Red Bull GRC: Team seasons to date heading to Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS – The Red Bull Global Rallycross season concludes this week in Las Vegas, bringing to an end a season that has stretched just over five months since the opening round in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. at the end of May.

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will win the Supercars driver’s championship, with Scott Speed and Tanner Foust the only two drivers mathematically eligible to win the title.

Here’s theirs, and the rest of the teams’ seasons-to-date heading into the final round:

VOLKSWAGEN ANDRETTI RALLYCROSS

  • 41-Scott Speed (1st, 412 points, two wins), 34-Tanner Foust (2nd, 376, three)

In the team’s first full season with the VW Beetle, they’ve found consistency to match pace, particularly in the second half of the season. Of the team’s five wins in the previous 11 races this year, the last four have come consecutively at the Los Angeles (Speed) and Barbados (Foust) doubleheaders. Foust can overtake Speed to win his third GRC title but he’ll need a bit of help to do so.

OLSBERGS MSE

  • 93-Sebastian Eriksson (3rd, 351, one), 31-Joni Wiman (8th, 316, best finish third)

The veteran Ford Fiesta squad hasn’t quite dominated this year. Eriksson has been a revelation with a win earlier this year in Daytona, while Wiman heads into his final race as defending champion, still in search of his first career Supercars final win.

SH RALLYCROSS

  • 07-Nelson Piquet Jr. (4th, 351, one)

Piquet finally broke through in Washington, D.C. for his first GRC win of his career but has endured a roller-coaster season. Fifth and third in Barbados marked the first time he banked back-to-back top-fives all year.

HOONIGAN RACING DIVISION

  • 43-Ken Block (5th, 338, three)

Block started hot with three wins in the first five finals, but has been in a mini-slump since Detroit race two. He hasn’t banked a podium since D.C. and has failed to advance to the finals in two of the last four races.

BRYAN HERTA RALLYSPORT

  • 18-Patrik Sandell (6th, 326, one), 14-Austin Dyne (9th, 255, best finish second)

Sandell has been fast but unlucky for most of the season, while Dyne’s quick start has perhaps inadvertently coincided with the change in livery from a primarily yellow, orange and green Castrol GTX MAGNATEC livery to a black, Cuttwood e-liquid livery. Herta’s team concludes its first season in the series this week.

CHIP GANASSI RACING 

  • 00-Steve Arpin (7th, 318, best finish third), 38-Brian Deegan (10th, 195, best finish second)

CGR looks to conclude its first season in GRC with its first win. Arpin seeks first podium since Daytona, while Deegan was second in L.A. race two.

SUBARU RALLY TEAM USA

  • 11-Sverre Isachsen (11th, 133, best finish fourth), 81-Bucky Lasek (12th, 71, best finish, seventh), 75-David Higgins (no final round)

Nightmare season for Subaru has included a couple missed rounds and only a handful of final round appearances, with no podiums. Three-car lineup hopes to play spoiler in Las Vegas.

Pat Moro (No. 59 PMR Motorsports Chevrolet Sonic) rounds out the field of 14 Supercars in Las Vegas, and like Higgins, seeks to make his first final round appearance in Vegas.

2014 at LAS VEGAS

Ken Block concluded the 2014 season with a win, while Joni Wiman emerged at the head of a several-driver scrap to secure the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars championship (Wiman reflected on the season and what’s next after the fact).

FINAL RESULTS

43-Ken Block
31-Joni Wiman
81-Bucky Lasek
77-Scott Speed
11-Sverre Isachsen
34-Tanner Foust
27-Emma Gilmour
00-Steve Arpin
38-Brian Deegan
18-Patrick Sandell

LCQ RESULTS

11-Sverre Isachsen
38-Brian Deegan
34-Tanner Foust
27-Emma Gilmour
59-Pat Moro
14-Austin Dyne
67-Rhys Millen
07-Nelson Piquet Jr.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.