AST RACE: In one of the most popular races—and results—in Red Bull GRC history, Subaru Rally Team USA driver Sverre Isachsen took the first series victory for both team and driver at DirtFish Rally School in September. Isachsen, who earned the fifth podium of his Red Bull GRC career, held off Joni Wiman and Brian Deegan for the victory.
DRIVER CHANGES: Pat Moro returns to the Red Bull GRC field for the first time since Daytona International Speedway in August. Moro, driving the #59 PMR Motorsports Chevrolet Sonic, will be making his fifth start in the Sonic, dating back to last September at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
THE TRACK: The .627-mile, counterclockwise course at The LINQ features a 62% pavement to 38% dirt split. With a sweeping first corner, multiple hairpins, and a long backstretch, the wide course is certain to feature numerous passing opportunities. The joker lane, which bypasses the jump and leads to a hairpin before the finish line, will offer drivers a multiple second advantage per lap.
RED BULL GRC ENDS 2014 SEASON AT NEW LAS VEGAS VENUE: For the first time, the Red Bull Global Rallycross Las Vegas season finale will take place at The LINQ Hotel and Casino, a Caesars Entertainment Corporation property. Caesars Palace has an extensive history of motorsports productions, including multiple Formula 1 races in the 1980s and Evel Knievel’s famous motorcycle jump in 1967. This will be the third consecutive year in which Red Bull GRC wraps up its season in Las Vegas; in 2012, Tanner Foust took the season-ending victory and championship, while Ken Block took his first series victory in Las Vegas last year.
FOUR-WAY TITLE FIGHT IN SUPERCARS: Olsbergs MSE rookie and defending GRC Lites champion Joni Wiman is in the catbird’s seat heading into the season finale, holding a 12-point lead over Hoonigan Racing Division’s Ken Block. But with 56 points on offer at every Red Bull GRC event, that lead is far from safe; in fact, SH Racing Rallycross’ Nelson Piquet Jr. (28 points back) and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed (29 behind) are also still eligible for the championship. Wiman can clinch the championship with a second place finish regardless of heat results, but under the right circumstances, can clinch the title with a finish as low as fourth.
SPEED STANDS ALONE IN MAIN EVENT APPEARANCES: When Austin Dyne missed the final at Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, it meant that Scott Speed became the last remaining Supercar driver to have competed in every main event in the 2014 season. His impressive run comes despite having appeared in four of the last five last chance qualifier races. Speed’s main event streak now dates back 13 races to last August at X Games Los Angeles, tying it for the third-longest streak of its kind in series history. He will attempt to extend the streak while racing a Beetle for the first time.
Source: Global RallyCross Championship