JYVASKYLA, FINLAND - AUGUST 02: Daniel Sordo of Spain and Marc Marti of Spain compete in their Citroen C4 Total during Leg 3 of the WRC Neste Oil Rally of Finland on August 02 , 2009 in Jyvaskyla, Finland (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)

Red Bull GRC: TOTAL Quartz named as a new series partner

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Red Bull Global Rallycross adds TOTAL Quartz as its new Official Lubricant Partner in 2018. Total and Red Bull have partnered before in FIA World Rally Championship competition (see above). See below for more on this Red Bull GRC partnership.

Red Bull Global Rallycross and Total Specialties USA, Inc., Total S.A.’s US marketing affiliate, have announced a multi-year agreement that will see Total become the Official Lubricant Partner of Red Bull GRC. Through its TOTAL Quartz brand, Total will leverage Red Bull GRC’s nationwide live events, broadcasts, and digital and social content platforms to grow its footprint in North America.

“Across the globe, the TOTAL Quartz brand is known for excellence in its oil and lubricants, and excellence in motorsport,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “We are beyond excited to reveal a multi-year partnership with Total as the Official Lubricant Partner of Red Bull Global Rallycross, and we look forward to writing the next chapter in its incredible racing heritage.”

Total has a long and storied motorsports history, including partnerships in Formula 1, 24 Hours of Le Mans, World Rally Championship, and Dakar Rally, among others. Legendary drivers from Sebastien Loeb to Sebastian Vettel have campaigned the brand’s iconic redand-white colors to countless race wins and world championships.

“This is a significant time for Total as we embark on our sponsorship as the Official Lubricant Partner of Red Bull Global Rallycross. We are very pleased to partner with such a strong and influential brand as Red Bull GRC, and we look forward to growing the relationship in years to come,” commented Christophe Doussoux, Senior Vice President, Lubricants for Total Specialties USA, Inc.

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

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool
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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