A big weekend awaits in La-La-Land for Red Bull Global Rallycross.
In addition to the return of action sports icon (and former NASCAR racer) Travis Pastrana to GRC competition, the series will stage a pair of full-points races on Saturday and Sunday at the Port of Los Angeles. If you recall, the series added a second round in the City of Angels after its Detroit event, originally set for Aug. 2-3, couldn’t come off.
A nine-turn, .586-mile circuit will be the battleground this weekend. Drivers won’t encounter dirt until they hit the right-hand Turn 6, which will also mark the start of the joker.
The dirt jump will be positioned between Turn 6 and 7, but the joker is perhaps the signature feature of this course, as it wraps around the final three corners – making it the longest joker of the 2014 GRC season.
After finishing eighth in last weekend’s inaugural Formula E race in Beijing, Nelson Piquet Jr. is back in his familiar Ford Fiesta this week and holding a 40-point lead over Ken Block in the championship.
Block has been on a tear as of late with three consecutive podium finishes (which includes a Round 5 win at Charlotte), the longest active streak in GRC.
In the last race at Daytona, Block was runner-up behind Rhys Millen, who bagged his first series victory for himself and for Hyundai. However, Millen was penalized 50 championship points and fined $5,000 after his No. 67 Hyundai Veloster was found equipped with speed sensors in post-race inspection. The sensors were deemed as not having given the car a performance advantage.
Both GRC finals from Los Angeles will air LIVE Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on NBC-TV and NBC Sports Live Extra.
SUPERCARS ENTRY LIST – RED BULL GRC AT LOS ANGELES
00-Steve Arpin, Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford
07-Nelson Piquet Jr., Brasilia, Brazil, SH Racing Rallycross Ford
11-Sverre Isachsen, Hokksund, Norway, Subaru Rally Team USA
14-Austin Dyne, Los Angeles, Barracuda Racing Ford
18-Patrik Sandell, Ostersund, Sweden, Olsbergs MSE Ford
27-Emma Gilmour, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing
31-Joni Wiman, Pohja, Finland, Olsbergs MSE Ford
34-Tanner Foust, Dana Point, CA, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
43-Ken Block, Park City, UT, Hoonigan Racing Division Ford
67-Rhys Millen, Huntington Beach, CA, Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing
77-Scott Speed, Mt. Holly, NC, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
81-Bucky Lasek, Dundalk, MD, Subaru Rally Team USA
199-Travis Pastrana, Annapolis, MD, Subaru Rally Team USA