Red Bull GRC: Media day series notes

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – Thursday marked the full Red Bull Global Rallycross preseason media day at the Hotel Maya pavilion, on the south side of the Long Beach street circuit.

More original content from the event will follow in the days and weeks to come on MotorSportsTalk, from a series of interviews gathered.

In there interim, here’s a quick recap from the series of what was announced and discussed on Thursday:

Red Bull Global Rallycross held its annual preseason press day on Thursday at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Nearly every driver in the series attended the afternoon event, in which numerous teams confirmed plans and revealed new partnerships for the 2015 season.

Major announcements from the event included:

  • NBC Sports’ 2015 television schedules for both the Supercar class and GRC Lites were unveiled. The NBC family of networks will broadcast 24.5 hours of original Red Bull GRC content this season, with live Supercar shows on local NBC networks and both Supercar rebroadcasts and Lites broadcasts on NBCSN.
  • Indianapolis 500-winning team owner Bryan Herta announced the formation of Bryan Herta Rallysport, which will campaign two Supercars for Austin Dyne and Patrik Sandell and one GRC Lites car for Collete Davis. Herta’s Supercar squad will race a pair of M-Sport built Ford Fiesta STs (more on Herta’s crazy Thursday here).
  • Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled liveries for Supercar drivers Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan. Team owner Chip Ganassi made his first appearance at a Red Bull GRC event as an active team owner, praising the series and race format while emphasizing the team’s determination to win.
  • SH Racing Rallycross confirmed the team’s return to Red Bull GRC for 2015, with Nelson Piquet Jr. returning to the team’s Olsbergs MSE-built Ford Fiesta ST.
  • Subaru Rally Team USA confirmed the team’s 2015 Red Bull GRC plans, with Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen contesting every event in a pair of new Subaru WRX STIs. Travis Pastrana will compete at X Games Austin, while the team has a fleet of four cars from the previous generation available to race.
  • Finally, Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne confirmed a two-year extension with series title partner Red Bull, taking the two parties’ deal through 2017.