Hometown Heroes: Red Bull GRC Los Angeles
The city of Los Angeles is as important to the history of Red Bull Global Rallycross as Daytona is to stock car racing and Indianapolis is to open-wheel. It’s the home of not only the series itself, but also its most iconic events and key moments in history, from its very first races to some of its most thrilling triumphs.
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The only area to host an event in every Red Bull GRC season returns to the schedule in 2017, with the Port of Los Angeles serving as the chosen venue for the fourth year in a row and its status as the season finale intact from 2016. Given its history, it’s no surprise that local fans will have a number of top drivers to choose from when looking for a hometown hero.
Whether it’s a top Supercar driver or one of the future stars of the sport that you’re looking for, here are some of the big names with California ties who will be taking on this year’s finale:
Although he currently calls North Carolina home, Speed’s racing dreams originated in Manteca—the same town that also produced 2010 NBA Coach of the Year Scott Brooks and Justin Roiland, the voice of both eponymous characters in Rick and Morty. Fittingly, Speed has dominated the past three years of Red Bull GRC Los Angeles with four wins in six finals and the first-ever sweep of a Supercar doubleheader two years ago on the way to his first championship.
Though he spent most of his younger years in Scotland and Colorado, Foust currently calls Dana Point home, having moved to California as a stunt driver for a number of top Hollywood films. He’s the only driver to compete in Red Bull GRC from day one, earning a podium in the series’ inaugural event at Irwindale Speedway, but has yet to win a Supercar final in Los Angeles. With the championship on the line and a 30-point deficit to Speed, could this be the year?
The Temecula native may still be chasing his first Supercar main event win, but he took one at the Port of Los Angeles in GRC Lites in thrilling fashion three years ago. deJong reeled in Olsbergs MSE teammate Kevin Eriksson’s slowing car on the final lap, beating the Swede to the line by .04 seconds before the two made contact. He also made his Supercar debut in this event exactly one year ago—a victory would be a terrific way to celebrate the anniversary!
While his home race has never quite panned out for him, the Los Angeles native has nonetheless thrilled crowds on the Port with some impressive driving. In last year’s finale, he spent most of the main event driving nearly blind when his hood flew up early in the race. Dyne persevered to finish the race on the lead lap, even producing a photo finish with David Higgins for eighth place.
Hailing from Mill Valley, The Big Ham clinched the 2016 GRC Lites title with a thrilling last-to-first drive in the season finale, earning his first rallycross championship by a single finishing position over Oliver Eriksson. This year, he’ll be looking to back up Bryan Herta Rallysport’s podium in last year’s season finale, as he returns to the car for the first time since Atlantic City in August.
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It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for on last year’s championship-winning GRC Lites squad—they’re all from California. Christian Brooks (Santa Clarita), Travis PeCoy (Yorba Linda), and Alex Keyes (Folsom) all call the Golden State home. While Brooks boasts three victories on the season and PeCoy has five podiums, it’s Keyes who showed the way in last year’s event, nearly sweeping the weekend.
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Supercar Round 12 Finals: October 14, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Round 12 Finals: October 19, 4:30PM ET, NBCSN
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