2016 Runner-Up Patrik Sandell Looking Forward to Atlantic City Return
Red Bull Global Rallycross announced its return to Bader Field on Thursday, as the series’ second annual stop in Atlantic City expands to a doubleheader this August 12 and 13. The longest course of last season will return with a revised layout that will see drivers attack a slightly different layout from the opposite direction, and twice the amount of points on the line.
Many drivers are excited about the return—but perhaps none more than Patrik Sandell, who will not only attempt to improve on last year’s runner-up finish, but also compete for Subaru Rally Team USA in Subaru of America’s home state of New Jersey for the first time.
“I really like the longer, faster tracks, so I’m excited for Atlantic City, for sure,” he explains. “Of the ones we’re going back to, that’s the one I’m looking forward to the most.”
Last year, Sandell took his second runner-up finish in a row at Red Bull GRC’s first Atlantic City event. Running in fifth on the final lap, a smartly timed Joker Lap enabled the Swede to jump all the way to second place, getting past three of the top four championship finishers: Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, and Steve Arpin.
In his fifth Red Bull GRC season, Sandell relishes his new opportunity with the fan favorite Subaru squad. The 2006 Junior World Rally champion admits to a longtime admiration for the brand, which at one time fielded WRC entries for such drivers as Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz, Richard Burns, and even Sandell’s new teammate, Chris Atkinson.
“Subaru has always been in my heart, as Subaru has such a great history in rally,” he continued. “So I kind of always wanted to drive for Subaru at one point, and then this opportunity came along for this season. It felt so right—they’re so passionate about both rally and rallycross, and we really share this passion for the sport between Subaru, Vermont SportsCar, and myself. So when the offer came, I said yes immediately!”
What do you think, Red Bull GRC fans: will Patrik Sandell give Subaru a home victory in Atlantic City? Be sure to tell us in the comments!
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