Red Bull GRC: SH Rallycross premieres patriotic HAUS livery for MCAS

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Some of the most exciting words you hear in motorsports in 2015 is “SH Racing/ SH Rallycross has a new livery.”

The team has knocked it out of the park again with the new HAUS Personal Vaporizer red, white and blue livery for Nelson Piquet Jr., in the No. 07 Ford Fiesta ST at this week’s Red Bull Global Rallycross race at the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River.

Here is the full release, below:

SH Racing Rallycross today announced that HAUS™ Personal Vaporizer by Mistic® will serve as primary sponsor for the No. 07 HAUS-SH Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST machine, which will be piloted by Nelson Piquet Jr. in round No. 4 of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross series being held on July 5th at the Marine Corps Air Station New River (MCAS).

The No. 07 HAUS-SH Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST will also debut a special Fourth of July, American flag-themed livery at the MCAS event.

“As an independent American vapor company that makes and assembles our products in the U.S., we’re proud to be celebrating the spirit of America and honoring our troops with an all-American themed GRC car with a great driver like Nelson behind the wheel,” said John Wiesehan Jr., CEO of Mistic. “This event is another opportunity for us to showcase our HAUS brand as a significant alternative to smoking to a national audience.”

Mistic, maker of the HAUS Personal Vaporizer and other high quality, value-priced vapor products, is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. and is entering its second year as a full-season partner of SH Rallycross. HAUS served as primary sponsor for the No. 07 SH Racing Ford Fiesta during last year’s GRC event at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway where Piquet Jr. finished on the podium placing third.

“After just one season, HAUS is quickly becoming the personal vaporizer and e-liquid of choice for Rallycross and motor sports fans across the country,” said James “Sulli” Sullivan, principal,SH Rallycross. “With the race on the base being live on NBC, this is going to be an incredible moment for the HAUS brand and the fans alike as we will be debuting a special livery to celebrate the Fourth of July.”

Piquet Jr., who became the historic first Formula E champion last weekend, earned his fifth podium of his Red Bull GRC career during the 2015 series kickoff event held in Ft. Lauderdale, as well as his eighth and ninth career heat victories. Last weekend at Daytona he finished seventh in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. Piquet Jr. is currently in fourth place in the driver championship with 106 points, 31 points out of the lead. The former Formula One and NASCAR driver was in a tight points race in 2014 leading most of the season. He ended up finishing fourth overall in GRC supercars division, with four podiums and seven heat wins.

“It’s great to have HAUS Personal Vaporizers as our sponsor for the MCAS event,” said Piquet Jr. “This is the second year that Mistic has been a supporter of SH Rallycross and I am proud to have a North Carolina based company represented on my car with this awesome livery for the Fourth of July at the Marine Corps Air Station in Jacksonville, N.C.  I look forward to giving Mistic and their guests something to cheer about in their backyard over the Fourth of July weekend.”

Round 4 of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Series will be broadcast nationally on NBC starting at 5 p.m. EST. The Marine Corps Air Station New River is a United States Marine Corps helicopter and tilt-rotor base in Jacksonville, N.C. near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

Mario Andretti says Colton Herta could be next American star in F1

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Mario Andretti’s last Formula One victory is also the last by an American driver in more than 42 years on the international open-wheel road racing series.

If you had told Andretti that while he was celebrating on the Grand Prix of the Netherlands podium on Aug. 27, 1978 at the Vandzoort circuit, he wouldn’t have believed it.

“Absolutely not,” Andretti told Kyle Petty during the most recent “Coffee With Kyle” episode (video above). “It’s a shame. Somehow we have so much talent here, and either there’s no invitation or something there. But I think it’s time to give some of this young talent that, in my opinion, is absolutely capable.”

The Dutch GP was the last of Andretti’s 12 victories in F1 and came during his championship season. No one since has come close to matching his success in F1.

Mario Andretti drives his Lotus-Ford to victory in the 1978 Grand Prix of the Netherlands (Bernard Cahier/Getty Images).

Andretti’s son, Michael, took a full-time ride with McLaren in 1993 but left with three races remaining in a season marred by crashes and mechanical problems.

Scott Speed was the last American to run a full F1 season in 2006, and Alexander Rossi made the most recent F1 start by a U.S. driver in 2015. Rossi has said he has no desire to return to racing in Europe after winning the 2016 Indianapolis 500 and becoming an IndyCar championship contender.

But Mario Andretti believes Andretti Autosport has another rising star with F1-caliber ability.

“Colton Herta is one that comes to mind,” Mario Andretti said. “As a young lad, his dad sent him to Europe, he was doing Formula 3, and he knows most of the circuits there. He’s trained. He’s showed in his rookie season and won some premium races at COTA (and Laguna Seca), beat two of the very best Indy has to offer (in) Will Power and Scott Dixon.

“This is one kid I’d love to see him get a break over there to fly the U.S. colors again.”

Herta, 20, seems interested in exploring an F1 leap over the next few years. After winning Sept. 13 at Mid-Ohio from the pole position (his third career victory in the NTT IndyCar Series), the No. 88 Dallara-Honda driver is ranked fourth in the standings in his sophomore year and regarded as one of the series’ top prospects.

Herta recently told RACER.com “I’d love to give Formula 1 a crack” but said he also would be happy driving in IndyCar and IMSA.

A naturalized U.S. citizen who told Petty about spending several years with his family in an Italian refugee camp before coming to America, Mario Andretti said F1 brought an enormous sense of patriotic pride.

“Formula One is like the Olympics in a sense,” he said. “You’re in a different country, a different continent. When you earn that highest step of the podium, they play your national anthem. That’s when you take nothing for granted. You feel like I’m representing my country, and the proudest moments are those.

“I’d just like to see some other American drivers experience that. It’s time.”

Mario Andretti with four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton before the Nov. 22, 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).

During the “Coffee With Kyle” conversation, Andretti also discussed:

–His versatility as a winner in IndyCar, sports cars, NASCAR and Formula One;

–His 1967 Daytona 500 victory and how he enjoyed racing with crew chief Jake Elder at the famed Holman-Moody team;

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Mario Andretti and Kyle Petty saluted “The King” by wearing their Richard Petty-style hats during the latest “Coffee With Kyle” (NBCSN).

–Why he delayed his entry to F1 for a few years because of his earnings power in IndyCar. “I always say I’d race for free, but at the same time, you’re thinking of family and the future,” he said. “It was in the back of your mind that you can’t give up the earning power of IndyCar. That kept me from going full time in Formula One, but I always said that sometime in my career, I’d have to devote a period to Formula One.”

–On what it was like racing in an era when driver deaths were more prevalent. “If you’re going to do this, you’re not going to dwell on those negatives,” Andretti said. “There’s no way. You knew it was present. Especially in the ‘60s at the beginning of the season at the drivers meetings, you couldn’t help but look around and say, ‘I wonder who is not going to be here at the end of the season.’ We’d lose four to five guys. In ’64, we lost six guys.

“It’s something if you dwell on that, you’re going to take on a different profession. It’s a desire and love to want to drive that overcame all that and then the confidence it’s not going to happen to me. And then you pray.”

Watch the full “Coffee With Kyle” episode in the video above or by clicking here.

Mario Andretti looks on before the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on May 26, 2019 (Chris Graythen/Getty Images).