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Red Bull GRC releases shaken up 2017 schedule

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Red Bull Global Rallycross has released its 2017 schedule, which features a number of changes compared to the 2016 schedule.

Nearly half the schedule is shaken up for the championship, and only three races return from 2016 into 2017: Atlantic City, Seattle and Los Angeles. Their dates are within the same months of August, September and October as they were in 2016, but not necessarily on the same weekend.

Those three weekends comprise Rounds 8 to 12, with Atlantic City and Seattle featuring doubleheaders and Los Angeles with a single-round finale.

It’s Rounds 1 through 7 where things get switched up compared to 2016, although the series resumes in markets it’s been in before (Tennessee, New England).

Phoenix, Dallas, Daytona and MCAS New River are all gone for 2017. In their place come races in Memphis, Louisville, Thompson, Conn. a TBD-site in Canada and Indianapolis, from April through July. Thompson and Canada will be doubleheader weekends with the others all single-round weekends.

“This should be a banner year for Red Bull GRC as we continue our ascent in the world of motorsport,” Red Bull GRC CEO, Colin Dyne said in a release. “We listened to the feedback from our fans, and the 2017 schedule reflects the demand to bring our unique brand of racing to new locations, as well as to return to a number of fan-favorite venues from previous seasons.”

For those teams that have both IndyCar and Red Bull GRC programs, there are four weekends where they overlap. IndyCar is at Phoenix when Red Bull GRC is at Memphis, and subsequent overlaps occur at Indianapolis qualifying/Louisville, Detroit/Thompson, and Iowa/Indianapolis.

The Phoenix and Iowa IndyCar weekends will also see both IndyCar and Red Bull GRC on the NBC Sports Group networks on the same weekend.

Full TV details should come shortly for Supercars and GRC Lites shows.

The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross event schedule is as follows:

  • Round 1: Memphis, TN (April 29)
  • Round 2: Louisville, KY (May 21)
  • Round 3: Thompson, CT (June 3)*
  • Round 4: Thompson, CT (June 4)*
  • Round 5: Canada (June 17)*
  • Round 6: Canada (June 18)*
  • Round 7: Indianapolis, IN (July 9)
  • Round 8: Atlantic City, NJ (August 12)*
  • Round 9: Atlantic City, NJ (August 13)*
  • Round 10: Seattle, WA (September 9)*
  • Round 11: Seattle, WA (September 10)*
  • Round 12: Los Angeles, CA (October 14)

*Indicates doubleheader

Specific event details, including venues, ticket sale information and broadcast times, will be released in the coming weeks.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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