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Red Bull Frozen Rush occurs today, runs later this month on NBC

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The Red Bull Frozen Rush returns this month to NBC, with today’s event streaming live via Red Bull TV at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Here’s a preview, via a full release:

It was just three years ago when the only off-road Pro 4 truck race on snow, Red Bull Frozen Rush, first premiered on the slopes of Maine’s Sunday River Ski Resort and it will be during the first full week of 2016 when the world will once again experience motorsports innovation at its best.

Temperatures will drop to below freezing and the normally warm weather 900-horspower engines and their drivers will battle the elements on Friday, January 8, 2016 to capture the coveted first place crown. The competition will be broadcasted live and on demand on Red Bull TV as part of the Red Bull Signatures Series, a collection of the most progressive events in action sports.

Going head-to-head and pitting season-long rivals against each other on unpredictable terrain is what makes the high-flying, gate-dodging, and snow-sliding action of speeding Pro 4 trucks with specially spiked tires so exhilarating and dramatic to watch. Red Bull Frozen Rush’s young and hungry reigning champion, Bryce Menzies edged out the previous year’s winner and motorsports legend Ricky Johnson in 2015. This year, he will look to hold on to his place at the top, having recently found success racing Pro 4’s full time.

“The cold is bitter and unforgiving. It messes with the equipment but my team and I welcome the challenge of figuring out the best way to succeed”, said the 28-year-old Menzies. “Last year I came to win, this year I intend to dominate.”

Unfortunately, dominance won’t come easy over this year’s field of champions. Ricky Johnson, Scott Douglas, Rob MacCachren, and Carl Renezeder all return for their third year of competition at Red Bull Frozen Rush. Last year’s newcomers, RJ Anderson and Chad Hord, will also be bringing the heat to Maine. Johnny Greaves will be back for another shot at the title, one he narrowly missed just two years ago, while his son CJ Greaves, hot off a record-breaking season, will hit the snow for his first time.

The United States Auto Club, one of auto racing’s leading governing bodies and an international motorsports authority, has sanctioned the race for its third year and will again oversee safety and competition to ensure that Red Bull Frozen Rush will be an amazing experience for both spectators and competitors alike. One-of-a-kind, studded and specially designed All-Terrain tires from BFGoodrich’s Research and Development team will outfit each vehicle, enabling it to power up the hill.

Red Bull Frozen Rush will webcast live at 11:30 am ET on Friday, January 8, 2016 on Red Bull TV player. Accessible via the web (www.redbull.tv) and its Android and iOS applications, Red Bull TV is also available as a pre-installed channel on Samsung Smart TVs and Apple TV, and as a free, downloadable app on Roku, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV and Nexus Player devices so viewers can watch Red Bull Frozen Rush on the go or from any screen in the house.

This one-of-its-kind competition, powered by Pennzoil Synthetics in partnership with BFGoodrich and Polaris RZR, will be part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the most progressive and innovative action sports events in the world. As part of the Signature Series, a full-length broadcast of Red Bull Frozen Rush also airs January 2016 on NBC.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.