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Red Bull GRC Los Angeles: Supercar Round 12 Preview

October 13, 2017
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IN BRIEF: The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season wraps up with the series’ annual stop to the Port of Los Angeles, a single-round event instead of a doubleheader for the first time in its history. Scott Speed, a four-time winner at this track, will look to hold off teammate Tanner Foust and Steve Arpin in the battle for the Supercar championship.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

NBC Sports will have live coverage this weekend of the Red Bull Global Rallycross event from Los Angeles. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

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TICKETS: Click here

EVENT INFORMATION: Click here

SPOTTER GUIDE: Click here

LAST RACE: Tanner Foust successfully defended his 2016 win at Evergreen Speedway with a sweep of this year’s Seattle doubleheader, holding off teammate Scott Speed on both days of action. Subaru Rally Team USA added a pair of third place runs; Chris Atkinson took third from the pole on Saturday, and Patrik Sandell matched his teammate’s results on Sunday.

DRIVER CHANGES: Defending GRC Lites champion Cabot Bigham returns to Bryan Herta Rallysport after yielding his seat to Austin Cindric in Seattle last month. Bigham clinched the Lites title at this event last year, going from last to first in the final to defeat Oliver Eriksson by five points—the equivalent of a single finishing position.

THE TRACK: In a rare occurrence, this year’s Port of Los Angeles course remains similar to last year’s layout. The largest change is a sharper dirt corner before the jump, shortening the course from .699 miles last year to .654 miles this weekend. Click here for more information.

TEAMMATES FIGHT WITH CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE: With a 30-point advantage on teammate Tanner Foust, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed controls his own destiny in this weekend’s Red Bull GRC season finale. Regardless of what Foust does, Speed can clinch the championship by simply starting the final if he sweeps all of his heats and semifinals. Foust, meanwhile, will be gunning for the maximum 81 points available this weekend to boost his chances. (Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin also remains mathematically eligible entering the weekend, but will be eliminated if Speed scores at least eight points during the weekend.)

LOCAL FAVORITES COMPRISE HALF OF SUPERCAR FIELD: Besides Scott Speed (born in Manteca) and Tanner Foust (Dana Point), three more Supercar drivers call the state of California home, and will be looking to this weekend as a home event. Mitchell deJong (Temecula) won at this track in a Lites car in 2014, while Cabot Bigham (Mill Valley) clinched the Lites title here last year. Meanwhile, Austin Dyne (Los Angeles) is one of only a handful of drivers to have started every Los Angeles event, joining Speed, Foust, Steve Arpin, and Patrik Sandell.

WIDE OPEN FIGHT FOR FOURTH AND FIFTH: The top three drivers in this year’s standings are mathematically locked in, with only their final order left to be decided, but the battle to fill out the top five is anything but decided. Four different drivers—the Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE trio of Sebastian Eriksson, Mitchell deJong, and Oliver Eriksson, and Subaru Rally Team USA’s Chris Atkinson—can all walk out of the weekend with fourth place in the year-end standings. In addition to the above, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Austin Dyne and fellow Subaru driver Patrik Sandell are also in the mix for fifth in the championship.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles, the final round of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “LA is a great track and it’s a home state race for me. I’ve always felt comfortable there. This year, we go into the final race with a big lead [in points]. My job is to keep us in the most protected position as possible while on track and keep the tires rolling until the checkered flag. If I can do that, we’ll have another championship for the VARX team!”

Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE: “This race is important to me because it’s our last chance to show how competitive we are in the Honda Civics. Oliver (Eriksson) and I have not only learned a lot about racing Supercars, but we’ve also learned new things about the car at every event. I hope this weekend is a culmination of the hard work and testing we’ve done this season.”

Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA: “I’m very excited to be back in LA this week. It’s a track and a place that I have been successful at and had numbers of podiums for the last couple of years. Last year I was leading the final for most of the laps but I ended up finishing third. This year, it’s time to win for Subaru. With the momentum Subaru has been having for the last couple of races, I’m even more excited about the LA event this weekend! It seems we have done everything right lately and it would be fantastic if we could finish the season strong with another podium or even a win for Subaru.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles

Event Info: Click here // Tickets: Click here // Volunteers: Click here
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Supercar Round 12 Finals: October 14, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Round 12 Finals: October 19, 4:30PM ET, NBCSN

Photo credit: Louis Yio

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