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Red Bull Global Rallycross
Pre-Race Notes – Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis
Round 7 of 12 in the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season
Saturday – Sunday, July 8-9, 2017
NBC will air coverage of Round 7 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 9.
No. 14 M-Sport Fiesta for Austin Dyne, 8th in Supercar points with 269, 1 heat win
Wheel-to-wheel action on dirt, asphalt and a signature 70-foot tabletop jump
NEWS & NOTES:
AUSTIN DYNE REWIND ON ROUNDS 5 & 6 IN OTTAWA, CANADA
“We had a solid weekend in Canada. We were fast off the truck and were a top five car. The starts were a bit crazy into Turn 1 and we never got much luck in that corner. The track was pretty gnarly in the gravel section so it was a bit of surviving to make it 10 laps.”
AUSTIN ON RACING IN INDIANAPOLIS
“It’s pretty cool to be racing in Indy. I have never raced here before except in a charity karting race. I’ve been coming here as a little kid to watch the Indy 500 and back when F1 came here.”
The series’ first visit to Indianapolis will be one of the most exciting rounds of the year and will kick off the second half of the season. With a number of sharp turns and fast straightaways on both dirt and pavement, both driver and car will be challenged to perform at maximum capability. The start/finish line and 70-foot dirt jump are directly across from one another, giving fans on site a clear line of visibility to two of the most exciting elements of each race. Mixed in with all that is a unique Joker Lap, which proves that it’s not the length of the lap that counts—it’s how drivers use it. Bypassing the first two turns of the six-turn course, the tight, quick hairpin sends drivers directly onto the dirt after completing the frontstretch. Like the Joker Lap at Thompson Speedway earlier in the year, which saved drivers nearly seven seconds at a time, the Indianapolis shortcut should be responsible for some big moves late in each event. Austin is looking forward to his first professional race in Indianapolis after watching races from the sidelines here since he was a child.
“This track definitely suits me pretty good with the oval section but the inside seems good too. We’ll see when we get there but the team is working so well with each other and the goal is to get podiums and wins for the rest of the season. I’m pretty proud of the effort of everyone and now we’re improving the car after every race.”
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.