races include Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 17) and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 1). In addition, fans have the chance to spend a day with Mason at the Dirt Track Racing School on September 10during the Inaugural Get Schooled with Mason Mitchell event.
Fans that purchase the Get Schooled with Mason Mitchell experience will receive 25 laps behind the wheel of either a sprint car, late model, or modified of their choice! Only a limited amount of spots available for this one of a kind experience. Furthermore, fans will be able to take pictures with Mason, enjoy a Southern BBQ, and receive an event exclusive shirt and hat. Those interested in learning more or purchasing a package can visit http://bit.ly/GetSchooledwithMasonMitchell.
“This is a great opportunity for my team and I. Being able to put on an event with people across the nation and meet with fans is awesome,” Mason Mitchell, driver of the No. 98 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford Fusion said. “Racing dirt is a lot different than asphalt, they're two totally different animals, but as a driver you have to adapt and overcome those differences. I would love to get in the sprint car, but I really want to drive the late model since I raced late models on pavement." Mason Mitchell will get behind the wheel to drive a late model on dirt during the event, another great reason for fans to purchase!
“The Dirt Track Racing School is happy and excited to be teaming up with Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Mason's success with ARCA has been very exciting to watch, especially with his break through win in Chicago,” Keith and Donna Frye, Owners and Operators of the Dirt Track Racing School said. “We are really looking forward to the Inaugural "Get Schooled with Mason Mitchell" event at East Lincoln Speedway on September 10 and hope we get to meet several of Mason’s biggest fans!”
About Dirt Track Racing School: The Dirt Track Racing School concept offers both racers and racing fans alike the chance to drive on dirt in three different types of racecars. The Dirt Track Racing School operates year-round at East Lincoln Speedway in Stanley, NC. For more information please visit www.DriveonDirt.com, and “like” them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/DirtTrackRacingSchool.
About Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM): Mason Mitchell Motorsports made their ARCA Racing Series debut in the 2012 season. Currently fielding one full time ARCA Racing Series Ford Fusion driven by Mason Mitchell, MMM also provides racecar driver development programs for auto racing drivers. Follow Mason Mitchell Motorsports’ social media pages, Twitter - @MMM_Race and Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Mason-Mitchell-Motorsports. Also, follow Mason on his personal Twitter account, @TheMasonRacin.
Grant Enfinger, driver of the No. 90 Motor Honey/Casite, Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, finished fourth in Friday night’s SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care ARCA Racing Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway. It was his debut with GMS Racing. With the finish, Enfinger now leads by 40 points in the season-long drivers’ standings and secured his seventh top-five finish of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. Enfinger posted the 15th-fastest time during the afternoon qualifying session, mirroring his final practice lap when he turned in a 22.828-second lap time. The Fairhope, Ala. native started his No. 90 Motor Honey/Casite, Allegiant Travel Chevrolet from 15th and was able to pick up a couple positions over the course of the opening green flag run, working his way to the 10th position before the first caution flag of the race flew on Lap 52. Crew chief Ryan “Pickle” London called Enfinger down pit road for four tires, fuel and both an air pressure and wedge adjustment to combat the tight-on-entry and loose-on-exit handling conditions Enfinger was battling. Decisive work by the No. 90 Motor Honey/Casite, Allegiant Travel pit crew resulted in Enfinger restarting the race in the fifth position on Lap 61, and he radioed to London that the adjustments already felt good under the remaining caution laps. By Lap 63, Enfinger made the pass for second-place and set his sights on the back bumper of the race leader and only seven laps later Enfinger took the race lead at the Brownsburg, Ind. facility. Enfinger settled into a focused rhythm, despite a racecar that was tight, and when a Lap 101 caution flag flew with Enfinger running in third place, London called for him to stay out. Under the final caution period on Lap 159 gave London a chance to adjust the No. 90 chassis for the remaining sprint, and this time he called for four tires and fuel. Enfinger restarted the race in the eighth position on Lap 163, and the 29-year-old driver put together impressive lap after lap to maneuver to the front over the final green flag run, and took the checkered flag in fourth. Enfinger was awarded with the “CGS Imaging Hard Charger” of the race for improving his finish by eleven positions.
Start - 15 Finish - 4 Laps Led – 26
Grant Enfinger Quote:
“It was a great effort at Lucas Oil Raceway by everyone at GMS Racing. In practice, we unloaded not quite where we needed to be and made some big swings. (Crew chief) “Pickle” threw a bunch of stuff at it all night. We were able to drive up in the top-10 pretty quick, and the GMS Racing pit crew got us in the top-five on that first pit stop. We were able to lead some laps and we ended up finishing fourth. I cannot wait to get to Pocono Raceway next weekend.”
Electrical issues ended Justin Allison’s night early at Lucas Oil Raceway in the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200.
“I couldn’t quite get comfortable with the track until the end of the second practice session,” says Allison. “The car felt great during practice, it just took me some time to learn the track and get use to it. We finally had a great run during qualifying and I was looking forward to a strong finish during the race.”
Allison posted the 5th fastest lap time during Menard’s Pole Qualifying. As the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 progressed, Allison kept inside the top-10. When the first caution came out, Crew Chief Teddy Brown made the call for a track bar adjustment, a change of four Hoosier tires and to cap the No. 88 HaVACo Ford with Sunoco fuel, sending Allison out to 6th for the restart.
Allison maintained his position up until the second caution of the race. A few of the cars on the lead lap took tires while Allison stayed out to keep track position.
The third caution flew on lap 160 of 200 and the leader was involved in a crash. Brown once again brought the No. 88 Ford Fusion down pit road so the crew could service the car with four tires and make a track bar adjustment.
Allison lined up for the remaining laps. Once the green flag flew, the No. 88 Havacosales.com Ford made contact with the wall entering turn 1. With right side damage, the rookie would maintain the ninth position up until lap 197 when the No. 88 Ford starting backing down. Team BCR thought the car was out of fuel until realizing there were electrical issues. Allison finished the race in 13th, ending his top-10 streak.
“We were tight off and on throughout the race,” says Allison. “The car was strong all day and I was able to learn a lot from this track. Howard (Bixman) gave me advice all day, which helped me gain my confidence and improve our performance. I want to thank Team BCR for giving me a good car and we appreciate the support from our partners, Havacosales.com and Rush Racing Products. I’m really excited to get back to Pocono, since we ran really well there in June.”
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Chris Eggleston knows his way around Colorado National Speedway. The local driver put that experience to good use on Saturday night in winning the NAPA AUTO PARTS/Toyota 150 in just his second appearance in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
The 25-year-old from nearby Erie wheeled his Bill McAnally Racing No. 99 NAPA Filters/H2O Fire Protection Toyota out front early and then chose the outside line on restarts to successfully fend off challenges for the lead.
“All the NAPA AUTO PARTS guys and NAPA Filters guys worked so hard,” said Eggleston. “The whole Bill McAnally Racing team gave me a great car for tonight’s 150. It was just stellar. We struggled a little bit in practice on the short runs, but this car was phenomenal on the long runs.”
Eggleston, who has competed in Super Late Models and won the Legends division title at the 3/8-mile Colorado track just north of Denver, credited his experience there in choosing to take the outside lane on restarts.
“That’s probably where the hometown advantage came into play,” he said. “I usually know how this track races as it progresses. I knew when he gave me the outside, we could roll the top pretty good and conserve our tires pretty good,” he said. “We were better on the bottom in (turns) 3 and 4. I moved around a little bit to try to find the right speed. It ended up being the bottom in 3 and 4 and the top in (turns) 1 and 2 seemed to be the best tire conservation lane and the fastest, as well.”
Eggleston admitted, meanwhile, that he became concerned as the laps wound down.
“I got a little nervous there at the end,” he said. “We started abusing that right rear (tire) pretty hard, but we had just enough to beat the Sunrise Ford team. I’m so excited. The NAPA Filters guys got to be out here in hospitality and got to witness the win. It’s great to get a win for those guys, as well as my hometown crowd.”
After waiting out a rain delay of nearly 50 minutes for the start of the race, Eggleston charged from third on the grid to take second on Lap 35 and grabbed the lead six circuits later. He stretched his lead to more than two seconds by the midway point of the event, but saw that margin erased by the first of three cautions in the second half of the race. On each restart, however, Eggleston took the outside line and was able to reclaim the top spot.
The final restart came within 10 laps of the finish, with Eggleston charging back out front and winning by a margin of .434 seconds. In doing so, he delivered BMR with its fourth win at CNS and became the 10th different winner in 12 series races there.
Eggleston finished 11th in his only previous NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, at CNS in 2011.
While Eggleston wrapped up his first career series win, his BMR teammate Brandon McReynolds finished fifth in the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota at CNS – marking his sixth top-five finish in eight series starts this season.
The 23-year-old from Mooresville, North Carolina started the race on the outside of the front row after turning in the second quickest time during qualifying earlier in the day. He was able to take the lead 22 laps into the event, but fell back five circuits later. He slipped as far back as sixth, before battling his way back to the top five.
McReynolds, a member of the NASCAR Next program that spotlights NASCAR’s rising starts, remains third in the championship standings in his first full season of competing in the series. In addition to his six top-five finishes, he has one pole and seven top-10 finishes.
Dungey Posts Most Dominant Effort of 2014 at Washougal, Gains Considerable Ground in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship FightWritten by Adam Sinclair Sunday, 27 July 2014 11:25
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returned to the west coast on Saturday afternoon with its annual visit to the Pacific Northwest and Washougal MX Park for the Motosport.com Washougal National, presented by Peterson CAT. For the second time in the last three rounds, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey topped the 450 Class, posting his first 1-1 sweep of the season for his third overall victory of 2014 and gaining significant ground in the championship standings. In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin duplicated the efforts of his premier class teammate, earning the first 1-1 sweep of his career en route to his first win of the season.
Washougal's trophies are always in the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX's Justin Brayton was first out of the turn in the opening 450 Class moto, securing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award just ahead of Dungey. The KTM rider wasted little time in making his move on Brayton and took over control of the lead on the opening lap while his closest rivals, Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen and GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac, battled from behind. With a clear track ahead of him, Dungey was able to consistently pull away but the battled behind him proved to be the highlight of the moto.
Roczen was able to pass Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard for second on Lap 4 and looked to settle into the position, but Tomac was on a charge through the field following an 11th-place start. The Honda rookie and winner at the previous round methodically moved his way forward and had Roczen in his sights after taking over third on Lap 5. In the ensuing laps Tomac steadily closed the gap on his fellow rookie and after about five laps of pursuit, made the move for the runner-up spot on Lap 10.
Out front, Dungey took the moto win by nearly 14 seconds with Tomac second and Roczen third. Canard followed in fourth while Monster Energy Kawasaki's Brett Metcalfe rounded out the top five.
Dungey's best outing of 2014 came at the right time, gaining 10 points in the championship.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Brayton once again put himself at the forefront of the field at the start of Moto 2, sweeping the afternoon's Motosport.com Holeshot Awards. Metcalfe and BTO Sports KTM's Andrew Short rounded out the top three off the start, with Dungey in fourth. Tomac slotted in a few spots behind Dungey in about seventh, while Roczen was forced to battle his way from a start outside the top 10.
As he did in the first moto, Dungey seized the opportunity on the opening lap and jumped from fourth to first in one corner, immediately pulling away. Tomac wasted little time following Dungey through, moving into the top three, picking off multiple riders to secure second by Lap 2. While the lead duo checked out, Roczen was doing his part by fighting his way into a podium position. While he had to do battle with Metcalfe over the course of several laps for third, Roczen eventually made the pass stick and asserted himself in the final podium spot.
The top three stayed the same through to the finish, with Dungey crossing the line over eight seconds ahead of Tomac. Roczen was a distant third.
"Today was just about coming in and not worrying about the championship. There's a lot of racing left [this season]," said Dungey, who won for the fourth time in five tries in the 450 Class at Washougal. "We just tried to put out our best effort and we did that. We got great starts and Eli [Tomac] kept us honest in that second moto, but I just really tried to put the hammer down and extend the gap. Fortunately we did that. I love it here [at Washougal] and this just feels awesome."
Dungey's win was a landmark one, marking the 30th of his 450 Class career and his 37th combined victory (including the 250 Class) in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Tomac followed in second (2-2) with Roczen completing the podium in third (3-3). Metcalfe posted a season-best finish in fourth (5-4), while Short rounded out the top five (6-5).
"You always want to be up front, but it was another weekend of work for us," said Roczen. "It'll be good to have an off weekend and recharge the batteries. Ryan [Dungey] rode really well today and congrats to him. I'll take some time to regroup and get some rest in. I really want to keep that red plate [as the points leader]. All that matters is who's on top in the end, and we aren't there just yet."
With 10 points in Dungey's favor on Saturday, Roczen's lead in the 450 Class standings now sits at 14 points. Canard sits third, 77 points behind.
Tomac and Roczen went bar-to-bar in the first moto.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
In the 250 Class, Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Christophe Pourcel led the field into the first turn in Moto 1, claiming the Motosport.com Holeshot Award ahead of Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Jeremy Martin. The French rider fended off the current championship points leader for a brief period, but Martin soon made his way around and set a solid pace. Behind them, Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin took advantage of a third-place start to challenge the two Yamaha's ahead of him. He passed his fellow Frenchman Pourcel on Lap 1 and went to work on Martin for three laps before ultimately moving into first. Once out front, Musquin pulled away and was never threatened.
While Musquin established his dominance, the battle behind him turned into a captivating five-rider battle between Pourcel and Martin, in addition to Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett, Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Cooper Webb. A mistake forced Martin to drop from second to fifth, putting the battle for second between Pourcel and Baggett. Eventually Baggett made the pass on Pourcel, but gave the position back just one lap later.
Anderson began to put pressure on Baggett for third but suffered a big crash and dropped deep into the field. That allowed Webb to assume the position after passing his teammate and soon all four riders were separated by just over a second. As he looked to close in again on Pourcel, Baggett went down and fell to fifth, while the Star Yamaha teammates of Webb and Martin swapped third on multiple occasions.
In the end, Musquin cruised to his first moto win of the season by over eight seconds ahead of Pourcel while a late pass by Webb with two laps to go awarded him third over Martin. Baggett soldiered home to finish fifth.
Musquin's win ends a 16-race drought for the Frenchman.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Pourcel raced to his fourth straight Motosport.com Holeshot Award in the final moto, with GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle on his rear fender. Bogle took advantage of the strong start to pass Pourcel on the opening lap and assume control of the moto. Behind them, Musquin and Baggett also were looking to make the most of their strong starts, while Martin and Webb jockeyed for position deeper in the field.
While Bogle maintained a strong pace out front, Musquin made the move on Pourcel for second and set his sights on the lead. Pourcel continued to lose positions and eventually dropped out of contention up front. Bogle was impressive in his defense of the position and was able to keep Musquin at bay for the majority of the moto. However, on Lap 9 the Frenchman made his move and easily pulled away once out front. Bogle then fell into the clutches of Baggett, who rebounded from his misfortune in the opening moto to put himself in podium contention. Baggett methodically wore Bogle down and the Honda rider soon tipped over to put Baggett into second. Bogle quickly recovered to hold on to third, but then had to fight off Martin for the position in the final stages of the moto.
Musquin maintained his lead on Baggett through to the finish, while Bogle was able to hold on for third. The victory was Musquin's first since the fourth round of the 2013 season and comes off his best finish of the season a week ago. He now has four career wins in the 250 Class.
"I'm so glad, that was a perfect day. I was fastest qualifying and got both moto wins," said Musquin. "It was my first time in American going 1-1 [in motos]. My teammate Ryan [Dungey] went 1-1 and I wanted to join him. I found an outside line that helped me make passes all day and I'm really happy to know I got some good starts and was able to make the passes I needed to get into the lead."
Baggett's runner-up effort in the final moto helped him finish second overall (5-2), while Martin (4-4) edged out his teammate Webb (3-5) for third, needing a tiebreaker to finish on the podium. Bogle completed the top five (7-3).
Martin was steady all afternoon and retained his comfortable points lead.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
"I'm pumped," exclaimed Martin. "Last year I went 29-12 at Washougal and this year I went 4-4, so I'm super, super happy. I was able to get some good starts, find some good lines and get into a rhythm."
Martin retained control of his lead in the 250 Class standings, with a 43-point lead over Webb. Baggett sits third, 54 points back.
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take a week off before returning to action on Saturday, August 9, with the 10th round of the season from Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y. Action for the Red Bull Unadilla National begins at 1 p.m. ET.
Baggett made his return to the forefront of the field.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Motosport.com Washougal National
Washougal MX Park - Washougal, Washington
July 26, 2014
Round 9 of 12
450 Class (Moto Finish)
450 Class Championship Standings
250 Class (Moto Finish)
250 Class Championship Standings
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Chris Eggleston used knowledge of his home track to his advantage against the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West regulars.
Making just his second career series start, Eggleston led a race-high 107 laps and held off the top championship contenders in the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150 from Colorado National Speedway on Saturday en route to his first series victory.
The 25-year-old driver from nearby Erie, Colorado, has about a dozen Super Late Model wins in the track's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I, and won the track’s Legends Division championship last year. He made his first K&N Pro Series West start at this event in 2011 and finished 11th.
Dylan Lupton made a late charge following a Lap 139 caution but couldn’t overtake Eggleston. He finished .434-seconds back for his fifth top five of the season and second runner-up finish. Lupton was followed by teammate James Bickford, championship points leader Greg Pursley and Brandon McReynolds.
Thomas Martin was sixth, followed by Brett Thompson, Bill Kann, John Wood and Jairo Avila.
Coors Light Pole Award winner David Mayhew led early in the event, but was overtaken by McReynolds on Lap 22. He would continue to contend for the lead until an accident on Lap 81 forced him to pit road. Mayhew would return to the track just before Lap 100, finishing the event in the 14th position.
Lupton was able to take a couple points off Pursley’s lead, with is now 25 after eight of 14 races. McReynolds is third in points, followed by Mayhew and Bickford.
Brandon Jones and Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) came into Lucas Oil Raceway looking to make it two-for-two in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2014. The day got started off in the right way, as Jones and the No. 4 Exide team posted the quickest laps in both practice sessions. The 17-year-old followed this up by capturing the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell, breaking the track record with a time of 22.268 seconds. This is the first pole award for Jones in the ARCA Racing Series in just his second-career start. Jones used the momentum from the day to put on quite a show all night, ultimately capturing the victory, making him two-for-two in two-career ARCA starts.
When the race began, Jones quickly settled into second after starting the race from the pole position. Jones remained in second until lap 55, when under caution, crew chief Shane Huffman elected to leave the No. 4 Exide Chevrolet on the racetrack, putting Jones into the race lead. The strategy implemented was different from others on the racetrack and caused Jones to slip through the field slightly when the race resumed, as the Georgia native had older tires than the others competitors on the racetrack. By lap 78, Jones had settled into 10th, looking to hold his position until the next caution to place four fresh Hoosier tires on the No. 4 Chevrolet. The caution came for Jones on lap 101, allowing the 17-year-old to bring his Chevrolet down pit road to the attention of the crew. Under caution, Huffman called for four tires and fuel while making an air-pressure adjustment. When the race resumed on lap 110, Jones was in the 10th position, but had great speed as the No. 4 TSM Chevy quickly moved up to the seventh position by lap 111. By lap 123, Jones was back into the top five and looked poised to challenge for his second-career ARCA win. Jones moved back into second on lap 139, looking to reel in the race leader. The final caution of the race flew on lap 156, when the race leader was involved in the incident, ultimately moving Jones from second into the race lead. A blazing-fast pit stop by the No. 4 crew kept Jones in the lead as the race resumed on lap 165. Jones took off on the race's final restart and never looked back. Jones showed the pure speed behind the No. 4 Exide Chevy, while also conserving his stuff should a late-race caution fly. That, however, wasn't the case, as Jones led the final 44 laps of the race, bringing the total for the day to 51 laps led en route to Jones' second-career ARCA win in just his second start. Jones continues to add to the winning tradition for TSM in the ARCA Racing Series for 2014, as this marks the third victory for the organization this season.
Brandon Jones on making it two-for-two in the ARCA Racing Series:
"What a great day we had today at Lucas Oil Raceway. Not only were we quick in the race, but we had speed throughout the afternoon as well. I knew we were going to have a quick No. 4 Exide Chevrolet coming into the weekend, but the guys at Turner Scott Motorsports worked hard to make sure our speed kept up into the evening. I'm so happy that my crew chief Shane Huffman and all the guys on the K&N side of things were able to get another win. To be able to win both of our ARCA starts is just a testament to the amount of hard work the guys put in each and every day. Hopefully we can take this win and put it towards the K&N Series at Iowa next weekend."
On Saturday, July 26, Ken Block earned the second win of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Block, driving the #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST, earned the victory on a mostly dirt course over Subaru Rally Team USA’s Sverre Isachsen and SH Racing Rallycross driver Nelson Piquet Jr.
“For me, most of my career has been on gravel and dirt,” said Block. “We were very quick to get the car set up right, to get my Ford Fiesta out to the front and from there be able to find the right lines. The gravel gives us so much more of an opportunity to find different lines and try different stuff. The track constantly changed, and I love that.”
For Piquet and Block, Charlotte marked their second podium finishes in two weeks, as both drivers also made their way to the podium at last weekend’s Volkswagen Rallycross NY. Despite having to race in the last chance qualifier, Piquet, a Charlotte native also extended his provisional championship lead to 46 points over Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed.
“It was good to spend a weekend here at home and see friends and family,” Piquet said. “I saw a lot of friends that I made last year in NASCAR around, and it’s good for them to see a new world and more open sport. The weekend had a lot of ups and downs—coming in with the points lead, we tried to eliminate all the risks we had, but until the final it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. We were just up and down and running around.”
In GRC Lites, Mitchell DeJong won his third race of the season over Olsbergs MSE teammates and brothers Kevin and Oliver Eriksson. DeJong currently leads the GRC Lites championship by 10 points.
Results from Red Bull Global Rallycross Charlotte are as follows:
- Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
- Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
- Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
- Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
- Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
- Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
- Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta
- Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Polo R
- Brian Deegan, #38 Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST
- Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta
- Rhys Millen, #67 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
- Emma Gilmour, #27 Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing Veloster Turbo
- Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
Provisional point standings are as follows:
- Nelson Piquet Jr., 227
- Scott Speed, 181
- Steve Arpin, 164
- Joni Wiman, 162
- Ken Block, 155
Red Bull Global Rallycross resumes its 2014 season on August 22-23 at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets are available athttp://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/DIS. The Red Bull Global Rallycross Midseason Recap will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday, August 3, at 4PM ET.
Scuderia Corsa took its second TUDOR United SportsCar Championship victory of the year on Friday at the racing capital of the world - Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In winning the Brickyard Grand Prix in the GT-Daytona class, Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal scored their second win of the season and the third in North American endurance racing for the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia.
Starting from the ninth position, Westphal moved the Ferrari through the field during the opening stages of the race. When an extended caution came out, the Scuderia Corsa team elected to stop at near the end of the caution period - giving up their leading position, but satisfying the minimum drive time requirement for Westphal. The strategy call would enable Balzan to challenge for the lead with an hour remaining. After executing a pass on the leading Porsche, Balzan had enough fuel to make it to the finish with a healthy advantage over the rest of the GT-Daytona field.
"Yesterday we had a hard day with some problems in qualifying," said Balzan. "But I knew the car could be really fast over a stint. And today, Scuderia Corsa gave me the perfect car, and it was a perfect race. The team strategy worked perfectly, and the car worked perfectly on the Continental tires. Jeff from ninth position, got up to first positon, and he did an incredible job. Coming from Italy, when I was a little baby I understood that Indianapolis is a very historic circuit. Now, I'm a little man, and I've won here. I think I will realize tomorrow where I won today."
The victory was Balzan's third, and Westphal's second, with Scuderia Corsa.
"First and foremost, a big thank you to the Scuderia Corsa team," said Westphal. "It is the 60th Anniversary of Ferrari racing in North America and we worked so hard to come back from a rough race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Everybody in the team, Alessandro included, did a great job and we just tried to make our way up the field when we could. It was a really, really nice feeling to kiss the bricks."
The victory was especially satisfying for Scuderia Corsa team owner, Giacomo Mattioli. At last year's Brickyard Grand Prix, Mattioli's no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia led but would ultimately finish in fourth position as another Ferrari won the race.
"When you lead the race, it stings when you don't win," said Mattioli. "But certainly, I remember the picture of another Ferrari team kissing the bricks last year, and I thought 'that is on the bucket list!' So, this victory today is really amazing. This is the racing capital of the world, and I wouldn't pick any other place to win. The team did an amazing job. We had some issues yesterday, but we worked through them and everything worked out great. Jeff did a very good job in his stint, as he's been doing all year long. Alessandro did a fantastic job - he pushed hard lap after lap and dealt with a lot of traffic and a lot of pressure. To win again this season is unbelievable."
Scuderia Corsa will next compete at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 8-10.