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.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”