Red Bull Global Rallycross begins 2014 season this weekend in Barbados

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The gentle waves, the cool ocean breeze, the warm sunshine – Barbados can be quite a serene place.

But not this weekend.

The Red Bull Global Rallycross contingent is visiting the Caribbean island for business, not pleasure. Well, maybe a little pleasure…But not until after their season-opener, which is part of the Top Gear Festival Barbados at Bushy Park Circuit.

The GRC event is part of a jam-packed two day party that will feature – among other things – hordes of supercars, Formula One demonstrations from Lewis Hamilton, and the usual Top Gear cast: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and the man that lets his right foot do the talking – The Stig.

You can watch the race on Saturday, May 24, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC will air most of the GRC races this season (primarily live), with re-airs on NBCSN, the NBC Sports Network.

Plenty of talent will be on the GRC grid this year, and their accomplishments speak for themselves.

Perhaps the one driver that jumps out for most American race fans is Scott Speed, the former F1 and NASCAR racer that’s teamed with two-time GRC champ Tanner Foust at Andretti Autosport.

Another major name is Ken Block, who won the GRC season finale last year in Las Vegas and has become an icon to millions of young action sports aficionados thanks in part to his electrifying series of Gymkhana driving videos.

This season’s driver roster also features Emma Gilmour, the first female competitor in GRC history that’s driving for and teaming with former Pikes Peak Hill Climb world record holder Rhys Millen.

Also ready to rock and roll are drivers such as Nelson Piquet Jr., who like Speed, also has experience in the F1 and NASCAR worlds; Sverre Isachsen, a multi-time rallycross champion in Europe; former NASCAR K&N Series veteran Austin Dyne; and Bucky Lasek, a X Games skateboarding legend that’s entering his third GRC campaign after winning the series’ 2013 sportsmanship award.

2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Schedule

May 18 – Top Gear Festival Barbados (May 24, 1 p.m. ET on NBC)

June 7 – X Games Austin (check local listings)

June 22 – Volkswagen Rallycross DC (LIVE, 2 p.m. ET on NBC)

July 20 – New York, NY (LIVE, 2 p.m. ET on NBC)

July 26 – Charlotte, NC (LIVE, 3 p.m. ET on NBC)

Aug. 3 – Detroit, MI (LIVE, 2 p.m. ET on NBC)

Aug. 23 – Daytona Beach, FL (LIVE, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC)

Sept. 20 – Los Angeles, CA (LIVE, 5 p.m. ET on NBC)

Sept. 27 – Seattle, WA (Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC)

Nov. 5 – Las Vegas, NV (Nov. 16, 2 p.m. ET on NBC)

Red Bull Global Rallycross Drivers/Teams

Supercars

00-Steve Arpin (CAN), Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta ST

04-Sarah Burgess (AUS), BMI Racing Chevrolet Sonic

07-Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA), SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST

11-Sverre Isachsen (NOR), Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

14-Austin Dyne (USA), Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta ST

18-Patrik Sandell (SWE), Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST

27-Emma Gilmour (NZL), Rhys Miller Racing Hyundai Veloster

31-Joni Wiman (FIN), Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST

34-Tanner Foust (USA), Andretti Autosport Volkswagen Polo

38-Brian Deegan (USA), Ford Fiesta ST

43-Ken Block (USA), Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST

59-Pat Moro (USA), Chevrolet Sonic Racing/PMR Motorsports

67-Rhys Millen (USA), Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster

77-Scott Speed (USA), Andretti Autosport Volkswagen Polo

81-Bucky Lasek (USA), Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

199-Travis Pastrana (USA), Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

GRC Lites

24-Mitchell Dejong (USA, Olsbergs MSE), 39-Kevin Ericsson (SWE, Olsbergs MSE), 60-Tyler Benson (USA, Rhys Miller Racing), 65-Geoff Sykes (USA, Team TBA), 77-Austin Cindric (USA, Go Puck/Nightrain), 79-Blake Fuller (USA, Go Puck/Nightrain), 88-Harry Cheung (USA, Cohesive Front Racing), 126-Alejandro Fernandez (COL, Olsbergs MSE).

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.