Red Bull Global Rallycross Preview — Seattle

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Red Bull Global Rallycross

Pre-Race Notes – Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Washington

Rounds 10 & 11 in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season

 

DATE:

Saturday – Sunday, September 9-10, 2017

FINALS BROADCAST:             

NBC will air coverage of the finals beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 9 and 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday, September 10. 

ENTRY:                                   

No. 14 M-Sport Fiesta for Austin Dyne

TRACK LAYOUT:

0.735 miles, 7 turns 

EVENT HISTORY/DETAILS:

Second event at Evergreen Speedway but a revised course layout. 

COMPETITION DETAILS:        

Wheel-to-wheel action on dirt, asphalt and a signature 70-foot tabletop jump. 

 

NEWS & NOTES:

AUSTIN DYNE REWIND ON ROUNDS 8 & 9 IN ATLANTIC CITY

“Atlantic City was a tough weekend. We didn’t start out too strong off the truck but we made a lot of changes and got the car pretty good. It was a hard track to get the car good everywhere. In the heats we had really good pace but in the finals we seemed to have a black cloud follow us with zero luck.”

AUSTIN ON LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS RACE ALL YEAR AND EXPECTATIONS FOR 2017

“This is one of the events we had circled from the beginning of the year. Normally it rains which seems to suit me a lot but this year it looks dry. It was the first race I worked with my current Chassis Engineer Clement which has turned out to become a very good partnership between us both. We were really fast here last year but got wrecked out in Turn 1 of the start.”

REVISED COURSE DETAILS

Evergreen Speedway will play host to Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle for the second time, hosting a doubleheader that serves as the penultimate event of the season for the Supercar and GRC Lites classes. The second-year event will feature a revised course layout that blends key elements of last year’s course with a new jump and Joker Lap. As with last season, drivers will charge down the front stretch at the start of each heat, accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour into Turn 1 in 1.9 seconds. After reaching the oval backstretch, drivers will make a hard left into the dirt, followed by another left into a sweeping right-hander. New for 2017, drivers will then make a right-hand hairpin turn to hit the series-signature 70-foot jump, before exiting the dirt and taking the paved Turns 6 and 7 to return to the front stretch. The paved Joker Lap will see drivers break off at the hairpin, taking the longer route that served as the main course in 2016. With the longer Joker, look for the leaders to save the alternate route for the last possible second while trying to extend their gap on the field.

AUSTIN ON THE COURSE

“I really like this track it’s a lot of fun with oval section and a proper gravel section with thick gravel. The goal is the podium here. We have been really close this year.”

AUSTIN ON THE CHALLENGES OF DOUBLEHEADERS OVERALL AND SPECIFICALLY IN SEATTLE

“I always like keeping the car in one piece. This track is probably one of the harder ones when it comes to that category based on last year.”

ABOUT AUSTIN DYNE

Dyne, a native of Los Angeles, California, got his start in racing in karting at the age of 15, progressed to the Skip Barber Regional series in 2010 and raced late model stock cars at Irwindale Speedway in 2011. He moved up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, where he was the Rookie of the Year in 2012, and competed in the East division in 2013. Also in 2013, he made his move to Red Bull Global Rallycross in the GRC Lites class and earned a season-best second place at Bristol. He moved up to Supercar with Barracuda Racing in 2014 then competed for Bryan Herta Rallysport in 2015 where he earned his first podium (Daytona) and first pole (Barbados).  For 2016, he started his own team — AD Racing — and finished a career-high eighth in points as well as added a second car to his team at Phoenix.

ABOUT RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS

The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will kick off with a brand new event at Memphis International Raceway on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29. The new event will represent the first of 12 rounds on this year’s championship schedule. For more information visit www.redbullglobalrallycross.com, or follow Red Bull GRC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @GRCseries.

WHERE TO WATCH RED BULL GRC

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. See above for broadcast times for this event.