WIX filters continues partnership with SH Rallycross

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SH Rallycross announced today WIX® Filters will be the primary sponsor on the No. 07 SH Racing Ford Fiesta, driven by Nelson Piquet Jr., for three races during the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

In addition, WIX will serve as a major associate sponsor with SH Rallycross for the 12-race 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season as well as the 2015 X Games. This is the second consecutive season WIX has partnered with SH Rallycross.

“We are very excited to have WIX Filters back with SH Rallycross in 2015,” said Dennis Reinbold, Partner in the SH Rallycross program. “WIX is a tremendously valued contributor to our motorsports activities and critical to the performance of our race cars. With four podium finishes, seven heat wins and an X Games medal in 2014, we’re looking to continue our success together and build upon what we have achieved both on and off the track.”

Piquet’s Ford Fiesta will sport a special WIX Filters livery in the Ft. Lauderdale season opener on May 31, as well as in Detroit on July 25 and the Port of Los Angeles race on September 12.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with SH Rallycross and Nelson again this season,” said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. “Nelson has a great personality and a loyal following of global fans, so it’s a strong partnership for the WIX brand. Coming off such a great 2014, we’re excited to see what he and this team accomplish this year.”

WIX’s racing products include oil, air and fuel filters that have been track tested and proven in all levels of stock car, dirt track, off-road and drag racing. WIX uses motorsports as a grueling testing ground for scenarios involving high temperatures, fluctuations in pressure and rapid breakdown of engine oil.

“WIX Filters has been a leader in its category for 75 years and SH Rallycross is excited to be continuing this relationship in 2015,” said James “Sulli” Sullivan, Principal SH Rallycross. “We are very pleased to have WIX as the primary sponsor on our race car when the season opens May 31 in Ft. Lauderdale.”

Piquet became an X Games Medalist after capturing the bronze in the 2014 X Games Austin, and had podium finishes in the Washington, D.C., Charlotte, and New York events while scoring seven heat wins.

“It’s great to have WIX Filters back with SH Rallycross for the 2015 season,” said Piquet, who placed fourth in the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross SuperCars point standings. “We had a solid season last year and we hope to improve those performances with wins in 2015.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross events are contested on tracks between a half-mile and a mile in length, featuring a mixture of dirt, tarmac and other obstacles. Events include qualifying, heat races, a last-chance qualifier and the final, where the winner is determined.

GRC vehicles are able to produce 600 horsepower, accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, withstand 70-foot jumps and do not include traction control.

SH Rallycross previously announced that The No. 07 car will have primary sponsorship from HYDROXYCUT at seven of twelve Red Bull GRC races this year, as well as the 2015 Austin X GAMES. The team expects to make additional major primary and associate sponsorship announcements in the coming weeks.

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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