Red Bull GRC Top 10: 2016 Lites Liveries
As promised, Red Bull GRC fans: we’re kicking off our countdown of our (and your) favorite things about the 2016 season! We’ll have 10 posts in 10 days celebrating everything from the cars on track, to the drivers in them, to the things the drivers did with those cars.
We have to start somewhere, so we’ll kick it off with the GRC Lites liveries you grew to love in 2016! This list heavily factors in your votes from a poll we ran earlier this season, so if your favorite car or driver is missing, let this be your reminder to show up when we do it again in 2017!
10. #3 AF Racing Team // Travis PeCoy
Lites drivers had a lot to worry about when they saw this imposing blue-and-white ride in their mirror. Dirt transplant PeCoy was among the top five drivers in the second half of 2016.
9. #16 Red Bull // Oliver Eriksson
After winning the Lites title with Mitchell deJong in 2014, Red Bull returned to Lites in 2016 with defending champion Eriksson. He took two wins and came within five points of another crown.
8. #45 Gulf // Miki Weckstrom
A big name and a clean livery, fans got to see a lot of this car up front in 2016. Weckstrom earned two victories and a class-leading seven podiums as a rookie.
7. #42 Gas Monkey // Nur Ali
Ali returned to the Lites class for a one-off engagement in his home event in Dallas, and brought big-name sponsorship with him to do it. Gas Monkey Garage also calls the Dallas area home.
6. #2 Paratek // Cabot Bigham<
Bright and loud, the blue and orange livery that Bigham drove to this year’s Lites title was one of multiple attention-grabbing liveries out of the Dreyer & Reinbold stable in 2016.
5. #24 WIX Filters // Tanner Whitten and Alex Keyes
One of the most well-known looks in Red Bull GRC, both Whitten and Keyes took this one to the top step of the podium in Lites. Whitten later raced it in his Supercar debut in Los Angeles.
4. #21 DirtFish // Conner Martell
Nicknamed “Tony the Tiger,” this year’s DirtFish livery earned tons of attention for its aesthetic and for Conner Martell’s two victories. James Rimmer also ran a reverse version of the look.
3. #24 Traction Factory // Tanner Whitten and Alex Keyes
Whitten upped the yellow factor on his Traction Factory ride in 2016, taking it to an immediate pole in Dallas and almost a sweep. But it was Keyes who later took it to victory in Los Angeles.
2. #126 F&Y Sales // Alejandro Fernandez
Designed by Brett King, whose other Red Bull GRC clients have included Supercar champion Scott Speed, Fernandez’s blue-and-red look was a clever evolution of his 2015 livery.
1. #44 MB2 Raceway // Christian Brooks
Maybe it’s the neon yellow that dominates the car. Maybe it’s the pattern that adds texture to the black hood. Whatever it is, Brooks’ rookie Lites ride was your favorite for 2016—and for very good reason!
Photo credit: Larry Chen, Louis Yio, Alison Padron