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Red Bull Global Rallycross 2015 Lites Season Review


TABLE OF CONTENTS Series Overview 4

Round 2: Daytona Beach, FL

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2015 Race Locations

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Round 3: Daytona Beach, FL (II)

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Key Social Media Data

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Round 4: The Base, NC

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Television Information

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Round 5: Detroit, MI

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Highlighted Features

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Round 6: Detroit, MI (II)

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The Not-So-Odd Couple 14 A partnership within the OMSE Lites Team

Round 7: Washington, D.C.

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Round 8: Los Angeles, CA

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Future Stars & Rookie Stripes Up-and-coming talent

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Round 9: Los Angeles, CA (II)

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Round 10: Bushy Park, Barbados

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The Voice Inside Your Head Driver-spotter relationships

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Round 11: Bushy Park, Barbados (II)

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Round 12: Las Vegas, NV

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Dirt, Tarmac and Ocean The Logistics of an Overseas Race

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Statistics 58 Lites Season Standings

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Lites Results 32

Lites Statistical Leaders

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Round 1: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Partners 62

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SERIES OVERVIEW THE CARS

Red Bull Global Rallycross cars roll out of the factory as production models, but receive significant improvements to chassis, engine, and safety features to bring them up to racing spec. Red Bull GRC vehicles are incredibly versatile; they produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, but are also built to withstand 70-foot jumps and contact with other vehicles. Unlike many other racing series, they also do not feature the aid of electronic traction aids. Ford, Volkswagen, Subaru and Chevrolet serve as Official Manufacturer Partners of the series.

THE STARS

Red Bull GRC competitors include some of the most talented drivers in the world. Many competitors have switched to rallycross after enjoying success in other racing series from Formula 1 to NASCAR. Others have had legendary careers in other action sports, from motocross to BMX to skateboarding. It’s not uncommon to see athletes transition from another sport to rallycross with great success.

THE TEAMS

Red Bull GRC teams are sophisticated and technically advanced organizations, capable of competing worldwide in various championships. Red Bull GRC teams have experience competing in the World Rally Championship, IndyCar, and NASCAR Sprint Cup. A team is typically led by an engineer, who makes decisions on how to set up the car and race strategy, and is comprised of a handful of mechanics who perform maintenance work on the vehicle. An engine technician is also employed to keep the 2.0-liter engines performing at their maximum potential.

THE TRACKS

Red Bull GRC tracks feature some of the most diverse and technical challenges in the world of motorsport. Between half a mile and a mile in length, they feature a mixture of dirt and tarmac, as well as a 70-foot jump. Red Bull GRC tracks can be built almost anywhere, leading to incredibly varied layouts.

THE EXPERIENCE

Red Bull GRC events offer a unique and unparalleled viewing experience for fans at the track and watching broadcasts alike. Events are designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in all of motorsports, without lengthy breaks in the action. One of the core principles of Red Bull GRC is the ability for fans to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in the sport. With a completely open paddock, fans are free to walk through, interacting with drivers and watching mechanics at work.


2015 LOCATIONS

Twelve Rounds + One Invitational Event

Detroit, MI Washington, D.C. Las Vegas, NV Los Angeles, CA

MCAS New River, NC

Austin, TX

Daytona Beach, FL Fort Lauderdale, FL

Longest season in Red Bull GRC history

3 new venues (Fort Lauderdale, MCAS New River, Detroit) 4 doubleheaders (Daytona, Detroit, Los Angeles, Barbados) Average attendance per venue : 10,980 Millenials comprise 70% of on-site audience

Bushy Park, Barbados


MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS


AGGREGATE SOCIAL MEDIA DATA

83,920,963

FACEBOOK LIKES

17,784,065

INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

8,732,855

TWITTER FOLLOWERS

110 ,437,065 MASSIVE SOCIAL FOOTPRINT *Aggregate data comprised of series, driver, team and sponsor accounts.

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SERIES SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS MILLION

40 .7 FACEBOOK

OVER 3MILLION

FACEBOOK VIDEO IMPRESSIONS IN 2015 VIEWS IN 2015

#redbullgrc

@redbullgrc

redbullgrc

788.79%

ROWTH ON RED BULL GRC SOCIAL NETWORKS SINCE 2012

351%

270% INCREASE IN PAGE VIEWS 2012-2015

FOLLOWERS BY GENDER

INCREASE IN FOLLOWERS

SINCE 2012

10% FEMALE 90% MALE


Geoff Sykes Daytona Beach, Florida


TELEVISION PACKAGE

NEW GRC LITES DEDICATED PROGRAMMING ON

NINE 30 MIN. BROADCASTS

4.5 HOURS OF ORIGINAL SHOWS


HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES

MAGAZINE: Automobile Magazine Autoweek Road & Track Super Street

NEWSPAPER: Charlotte Observer Daytona Beach News Journal Del Mar Times

Detroit Free Press Detroit News Sun-Sentinel USA Today


DIGITAL: ARS Technica Autoracing1 Digital Trends Jalopnik

Motorsport.com My Life At Speed NBC Sports Sports Business Daily

The Charis Culture The Checkered Flag The Fourth Turn


One hails from North Carolina, the other from Sweden. Both are sons of two of the most important men in motorsports. Olsbergs MSE’s dynamic duo of Oliver Eriksson and Austin Cindric finished 1-2 in GRC Lites points in 2015—and set the series standard for teamwork


It’s no surprise that Olsbergs MSE has set the gold standard for perfor-

mance in the first few years of GRC Lites competition; after all, the car is the brainchild of OMSE CEO Andreas Eriksson and the team staffed most of the competitors in the inaugural Lites season in 2013. But coming off of a 1-2 points finish in 2014 with Mitchell DeJong and Kevin Eriksson, they needed to strike gold once again with a new pair of drivers behind the wheel. Enter Austin Cindric, a three-time podium finisher in seven 2014 starts who would join the team to slot into one seat. Add Oliver Eriksson, Kevin’s younger brother and Andreas’ son, who took a heat win and podium in Charlotte in only his second start in a limited program last year. The two drivers had completely different backgrounds, with Cindric having honed his skills on pavement and Eriksson coming from folkracing in Europe, but the two teammates became fast friends as they learned from each other’s complementary skill set. The result: another 1-2 points finish, this time with Eriksson on top. Not bad considering that neither driver had ever run for a championship in any racing series. “Andreas gave me the opportunity to run for him this year, and all these guys on the Lites program (have been great),” Cindric said in Los Angeles, after taking the third of his four victories. “Even the guys on the Supercar program come in and help out. It’s a group effort, and it’s a family effort, so it’s cool to be a part of it.” “This was my first time running a championship in any sport at all,” Eriksson added. “At the beginning of the season, there weren’t big hopes—my biggest hope was to win a race, and I achieved that in the second race (in Daytona). From there, it was just moving forward and setting new goals all the time.” Three times out of four the OMSE teammates managed to sweep doubleheaders this season, with Eriksson and Cindric splitting victories at Daytona, Los Angeles, and Barbados. Three times out of six, they secured 1-2 finishes—not quite up to par with the seven that the team had last year, but perhaps more difficult to earn given the ever-expanding field of competitive drivers in the class.

“(Los Angeles and Barbados) were incredible for OMSE,” Eriksson continued. “I think the biggest thing is that we have a huge respect for one another. I have a bit of a dirt background, and he has a racing background, so that means the knowledge we can give each other really helps. I think that’s what puts us ahead of everyone else.” The DeJong-Eriksson pairing from 2014 turned contentious in Los Angeles, when a last-corner pass and the closest finish in Lites history led to contact past the finish line and a totaled racecar for the Swede. The two drivers toed the line between teammate and competitor all year long, like any other championship-contending teammates in any form of racing, but the contact essentially split the two drivers for good in the final few races on the schedule. But this year’s duo never had a similar incident, or any other reason to turn on one another. Unlike top drivers in other racing series, the two OMSE Lites drivers were always joking around with one another, celebrating each other’s wins, and playfully spraying each other with champagne week in and week out. “I think that if I go faster, he goes faster,” Cindric explained, “and if he goes faster, I go faster. We push each other to be better. When the next person steps it up, we just step it up to be better than him, and we keep elevating ourselves. I think that works really well. We just have to mind our P’s and Q’s, and keep out of each other’s way.” Impressively, the two drivers entered the season finale tied on championship points and nearly indistinguishable in their results. Cindric held the edge in race wins, four to three, but Eriksson had more heat wins at 12-10 and both drivers were tied with eight podiums. Barring disaster for both, one of them would walk out of Las Vegas giving OMSE its second straight Lites crown. After the first few corners, Cindric found his way in front of his teammate, but he got the car stuck after an aggressive entry into the last dirt corner. Eriksson drove by as Cindric took additional contact that disabled his steering, and the Swede marched on to his ninth podium of the year—the one that would return the championship to his family’s team, and likewise, the one that made him the first Swedish driver to earn a title in either Red Bull GRC class.


“Crossing the finish line (to take the title) beats everything,” Eriksson exclaimed from the podium—before immediately sharing the credit with his teammate. “We helped each throughout the whole season. (Austin) came from racing, I came from dirt, and that mix was really good for us.” The future is wide open for both drivers as they look at their 2016 plans; Cindric’s world tour this year included starts in both NASCAR and sports cars, while Eriksson seems a lock to continue racing for the family team, perhaps in a Supercar somewhere around the world. But one thing is for certain: no matter where they’re racing next year, these two drivers have a chance to be world-beaters. And if they team up again in Red Bull GRC next year, regardless of what class they’re in, this not-so-odd couple might be even faster.


Only three years into the history of GRC Lites, the series is already producing young talent. Miles Maroney, Alex Keyes, and Tanner Whitten are proof that America’s rallycross future is bright—and that its homegrown drivers are well on the way to becoming the world’s biggest stars


GRC Lites was established in 2013 for one key reason: to develop the next crop of star drivers for Red Bull Global Rallycross’ Supercar class. While the series currently features many of the world’s best rallycross drivers, from Ken Block to Tanner Foust to Scott Speed to Brian Deegan, few of its competitors have come from a predominantly rallycross background, instead migrating from other forms of motorsport or action sports. That won’t remain the norm for long if the current class of Lites drivers has anything to say about it. As the sport continues to push its way into the American mainstream, don’t be surprised if one of the young American drivers cutting his teeth in Lites right now blossoms into a household name. Three rookies in particular—Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammates Miles Maroney and Alex Keyes and DirtFish Motorsports’ Tanner Whitten—stood out during the past Lites season, with each taking at least one trip to the top step of the podium. Maroney’s story is perhaps the most interesting of the group. The youngest driver to ever start an American Le Mans Series race at 17 years old in 2011, he showed up in Fort Lauderdale with a one-race deal and an eye on a good finish. Despite a seventh place result, he managed to get a second chance in Daytona and converted it into a podium in only his second career start. From there, Maroney was never truly out of the championship hunt. A constant presence in the top five of the standings for the rest of the year, he took his first win in Detroit and chalked up five podiums along the way. His third place finish in Lites points was enough to earn the Sylvania Rising Star Award, the same honor that Mitchell DeJong earned as Lites champion the previous year. Undoubtedly, he raced like a title contender all season long—but did the complete newcomer to rallycross believe he had a legitimate shot at the crown? “Based on my performance in Fort Lauderdale, no, but before Fort Lauderdale, yes,” Maroney asserted. “We didn’t have the greatest of weekends there—we had some contact, but we didn’t finished worse than fourth since then until I ran fifth (in Barbados).

“I always believed that a championship would be possible this year. (I thought) it would be unlikely given the experience of a guy like (Austin) Cindric or (Oliver) Eriksson in these cars, but I thought that we would be competitive and hoped to win some races.” Whitten also spent some time in sports cars, racing Porsches for Isringhausen Motorsport, but the Illinois native had been a part of the Lites class since long before its first race in New Hampshire two years ago. As one of the car’s original test drivers, he worked for over two years to put a program together before finally landing a ride this year. Though the season didn’t end the way he wanted, with a fifth place finish in overall points, Whitten still established himself as a week-in, week-out contender for solid results. A three-race podium streak early in the season saw him grab the points lead at MCAS New River and ended with him atop the podium in the first Detroit race. “I think that podium streak we got ourselves on was a lot of what I was expecting out of myself—being instrumental in the development of these cars early on, having that extra seat time and just being more hungry for it because we hadn’t been able to put a program together for the first two seasons,” he explained. “The second half of the year didn’t go our way, but we’re here, and we’ve made some waves. People know that we’re here now.” Keyes didn’t get to race for the championship in 2015, since he was held out of the Fort Lauderdale opener for medical reasons and suffered mechanical issues in Detroit that kept him out of the second race there. But the California native, by way of Pittsburgh and Detroit, found a way to make the most of the 10 races he lined up for during the season. A graduate of the Lynx Racing driver development program and coached by Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice, Keyes put his open-wheel background to good use. He won each of the three remaining single-race events, including a dominant victory in the wet Las Vegas finale on an unfamiliar Yokohama rain tire. Even two races down on the field, he climbed to sixth in points with consistent front-running speed, winning nine heats along the way—more than any other driver that wasn’t running for Olsbergs MSE. Still, Keyes conceded that there’s plenty of room for him to grow in 2016. “We started off pretty bad, missing the first race because I was sick, and Daytona was just a learning experience,” he explained. “I hadn’t really ever driven the car before, so it was something totally new. We won our next race (at MCAS New River), Detroit was rough, and then we won in DC. So it’s kind of been either I do really poorly or I win.”


All three drivers have something to work on in 2016, whether it’s consistency, flat-out speed, or finding the right level of on-track aggression. But a year of experience will do them good as they look to put together the results that allow them to take the next step. “To still be third is great, but we went into Barbados tied for the lead,” Maroney noted. “So that’s frustrating. Still, I really think that we were one of the top cars all year, and that’s pretty cool in my rookie season.” “I just need to build up my fitness and get better,” added Keyes. “I think that if we can be consistent, and if I can get more seat time and get back into it, we can hit it hard next year.”


Driver-spotter relationships are crucial to success in GRC Lites, especially when your spotter doubles as your driving coach. Open-wheel veteran Nur Ali enlisted Pikes Peak class winner Dave Carapetyan to help him hone his skills—and the pair is building toward a strong 2016


Red Bull Global Rallycross stars are not made overnight. It takes years of

training at lower levels to prepare for a full season behind the wheel, more to become competitive. For drivers who transition into the sport from different racing backgrounds, the process is even more rigorous—forcing them to forget everything they know about driving and learn how to race all over again. Heading into his first season of GRC Lites after a career of open-wheel and stock car racing, AF Racing’s Nur Ali needed both a coach to help him work on his techniques and a spotter to keep them in his mind at the track. He found both in Dave Carapetyan, a three-time Open class winner at Pikes Peak who happens to operate a rally school in Austin—a perfect match for Ali, a Texas native himself who needed to get up to speed quickly. “I went to another racing school just to get some insight on how a rally program would work for me from a driving standpoint,” Ali explained. “I had never driven on dirt, and so I decided to go for three days, just to get acclimated. But there was no personal touch in that sense—I was just another student in the class. “I had very limited experience, and we were starting with the first race at the end of the month of May. So I got back home to Dallas and started researching rally schools and programs here locally, in the state or in surrounding areas. I was able to find Rally Ready Driving School out of Austin, and the catalyst behind the whole thing was Dave.”

“I was in New Zealand at the Race to the Sky back in April when I got an email from Nur’s team manager, Dana (Potts), looking for some support for their first season in Lites,” Carapetyan added. “When I got back stateside, we chatted a bit and really hit it off. He was confident Nur and I would get along so after a brief call, Nur and I decided to get together for a dinner face to face. “He drove down from Dallas and we met for a 6PM dinner. We wrapped up at 10:30, and only because the restaurant was shutting down. So needless to say, Nur and I really connected right out of the gate.” Race number one came at the end of May on a tight and challenging course in Fort Lauderdale. Driver and spotter were up against enough as it was, as AF Racing was fielding a second car for the first time, most of the team had never worked together before. But the biggest challenge? Pairing a complete newcomer behind the wheel, someone who had limited experience working with a spotter, with someone who prefers to coach from the passenger seat. “My heart and experience has always been stage rally and Pikes Peak, so GRC was a steep learning curve,” Carapetyan admitted. “But more than that, my coaching style is always very, very personalized, focused and mostly in-car. The coaching I do outside of the car is always from close enough that I can see, hear and feel everything my driver is doing. Being in an environment that forces me to use data instead of instinct, and where I have to watch the cars in front of and behind my driver, was the biggest challenge.”


With family, friends, and sponsors on hand, the desire to perform well out of the gate came with another stress factor: persistent electrical issues that affected the team’s radio all weekend. But the team persevered, and Ali managed to win the last chance qualifier with a late-race pass of Collete Davis on the way to a respectable sixth place in his debut. “Our communication wasn’t the best at that point, but we sat down (after practice) and basically calmed each other down,” Ali said. “We knew that we had something special among the two of us when it came to spotting and driving. We did have a good showing, at least in the LCQ where we were able to win the race, and I think could have been in the top five in the final, easily—I got caught in some traffic, which caused me to lose some spots.” From there, it was a matter of refining Ali’s movements behind the wheel and finding the right balance between coaching and spotting during race weekends. After a few races, both driver and spotter found the right balance to keep Ali quick without needless distraction during key sessions. “Depending on the race and circumstances it’s often different, but Nur and I have found a pretty good rhythm,” Carapetyan said. “Early in the weekend, I coach pretty intensely focusing on eyes, hands, feet, lines and the limited data we have in the Lites cars with help from our data engineer, Kyle. The closer we get to the final, the more we taper it down to just car position spotting.” “The first part of (the weekend) being coaching helps me, especially where we’re going to tracks like Daytona where 30 or 40 percent of the track is dirt in the middle section,” Ali noted. “That part was completely new compared to what we had run in Fort Lauderdale. But as the event goes on and the races themselves start, he gets quieter, and sometimes it becomes radio silence except for need-to-know information from him. It’s what I don’t know or can’t see.” Though Ali was only able to make a handful of trips to Rally Ready to work with Carapetyan during the season, the two kept in touch with weekly phone calls, discussing past races and future plans. The intense debrief sessions were designed to keep Ali at the top of his game despite the gaps between races, which sometimes approached a full month in 2015.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get a lot of time together at (Rally Ready) this season because of my other responsibilities out in Dallas,” Ali admitted. “I went down there a handful of times, and Dave was very gracious to give me his time, but for the 2016 season we’re going to try to ramp that up a little bit to get me some more experience on dirt and learn the craft of rally driving.” When all was said and done, the combination earned seventh in the 2015 Lites standings, as Ali made it to each of the first 11 main events of the year. The foundations they laid together have both men excited for Ali’s sophomore season in 2016, as he looks to stand on the podium for the first time. “I’m at the races to see Nur pursue and fulfill his dream and my satisfaction correlates with his,” Carapetyan added. “Nur hasn’t been in a road racing car in a long time despite his experience so it’s been a lot to process for both of us getting up to speed. I think I speak for the whole team when I say we’re proud of our driver and excited to see what he can do in 2016.” “The whole thing came together last minute, with Dave not knowing who I was and vice versa,” Ali said. “But we put the package together, he’s been at all of my races, and he’s a monumental player in my camp that I think has made what our team is. I think a lot of the credit for my driving style and getting up to speed goes to Dave, and I think there’s a lot of room to grow with him in the program.”


What does it take to bring a major racing series to the Caribbean? Find out as we look at the months of preparation and hard work that went into shipping the travelling roadshow that is Red Bull GRC to Barbados for its 2015 doubleheader.


It’s no secret that travelling internationally is a bit more complex than

hopping on the Bolt Bus from Boston to New York or even booking a flight from La Guardia to LAX. Passports, travel restrictions, customs declarations forms—whether you’re heading to or from the States, getting to your intended destination is an intensive process. But if you think it’s a hassle to get yourself from one country to the next, imagine spearheading an international trip for an entire racing series. That was the job that Red Bull Global Rallycross enlisted JAM-N Logistics to do for its return to Bushy Park Barbados this October. Within the span of just 35 days, 22 racecars made the trip from Red Bull GRC’s doubleheader at the Port of Los Angeles across the country to Florida, down to Barbados, back up to Florida, and back to their race teams in time for the series’ Las Vegas finale. “In a nutshell, this was simply a matter of transporting every component, piece and part that you would find at any race, packed into ocean containers and shipped over 1600 miles and then after two main events shipped back again,” explained Brian Rock, JAM-N’s vice president of business development and an experienced racer himself. “The only difference when compared to any other race is that I think we went really heavy on the lip balm!” Red Bull GRC began its discussions with JAM-N toward the beginning of the year, before the start of the season. Its 20-plus years of experience in transportation, web fulfillment, and retail distribution services, working with industry leaders in fields from fashion to consumer electronics, made the company a capable partner for the event. Add in Rock’s own impressive motorsports background, and the combination was a natural fit. “I personally grew up in racing and have been racing myself for 30 years,” he explained. “I owned my own NASCAR team, raced in Baja, and to this date compete when my schedule permits. I have firsthand insight into the needs of the racing team owner, driver, and crewmember—thus, combining the worlds of logistics and racing is quite natural.”


Rock travelled with the series throughout the 2015 season, staging meetings and working directly with teams at each event to ensure the process would go smoothly. With 2015 being only the second time that Red Bull GRC visited Barbados, as well as the very first time that GRC Lites accompanied the Supercars on the trip, being able to address any problems on-site was crucial—though, as Rock admits, “no arm twisting is needed for me to come out and be a part of it!” “Much like the racing teams, much of our time and effort is spent planning and preparing prior to race weekend,” he added. “This helps assure that all flows most smoothly and allows for the unexpected to be dealt with in an immediate fashion. “Race weekend allows us the ability to assess how our planning and preparation has been implemented. Witnessing the reality firsthand is essential, when it comes to providing the highest level of service, regardless of the industry. This is why we’ve worked to immerse ourselves into this effort.” The shipping process itself began as soon as the checkered flag fell in Los Angeles. 12 Supercars and 10 GRC Lites cars, including spare parts and tools of all shapes and sizes, were sent off to Riviera Beach, Florida. From there, they were crammed into nearly two dozen 40-foot cube containers, each with 54,200 cubic feet of capacity, and would experience a 72-hour mandatory hold by United States Customs before leaving for the island, with 48 hours to make the trip by sea. Working hand-in-hand with partners CBT International in Long Beach and Kestrel Liner Agencies in Miami, everything went off cleanly—up until race week itself. “One day prior to arrival, we received word that the vessel would be arriving 12 hours late, due to a large hurricane within the Caribbean,” Rock noted. “Some moments of perspiration followed immediately thereafter, which were then followed by the rolling up of our sleeves and planning of contingencies. My associates, Calvin Alkins and Steven Keats of Kestrel, worked together in order to assure that Barbados customs was re-scheduled accordingly and the urgency of the situation reiterated. “All said, it all worked out, and at the end of the day some very potent Barbados rum drinks followed.” With the weather firmly in the rear view mirror, the cars arrived in time for three days of intense racing action, which saw Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Tanner Foust and Scott Speed finish 1-2 in both Supercar finals

to set up a head-to-head battle in Las Vegas. But before that could happen, every piece of equipment—regardless of condition—had to make the trip back to the States. “Some body parts were destroyed beyond recognition, but regardless were required by US Customs to make the return journey back to America,” Rock explained. “I don’t know if US Customs has ever seen a race car fender fit into a bucket before, but now I can assure you that they have.” Still, the time constraints were no match for the Red Bull GRC teams, which are already used to repairing damaged racecars in nearly impossible timelines. Rock confirmed that all 22 teams were loaded out of the Bushy Park paddock within three hours of Sunday’s final, and by October 19, every team had its equipment back in time to prepare for the season finale—just five weeks after loading out in Los Angeles. “(During load out), I am proud to state that we hit every time target right on the dot or earlier,” he continued. “A combination of our planning, solid communication and the teams’ cooperation was the key in making all of this happen in such a smooth and expedited fashion. “For some of the teams, they competed in two doubleheaders in a row, or four main events, without the benefit of being back at their shops. I am sure that this is a very busy timeframe for each of them as they prepare for the season finale.” After another successful event in Barbados, talks are already underway for Red Bull GRC to return to Bushy Park in 2016. As the series looks to make its annual Caribbean visit a permanent fixture, there’s no doubt that folks like Rock behind the scenes will be up to the challenge of getting the series to the island and back safely and securely. “Everyone pulled their weight,” he said. “By working as a team, it all came together as well as we could have conceived.”


2015 RESULTS


Geoff Sykes Fort Lauderdale, Florida


ROUND 1: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL May 31, 2015 Bahia Mar Resort & Marina

Fin No. Driver Team 1 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 2 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 3 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 4 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 5 6 Geoff Sykes Tim Bell Racing 6 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 7 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 8 57 Jackie Heinricher Rhys Millen Racing 9 07 Collete Davis River Racing 10 61 Duncker Felix Jr. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing


Jackie Heinricher Daytona Beach, Florida


ROUND 2: DAYTONA BEACH, FL

June 20, 2015 Daytona International Speedway

Fin No. Driver Team 1 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 2 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 3 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 4 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 5 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 6 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 7 57 Jackie Heinricher Rhys Millen Racing 8 88 Harry Cheung Rhys Millen Racing 9 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 10 6 Geoff Sykes Tim Bell Racing 11 07 Collete Davis River Racing


Austin Cindric Daytona Beach, Florida


ROUND 3: DAYTONA BEACH, FL (II) June 21, 2015 Daytona International Speedway

Fin No. Driver Team 1 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 2 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 3 88 Harry Cheung Rhys Millen Racing 4 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 5 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 6 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 7 6 Geoff Sykes Tim Bell Racing 8 07 Collete Davis River Racing 9 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 10 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 11 57 Jackie Heinricher Rhys Millen Racing


Tanner Whitten The Base, North Carolina


ROUND 4: THE BASE, NC July 5, 2015 MCAS New River

Fin No. Driver Team 1 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 2 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 3 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 4 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 5 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 6 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 7 21 Conner Martell Rhys Millen Racing 8 55 Gavin Harlien Harlien Racing 9 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 10 07 Collete Davis River Racing 11 57 Jackie Heinricher Rhys Millen Racing


Alejandro Fernandez Detroit, Michigan


ROUND 5: DETROIT, MI July 25, 2015 Belle Isle

Fin No. Driver Team 1 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 2 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 3 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 4 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 5 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 6 88 Harry Cheung Rhys Millen Racing 7 89 Brian Wong Rhys Millen Racing 8 07 Collete Davis River Racing 9 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 10 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 11 55 Gavin Harlien Harlien Racing


Collete Davis Detroit, Michigan


ROUND 6: DETROIT, MI (II) July 26, 2015 Belle Isle

Fin No. Driver Team 1 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 2 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 3 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 4 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 5 89 Brian Wong Rhys Millen Racing 6 07 Collete Davis River Racing 7 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 8 55 Gavin Harlien Harlien Racing 9 88 Harry Cheung Rhys Millen Racing 10 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 11 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing


Miles Maroney Washington, D.C.


ROUND 7: WASHINGTON, D.C. Presented by Volkswagen August 15, 2015 RFK Stadium

Fin No. Driver Team 1 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 2 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 3 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 4 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 5 99 Joachim Hvaal Olsbergs MSE 6 69 Blas Zapag Rhys Millen Racing 7 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 8 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 9 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 10 07 Collete Davis River Racing


Austin Cindric Los Angeles, California


ROUND 8: LOS ANGELES, CA Presented by STI September 12, 2015 Port of Los Angeles

Fin No. Driver Team 1 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 2 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 3 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 4 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 5 88 Harry Cheung Rhys Millen Racing 6 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 7 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 8 07 Collete Davis River Racing 9 21 Conner Martell Rhys Millen Racing 10 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports


Conner Martell Los Angeles, California


ROUND 9: LOS ANGELES, CA (II) Presented by STI September 13, 2015 Port of Los Angeles

Fin No. Driver Team 1 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 2 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 3 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 4 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 5 21 Conner Martell Rhys Millen Racing 6 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 7 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 8 88 Harry Cheung Rhys Millen Racing 9 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 10 07 Collete Davis River Racing


Tanner Whitten Bushy Park, Barbados


ROUND 10: BUSHY PARK, BARBADOS October 3, 2015 Bushy Park Circuit

Fin No. Driver Team 1 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 2 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 3 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 4 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 5 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 6 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 7 22 Blake Williams Rhys Millen Racing 8 07 Collete Davis River Racing 9 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 10 88 Harry Cheung Rhys Millen Racing


Blake Williams & Miles Maroney Bushy Park, Barbados


ROUND 11: BUSHY PARK, BARBADOS (II) October 4, 2015 Bushy Park Circuit

Fin No. Driver Team 1 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 2 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 3 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 4 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 5 88 Harry Cheung Rhys Millen Racing 6 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 7 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 8 07 Collete Davis River Racing 9 22 Blake Williams Rhys Millen Racing 10 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing


Alex Keyes Las Vegas, Nevada


ROUND 12: LAS VEGAS, NV

November 4, 2015 Village Lot on The Strip

Fin No. Driver Team 1 61 Alex Keyes Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 2 89 Andreas Wernersson Olsbergs MSE 3 16 Oliver Eriksson Olsbergs MSE 4 15 Tanner Whitten DirtFish Motorsports 5 126 Alejandro Fernandez AF Racing 6 4 Augie Lerch Buhl Sport Detroit 7 22 Blake Williams Rhys Millen Racing 8 24 Miles Maroney Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 9 28 Gustavo Menezes Olsbergs MSE 10 77 Austin Cindric Olsbergs MSE 11 51 Sandra Hultgren Olsbergs MSE 12 07 Collete Davis River Racing 13 42 Nur Ali AF Racing 14 88 Stephan Verdier Rhys Millen Racing


STATISTICS


2015 SEASON STANDINGS Pos Driver Name Nation Team Pts. 1 Oliver Eriksson Sweden Olsbergs MSE 501 2 Austin Cindric United States Olsbergs MSE 473 3 Miles Maroney United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 441 4 Alejandro Fernandez Colombia AF Racing 427 5 Tanner Whitten United States DirtFish Motorsports 376 6 Alex Keyes United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 350 7 Nur Ali United States AF Racing 226 8 Harry Cheung United States Rhys Millen Racing 185 9 Collete Davis United States River Racing 146 10 Conner Martell United States Rhys Millen Racing 67 11 Geoff Sykes United States Tim Bell Racing 62 12 Blake Williams Australia Rhys Millen Racing 55 13 Brian Wong United States Rhys Millen Racing 53 14 Andreas Wernersson Sweden Olsbergs MSE 48 15 Jackie Heinricher United States Rhys Millen Racing 45 16 Gavin Harlien United States Harlien Racing 36 17 Joachim Hvaal Norway Olsbergs MSE 32 18 Blas Zapag Paraguay Rhys Millen Racing 27 19 Augie Lerch United States Buhl Sport Detroit 26 20 Gustavo Menezes United States Olsbergs MSE 11 21 Duncker Felix Jr. United States Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 7 22 Sandra Hultgren Sweden Olsbergs MSE 2 23 Stephan Verdier France Rhys Millen Racing 1

Sylvania Rising Star Award Team Champion Miles Maroney Olsbergs MSE Royal Purple Fan Favorite Driver IMPACT Team Development Award Alejandro Fernandez Dreyer & Reinbold Racing


STATISTICAL LEADERS Race Wins Heat Points Rk. Driver Total Rk. Driver Total 1 Austin Cindric 4 1 Oliver Eriksson 45 T2 Oliver Eriksson 3 2 Austin Cindric 42 T2 Alex Keyes 3 3 Tanner Whitten 37 T4 Miles Maroney 1 4 Alejandro Fernandez 36 T4 Tanner Whitten 1 5 Alex Keyes 33 Heat Wins Singleheader Points Rk. Driver Total Rk. Driver Total 1 Oliver Eriksson 12 1 Oliver Eriksson 187 2 Austin Cindric 10 2 Alex Keyes 164 3 Alex Keyes 9 3 Alejandro Fernandez 148 4 Tanner Whitten 5 4 Tanner Whitten 129 5 Alejandro Fernandez 4 5 Miles Maroney 121 Podiums Doubleheader Points Rk. Driver Total Rk. Driver Total 1 Oliver Eriksson 9 1 Austin Cindric 363 2 Austin Cindric 8 2 Miles Maroney 336 T3 Miles Maroney 5 3 Oliver Eriksson 325 T3 Alejandro Fernandez 5 4 Alejandro Fernandez 302 5 Alex Keyes 4 5 Tanner Whitten 256 Poles Average Finish Rk. Driver Total Rk. Driver Avg. 1 Oliver Eriksson 4 1 Oliver Eriksson 3.33 2 Austin Cindric 3 2 Austin Cindric 3.83 T3 Alejandro Fernandez 1 3 Miles Maroney 3.92 T3 Tanner Whitten 1 4 Alejandro Fernandez 4.08 5 Tanner Whitten 5.25


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