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Red Bull GRC: Polaris RZR side-by-side category added

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More unique content will come to Red Bull Global Rallycross in its 2018 season, with a third category added to the headlining Supercars and GRC Lites divisions.

The Polaris RZR side-by-side vehicles will be added as a separate category compared to the more traditional cars of Red Bull GRC. This will give more weekend content on Red Bull GRC weekends.

The series is yet to reveal its full 2018 calendar but traditionally starts anywhere from late April to mid-to-late May. The full release is below.

Red Bull Global Rallycross and Polaris will introduce a new racing series under the Red Bull GRC banner for the 2018 season. The multi-year partnership will bring to the series a brand new racing category with the Polaris RZR® side-by-sides, expanding the existing Red Bull GRC competition landscape that currently includes the Supercar and GRC Lites classes.

“Polaris is the ideal partner for us to work with as we develop this new entry point class for young drivers to enter the sport of rallycross,” said Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne. “They are a high performance, dynamic brand that will bring more racing excitement to our fans, and will further expand our unique presence in the world of racing.”

The side-by-side competition will be the third Red Bull GRC racing category to take to the track in 2018. Joining the flagship Supercar class that launched with the series’ inception in 2011 and the GRC Lites driver development class that debuted in 2013, the side-by-side competition serves as a new and flexible entry point to Red Bull GRC.

“This partnership brings together two thrill-seeking brands synonymous with blazing their own trails,” said Matt Boone, marketing manager for Polaris RZR and GENERAL. “The side-by-side competition is the perfect opportunity to showcase a vehicle that is built for power and precision, and will add a new adrenaline-pumping experience for Red Bull GRC fans.”

More details about the racing vehicles will be made available in January 2018. Prospective race teams and drivers with interest in learning more about the USAC-sanctioned category can contact info@redbullglobalrallycross.com.

MRTI: Keith Donegan earns Mazda Shootout Scholarship

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Dublin, Ireland’s Keith Donegan claimed a $200K scholarship from Mazda after emerging victorious at the second annual Mazda Road to Indy Shootout. The 20-year-old Donegan earned an at-large nomination for the scholarship based on his performance at this year’s Formula Ford Festival, in which he finished second in the final, and emerged from a pack of 17 drivers from across the globe to claim the scholarship.

“It really hasn’t hit me yet,” said an emotional Donegan, who earlier in his career actually spent two years away from racing as he focused on academics. “The weekend was really good and I enjoyed it. I have to say a huge thanks to Mazda and Cooper Tires and everyone at the Mazda Road to Indy. I enjoyed every moment. Throughout the weekend we were consistent and I kept the small things in check. I didn’t make any stupid mistakes and kept my head cool and that really paid off in the end.”

The two-day shootout was held at the Bondurant Racing School in Arizona and saw the nominated drivers tackle the school’s 1.6-mile circuit in Formula Mazda race cars before facing on and off-track assessments. Donegan was selected by a panel of judges that included former driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series TV analyst Scott Goodyear, Mazda drivers Tom Long, Andrew Carbonell, and Jonathan Bomarito, as well as Victor Franzoni – the current champion of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – and Oliver Askew, the current champion of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

Donegan was humbled to be in the presence of drivers who have won scholarships and championships previously, and added that he is grateful to have the opportunity to continue his racing career.

“You see all these champions here today that will go on to great things in the future and I’m sure the names you see here today aren’t going to disappear,” Donegan added. “They will be back up there and I’m sure I will be racing them again some day. It is an unbelievable opportunity to be given and for Mazda to provide that for any young driver. It just gives that bit of motivation that you need because the [U.S.] is where you need to go to become a professional these days. It is such a boost to my career.”

Donegan is now slated to join the 2018 USF2000 championship, with further announcements regarding the team with whom he’ll be racing to come in the future.

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