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.
- 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.
- 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).
07-Nelson Piquet Jr.