Hometown Heroes: Red Bull GRC Seattle
The Pacific Northwest is rally country through and through, which makes it no surprise that multiple Red Bull Global Rallycross competitors call this weekend’s Seattle event a home race.
Held at Monroe, WA’s Evergreen Speedway, this year’s Red Bull GRC Seattle marks the series’ fourth visit to the state, but only the first doubleheader. That means twice the action for the fans in the stands, but more importantly, two chances for these drivers and teams to take a win in front of their friends and family.
If you’re attending your first Red Bull GRC event this weekend, and you’d like to know who the local favorites are, we’ve got you covered:
Based in Snoqualmie, DirtFish Rally School has a special tie to Red Bull GRC Seattle: it hosted the event in both 2011 and 2014. Now firmly established as one of the top teams in GRC Lites, it also enters the weekend as defending champion, after Conner Martell swept every session from qualifying forward in last year’s event. DirtFish also serves as an associate sponsor of Subaru Rally Team USA, whose most recent Supercar main event victory also came in Seattle.
This event is doubly special for Rimmer, who lives in nearby Sammamish; not only is it the home track for both the driver and his DirtFish Motorsports team, it’s also the event where he made his GRC Lites debut in 2016. Since then, Rimmer has become a consistent presence at the front of the pack, currently sitting sixth in the championship and within 100 points of the top three overall. His best finish of the season so far was a fourth place result in Ottawa.
Just off of the eastern Washington border, Olsbergs MSE X Forces’ second-year GRC Lites driver calls Lewiston, Idaho his home. Evergreen Speedway may be a six-hour drive away, but that doesn’t mean Keatts didn’t get the hometown bump last year: he placed a season-best fifth after cracking his first final of the season. Despite a scary rollover in a Pro Lite at Crandon last weekend that forced his withdrawal from that event, he plans to race the Seattle doubleheader.
Currently based in Charlotte, GRC Lites newcomer Brummond spent his early childhood in Seattle before moving to the southeast while in grade school. The experienced vintage racer will see this weekend’s doubleheader as the culmination of a homecoming that began with him training late last month at DirtFish Rally School. In fact, his Lites car will feature blue and green in homage to the Seattle Seahawks, whose most recent Super Bowl win came in 2014.
Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle
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Supercar Round 10 Finals: September 9, 4:30PM ET, NBC // Supercar Round 11 Finals: September 10, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Rounds 10-11 Finals: September 13, 5PM ET, NBCSN
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Image via Mark Brummond (5)