Bryan Herta creates two car Red Bull Global Rallycross series team

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Long Beach, CA -Indianapolis 500 championship team owner Bryan Herta is proud to announce expansion into the Red Bull Global Rallycross series with the launch of Bryan Herta Rallysport (BHR). Along with partner Sean Jones of 7R, Inc., BHR will field two teams in the GRC Supercar series and one in the GRC Lites category. Driver and sponsor announcements will follow today in separate announcements.

Herta has been looking into expansion and diversification outside of the Verizon IndyCar Series since the team won the 2011 Indianapolis 500. The schedule and business plan of the Red Bull Global Rallycross series presented just the opportunity Herta and his business partners desired.

The team will be based in the Bryan Herta Autosport shop in Indianapolis, IN. BHR will campaign All Wheel Drive Rallycross M-Sport built cars capable of 650-horsepower. Longtime IndyCar engineer Brian Page will oversee the team’s technical development and day-to-day operations, and Nick Franzosi will be the crew chief.

Quotes from Bryan Herta about formation of BHR:
“This is a very exciting day as we start a new adventure in motorsports. The Red Bull Global Rallycross Series has shown amazing growth over the last couple years, and we are excited about the first rate television package. The demographic for the series complements our existing efforts in the Verizon Indycar Series, and we now have a real one-two punch to offer our partners. I’m especially proud to welcome Sean Jones as a partner, we have been friends since we raced against each other almost 25 years ago.”

Quotes from Sean Jones about formation of BHR:
“I’m really looking forward to this new venture with Bryan. We started as competitors many years ago and now we’ve come full circle as partners in Bryan Herta Rallycross. I’m thrilled to bring my energy and experience to bear into this sport – I grew up in it both personally and professionally, and partnering with Bryan feels like the natural progression for me.”

“The Red Bull Global Rallycross series is on the rise and its fast paced, high energy and action-packed formula resonates with the fans. While we’re just now announcing our program, Don Lambert, Brian Page, Nick Franzosi and the rest of the gang at the shop have been working on this project for several months.”
“Add to that our diverse, talented and motivated group of drivers, factor in our commercial partners, Lowe’s and Kobalt Tools and Castrol MAGNATEC- all with a rich history in Motorsports and we should have a winning formula on our hands. I can’t wait for the 2015 Championship to kick off next month in Ft. Lauderdale!”

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”