SH Rallycross, HYDROXYCUT return to Red Bull GRC with Nelson Piquet Jr.

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Nelson Piquet Jr., SH Racing and HYDROXYCUT are back for the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. See release below:

SH Racing Rallycross announced today it will return to the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship for the 2015 season with International Racer and X GAMES medalist Nelson Piquet Jr. behind the wheel.

The team also unveiled a fresh look on its OMSE built Factory Ford Fiesta ST with new Primary sponsorship from HYDROXYCUT.  The No. 07 will showcase the newly revealed HYDROXYCUT livery at seven of twelve Red Bull GRC races this year, as well as the 2015 Austin X GAMES.

Commenting on the twin announcements, SH Racing Rallycross team owner James “Sulli” Sullivan said, “Last year we laid the foundation and this year we’re building the house. Not only do we have continuity with Nelson, but the 2015 team we’ve built is stronger and smarter than last year.  I’m stoked!”

SH Rallycross had a break out first season contending for the RedBull Global Rallycross Championship its first year in the series with four consecutive podiums including taking Bronze at the Summer X GAMES with Piquet Jr. behind the wheel.

Piquet Jr., who quickly adapted to Rallycross with SH in 2014, spent four years working his way up the NASCAR ranks. During his NASCAR career, Piquet Jr. became the first Brazilian to visit Victory Lane in the Nationwide Series by taking the checkered flag at Road America in 2012. He is best known for his time in Formula 1 with the ING Renault team, starting as a test driver and graduating to a full-time ride. He also won the Formula E event in Long Beach.

“I am really looking forward to competing again with SH Rallycross in this year’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship,” Piquet Jr. said. “It’s a series that I absolutely love. I had so much fun last year. Together we achieved a lot and had numerous podiums and a lot of highlights. We didn’t get that elusive win, but this year that is very much our expectation. The team and set up we have this year is a different ballgame.”

Piquet Jr. went on to say, “SH Rallycross is mixing IndyCar engineering with Rallycross knowhow and our aim is to make a step up from last year and be consistently competing at the top end of the action. It’s also really exciting to have Hydroxycut on board. They’ve been involved with motorsports now for three years and already have Indy 500 and Toronto GP wins under their belt – I’m aiming to add a GRC win to that tally for them! The start of the season can’t come quick enough.”

SH Rallycross expects to make another major sponsorship announcement in the coming weeks which shall include the unveiling of the sponsor and livery for the season opening race in Ft. Lauderdale on May 31st.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


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