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Sunday Funday: The Big Game Edition

February 5, 2017
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Happy Sunday, Red Bull GRC fans! Today is one of the biggest sporting days in America as the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons get ready to play for the championship in Houston. With that in mind, we thought we’d have some football-themed fun—and even give you some of our top drivers’ picks for this year’s champion!

Hitting the Road

Including the upcoming 2017 season, Red Bull GRC events have hit the home markets of half of the NFL’s 32 teams. See if you can name the year and host venue for each—we’ll spot you the teams themselves:

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Denver Broncos
  • Detroit Lions
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New England Patriots
  • New York Giants/Jets
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Washington Redskins

Hometown Teams

Many Red Bull GRC drivers race under the American flag, including more than two dozen last year alone in the Supercar and GRC Lites classes combined. We make no claims of any driver’s allegiance to one team over another, but we can tell you who plays in the closest stadium to their hometown:

Supercar Drivers

Driver    

2016 Finish    

Hometown    

Closest Team    

Miles

Scott Speed 1st, Supercar Mt. Holly, NC Carolina Panthers 13
Tanner Foust 2nd, Supercar Dana Point, CA Los Angeles Rams 63
Brian Deegan 3rd, Supercar Omaha, NE Kansas City Chiefs 188
Austin Dyne 8th, Supercar Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Rams 18
Jeff Ward 9th, Supercar Newport Beach, CA Los Angeles Rams 44
Rhys Millen 10th, Supercar Huntington Beach, CA Los Angeles Rams 37
Tanner Whitten 14th, Supercar Rochester, IL Chicago Bears 203
Bucky Lasek 15th, Supercar Dundalk, MD Baltimore Ravens 8
Mitchell deJong 16th, Supercar Temecula, CA Los Angeles Rams 90

 

GRC Lites Drivers

Driver    

2016 Finish    

Hometown 

Closest Team    

Miles

Cabot Bigham 1st, Lites Weston, MA New England Patriots 28
Conner Martell 4th, Lites Colchester, VT New England Patriots 244
Christian Brooks 5th, Lites Santa Clarita, CA Los Angeles Rams 33
Alex Keyes 6th, Lites Folsom, CA Oakland Raiders 108
Travis PeCoy 8th, Lites Yorba Linda, CA Los Angeles Rams 39
Colin Braun 10th, Lites Ovalo, TX Dallas Cowboys 183
Collete Davis 11th, Lites San Francisco, CA San Francisco 49ers 43
Harry Gottsacker T-12th, Lites San Antonio, TX Houston Texans 201
Parker Chase T-12th, Lites New Braunfels, TX Houston Texans 178
Trenton Estep 15th, Lites San Antonio, TX Houston Texans 201
Scott Anderson 16th, Lites Fort Collins, CO Denver Broncos 64
Jon Bennett 17th, Lites Fort Knox, KY Cincinnati Bengals 137
Cole Keatts 18th, Lites Lewiston, ID Seattle Seahawks 315
Preston Murray 20th, Lites San Clemente, CA Los Angeles Rams 66
James Rimmer 21st, Lites Sammamish, WA Seattle Seahawks 21
Nur Ali 22nd, Lites Trophy Club, TX Dallas Cowboys 25

 

Drivers’ Picks

We asked some of our more football-astute drivers to pick tonight’s winner. We make no claims that any of these guys know what they’re talking about, but here they are regardless:

Scott Speed (two-time defending Supercar champion): Patriots. Belichick and Brady are too much to overcome!

Steve Arpin (2016 Hard Charger Award and Supercar race winner): Patriots! Mainly because one of my good buddies and ENEOS reps David is a huge Atlanta fan, and I enjoy irritating him!

Cabot Bigham (defending GRC Lites champion): Patriots! We need more supporters!

Cole Keatts (2016 GRC Lites rookie, Seahawks fan): I’m all Falcons! The only reason I want Atlanta is that way I can say I’ve seen the Falcons’ first Super Bowl win when I was alive! ????

Alex Keyes (five-time GRC Lites race winner): Oakland Raiders. No, Detroit Lions. What if I don’t like either team? I want to see the Falcons because I like underdogs!

Tanner Whitten (first GRC Lites race winner to run Supercar in same season): We all win. The Super Bowl means there are only three weeks until Daytona!

Photo credit: Larry Chen/Louis Yio

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