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Red Bull GRC: Seattle doubleheader return at Evergreen confirmed

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Red Bull Global Rallycross already had Seattle pegged on the 2017 schedule and has now formally confirmed the return of the popular round at Evergreen Speedway with a doubleheader weekend next season, September 9-10.

The full release from the series is below:

Building off of last year’s wildly popular debut, Evergreen Speedway will host the penultimate event of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season for the second year in a row in 2017. Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle will be expanded to a doubleheader this year, staging Rounds 10 and 11 of the 12-round schedule on Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10.

“Red Bull GRC fans showed up in full force to support the series’ return to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, and we can think of no better way to reward their unwavering support than to bring them more action packed racing with a doubleheader event at Evergreen Speedway,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne.

Evergreen Speedway president Doug Hobbs said, “Red Bull Global Rallycross is a world class racing series that we are proud to host at our facility. Fans that missed out in 2016 have been waiting for this release for the past six months. We know this year will be even bigger and badder than last!”

In 2016, fans packed the facility to see drivers jostle for championship position at Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle. Drivers will return to action on the same course layout this year, charging down the frontstretch into the banked Turns 1 and 2 before diving into the dirt infield and conquering the dirt, Joker Lap, and signature 70-foot jump.

In 2016, fans packed the stands of Evergreen Speedway to see drivers jostle for championship position at Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle. Drivers will return to action on the same course layout this year, charging down the frontstretch into the banked Turns 1 and 2 before diving into the dirt infield and conquering the dirt, Joker Lap, and signature 70-foot jump.

In last year’s Supercar final, fan favorite Tanner Foust became the first driver to win both drifting and rallycross events at the track, while also reclaiming the championship lead. In GRC Lites, Washington-based DirtFish Motorsports scored a dominant victory with Conner Martell, much to the delight of local fans. Both drivers are expected to attempt to defend their wins in 2017 against a field that includes two-time defending Supercar champion Scott Speed and a multi-car effort from fan favorites Subaru Rally Team USA.

Hamilton, Red Bull teammates both go to NASA before USGP

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One of the more intriguing United States Grand Prix adventures occurred on Wednesday, as both Lewis Hamilton and the pair of Red Bull Racing teammates, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, all went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston – in separate sessions – before heading onto Austin.

Hamilton posted on his Instagram story on Wednesday that he’d “quit his day job in a second” to work at NASA and become an astronaut, and the unbridled enthusiasm spoke to the three-time Formula 1 World Champion’s love of different life aspects entirely outside of racing.

“(I) had an incredible day yesterday, having a bit of a comedown today,” Hamilton said today at the FIA Press Conference. “I was just buzzed all day yesterday because it’s always been something I’ve wanted to do. It’s always something I’ve been fascinated about, space and space travel particularly.

“So to actually go there… and I had a million questions. I’m sure the guy got fed up with me. I asked a lot of questions and I got to see a lot of great things, some of the new technology they are working on and yeah, I want to go back.”

The Mercedes AMG Petronas team posted a gallery of Hamilton’s adventure on its website, linked here, and a few samples are below.

As for the Red Bull pair, the young duo of Ricciardo and Verstappen were equally awestruck by the experience.

“There really are a lot of similarities between this and F1, just the technology alone,” Ricciardo said. “I had a guest come to a race last year, when they got into the garage they were like: ‘this is like a space station’. We went to mission control here and it’s really like what we have in the Ops Room in Milton Keynes. Even the safety technology is similar. The astronauts go through the same measurements, a similar kind of HANS device etc. It’s really cool.”

Verstappen added, “There are quite a lot of comparisons, if you really want to talk about it we could go on for an hour! The control center looks pretty similar to ours. We share a lot of the same technology. It was really interesting for us to see that and I bet it would be the same if they could see ours.”

Here’s a link to Red Bull’s gallery and some teaser shots below.