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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.

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool