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Staturday Fantasy Edition: Los Angeles Preview

October 7, 2017
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Did you know that the same four drivers finished in the top four spots in the Sunday Red Bull Global Rallycross finals at the Port of Los Angeles in each of the past two years?

In 2015, Scott Speed beat Brian Deegan to the line, with Tanner Foust taking third over Patrik Sandell. Last year, Deegan and Speed switched spots, as did Sandell and Foust, with Speed’s runner-up finish still good enough to earn the championship.

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And while this year’s Los Angeles finale is a singleheader instead of a doubleheader, we’re still expecting some great racing action. Much like the Seattle event at Evergreen Speedway, this year’s Los Angeles event will feature a similar track to what we saw in 2016, so the below times work as a direct guideline for this year’s action. We’ll be using the Sunday numbers from last year, as that race, like this year’s, served as the season finale—meaning drivers weren’t holding anything back in an all-out chase for the championship.

Here’s what our returning drivers laid down last October. Use these numbers wisely:

Supercar

No. /

Driver Name /

Practice /

Qualifying /

Semifinal /

Final /

00 Steve Arpin 42.379 42.776 41.882 48.999*
14 Austin Dyne 43.109 43.078 43.237 45.063*
18 Patrik Sandell 42.966 42.877 43.017 42.044
24 Mitchell deJong 42.553 42.550** 43.751 42.092
34 Tanner Foust 42.210 42.765 42.139 41.999
41 Scott Speed 42.283 42.819 41.743 42.147
55 Chris Atkinson 42.864 42.594 43.568 42.089
75 David Higgins 43.387 43.573 —* 42.883
93 Sebastian Eriksson 43.247 43.021 42.397 42.112

*driver did not complete clean lap due to contact
**first-round qualifying lap; driver did not complete final-round lap despite advancing

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross duo of Tanner Foust and Scott Speed are safe picks here. But if you’re looking for something a bit more original, check out Chris Atkinson and Mitchell deJong. Atkinson won the pole in final-round qualifying last year, and posted a fast lap on par with Foust in the main event. Meanwhile, deJong’s first-round qualifying lap was actually faster than the overall pole time, and he posted comparable times to Foust and Speed for much of the weekend.

GRC Lites

No. /

Driver Name /

Qualifying /

Semifinal /

Final /

3 Travis PeCoy 45.453 43.377 —*
21 Conner Martell 44.955 43.969 44.991
24 Alex Keyes 43.577 42.715 42.930
25 James Rimmer 45.740 45.654 45.321**
44 Christian Brooks 44.637 42.962 49.706*
53 Cole Keatts 46.586 44.332 45.308**
77 Scott Anderson 45.009 43.905 43.778
126 Alejandro Fernandez 45.380 43.459 45.545

*driver did not complete clean lap due to contact
**driver eliminated prior to final; last chance qualifier lap used

Despite dominating the entire doubleheader last season, Alex Keyes wasn’t able to take the win on Sunday when a wheel came off of his car from the lead with just a few laps to go. Still, he makes for a safe pick among the returning drivers in California, as the Folsom native was nearly untouchable before the bout of bad luck. Christian Brooks, now Keyes’ teammate, showed flashes of speed as well, as the only other returning driver to break the 43-second barrier in the semifinals.

What do you think, Red Bull GRC fans: will the same drivers who were fast in Los Angeles last year find the magic once again? Be sure to tell us in the comments!

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