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.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.