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.

IndyCar’s season finale at St. Pete approved to have 20,000 fans

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The NTT IndyCar Series’ season finale will be permitted up to 20,000 fans, making the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg possibly the circuit’s most well-attended race of 2020. The race originally was scheduled as the season opener before being moved to Oct. 25 because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

IndyCar has enjoyed limited crowds at Road America, Iowa Speedway, Gateway, Mid-Ohio and this weekend’s doubleheader races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, which could have up to 10,000 fans in attendance. That had been the largest maximum grandstand crowd for an IndyCar race this season.

At a St. Petersburg city council meeting Thursday, Mayor Rick Kriseman approved plans by race organizers Green Savoree Racing Promotions to hold the Oct. 23-25 weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Pete with 20,000 fans who would follow health and safety protocols that include mandatory temperature checks and masks.

 “My thanks to Green Savoree Racing Promotions and IndyCar for their flexibility and resilience during this challenging time,” Kriseman said in a release. “I know that everyone is excited to get back on the track in St. Pete. I can’t wait for Oct. 23rd. I know everyone will embrace this race the St. Pete way, adhering to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Let’s have some great racing in the Sunshine City.”

Paddock and the pit lane will remain closed to spectators, and social distancing of at least 6 feet will be observed on site.

“Our entire team greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of our ticket holders as we worked through this process with Mayor Kriseman, City Council and local health officials,” Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Promotions. “It’s important for everyone who attends to read and follow all the COVID-19 protocols to contribute to a fun, safe and successful event for us all.”

“The ongoing guidance and support of Mayor Kriseman, City Council, and the City of St. Petersburg’s event team have been phenomenal,” said Kevin Savoree, co-owner, president and COO of Green Savoree Promotions. “We also would not be in this position to move this spring tradition to fall without Firestone’s unwavering commitment and dedication. It’s going to be a terrific weekend again in downtown St. Pete in three weeks featuring world-class racing from INDYCAR.”