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Red Bull GRC Seattle: Supercar Rounds 10-11 Preview

September 8, 2017
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IN BRIEF: The final doubleheader of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will see the series return to Evergreen Speedway for the second straight year. Defending event winner Tanner Foust will have his hands full in a repeat bid, needing two strong performances to get past Scott Speed, winner of the past three Supercar rounds, and Steve Arpin for the points lead.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

  • Supercar Round 10 Finals: September 9, 4:30PM ET, NBC
  • Supercar Round 11 Finals: September 10, 4:30PM ET, NBC
  • Simulstream Link: http://liveextra.nbcsports.com

NBC Sports will have live coverage this weekend of the Red Bull Global Rallycross event from Seattle. 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: Red Bull GRC Atlantic City was a heaping helping of déjà vu for Scott Speed. Exactly like last year, he concluded the Bader Field visit as the Supercar points leader with a three-race winning streak in his back pocket. Patrik Sandell and Steve Arpin completed the Saturday podium, while Sebastian Eriksson and Arpin joined Speed on the podium on Sunday.

DRIVER CHANGES: Austin Cindric, the 2015 GRC Lites runner-up, will step into the Bryan Herta Rallysport entry for this weekend’s Seattle doubleheader, replacing Cabot Bigham. Cindric boast four victories and 11 podiums in 19 career Lites starts. Bigham will return to the seat in Los Angeles next month.

THE TRACK: The biggest difference between this year’s Evergreen Speedway layout and last year’s is the swap between the jump and Joker Lap. With the Joker now the longer way around the course, drivers will need to rethink typical race strategy. Click here for more information.

SPEED, FOUST PREPARED TO DUEL FOR WEEKEND GLORY: Winner of the past three Supercar finals and a class-high four this year, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed controls the Red Bull GRC standings with only three races to go. But this weekend in Seattle, he’ll need to stare down his teammate, Tanner Foust, to keep the momentum going. While Speed struggled in this event last year, Foust posted a nearly perfect weekend to take a statement victory and reclaim the points lead. Will history repeat itself this time around?

CINDRIC EARNS PROMOTION TO SUPERCAR: It’s been a big week for Mooresville, NC native Austin Cindric. A day before celebrating his 19th birthday, the 2015 GRC Lites runner-up announced he would join Bryan Herta Rallysport to make his Supercar debut in Seattle; later in the weekend, he earned his first NASCAR Truck Series victory at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Cindric will be the third driver to make his Supercar debut this season, following BHRS’ primary driver Cabot Bigham and Oliver Eriksson, Cindric’s former GRC Lites teammate.

ATKINSON, SANDELL READY TO POUNCE IN SUBARU COUNTRY: Red Bull GRC Seattle was the site of Subaru Rally Team USA’s most recent Supercar final victory, but Patrik Sandell proved in Atlantic City that the team remains on the cusp of returning to the top step of the podium. After leading most of Saturday’s final, Sandell took second to earn his first podium since joining the team. Both the Swede and Australia’s Chris Atkinson have earned trophies this season, and Atkinson shone at this course last year with a front row start in the main event.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th and 11th rounds of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “We’re headed back to some of the best fans GRC sees all year in Seattle, Washington. Evergreen Speedway is a place I’ve competed in drifting at for eight years, and now going on two more with GRC is a great honor. It’ll be great to see so many familiar faces at the event. For the 34 team, circumstances in Atlantic City made the weekend a disaster on many levels, but most importantly with points. You almost couldn’t have scripted a worse weekend, so I’ll be looking to pick up the pieces and fight back for every championship point possible.”

Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: “This is one of the events we had circled from the beginning of the year. Normally it rains which seems to suit me a lot but this year it looks dry. It was the first race I worked with my current Chassis Engineer Clement which has turned out to become a very good partnership between us both. We were really fast here last year but got wrecked out in Turn 1 of the start.”

Austin Cindric, #19 Bryan Herta Rallysport: “You have to go into something like this with no expectations. The team is a proven group but I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know how I am going to stack up. I’ve done a few tests in Supercars and they all went well, but I’ve never cut a race lap before. It’ll be interesting to see how all of that compares. Hopefully we will able to get on the podium.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle

Event Info: Click here // Tickets: Click here // Volunteers: Click here
Play Fantasy Challenge: Click here
Download the App: App Store // Google Play
Supercar Round 10 Finals: September 9, 4:30PM ET, NBC // Supercar Round 11 Finals: September 10, 4:30PM ET, NBC
Lites Rounds 10-11 Finals: September 13, 4:30PM ET, NBCSN

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