Patrik Sandell, Kobalt Tools return to Bryan Herta Rallysport

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There haven’t been a ton of Red Bull Global Rallycross announcements as yet ahead of the 2016 season, but one was made today with Patrik Sandell back with Bryan Herta Rallysport.

See the team’s release, below:

Red Bull Global Rallycross veteran driver Patrik Sandell will pilot the No. 18 Kobalt Tools Ford for a second season for Bryan Herta Rallysport. The Lowe’s-exclusive tool brand will return to the team as primary sponsor for the first seven races of the 2016 RBGRC Series.

“I am very excited to be back with Bryan Herta Rallysport. Last season was a really good first year for us. It was a good learning experience and we really came together as a great team,” said Sandell. “Kobalt has been a great supporter of my career since I started this series four years ago and I am very excited to have them on board with us again this year.”

“We are very happy to have Kobalt Tools and Patrik back for 2016,” said Herta. “Kobalt is a huge asset to the team and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with them this year. Last year was a great year for the whole organization, we had a win in Detroit and quite a few podiums. The chemistry between the team, Kobalt, and Sandell is incredible and there is no doubt we will be a championship contending team this season. The Rallysport crew has been hard at work this off-season, so we cannot wait to get back on track in Phoenix.”

The Swedish-native played a key role in the success of Bryan Herta Rallysport’s debut season, collecting one victory in Detroit, four podiums and eleven heat race wins. The 33-year-old finished eighth overall in the championship standing for 2015. Sandell will serve as the focal point of the organization’s one-car effort in its sophomore production.

“We have made some good upgrades to the car and I have done everything I can to be as good as humanly possible coming into the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. I think we have a package to put us in the fight to win the championship this year,” added Sandell. “The series has made a lot of great announcements this off season and it is really progressing. It really shows that this is the right motorsport and the right series to be in all over the world. Everything is lined up for success.”

Based out of North Carolina, Kobalt Tools has been a dedicated partner of Patrik Sandell since 2013. The brand joined Bryan Herta Rallysport in 2015 for the team’s debut season and also expanded their role in the series as sponsor of the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap.

The battle for the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship begins May 21 and 22 at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Arizona. Catch the action on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. ET.

Supercross: Haiden Deegan debuts in 250s at Houston, Justin Cooper graduates to 450 class for Star Yamaha

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Rising star Haiden Deegan will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut in Houston, Texas with Yamaha Star Racing while the 2021 250 West champion Justin Cooper graduates to 450s.

Deegan, the son of motocross and off-road legend Brian Deegan and brother of NASCAR Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan, made two starts in the Pro Motocross outdoors season last year. He finished 31st overall at the Ironman Nationals in Crawfordsville, Indiana and was 13th at Fox Raceway in the season-ender at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, but the overall results did not necessarily reflect how well he ran. In both events, he challenged for top-10s during portions of the week and actually finished 10th in one of the Pala motos.

Last week, Haiden finished fifth in the Supercross 250 Futures in Anaheim 2.

“We’re really excited to get the season on the East Coast started,” said Monster Energy Team Manager Jensen Hendler in a press release. “It’s also exciting to have Haiden move up to join our pro program this season and to have Justin make his debut on the 450. The guys have been working hard and are looking forward to seeing what they can do this weekend in Houston.”

After scoring a 250SX Futures podium, Talon Hawkins gets 250 East ride.

Deegan will join Nate Thrasher and Jordon Smith in the 250 East division this week.

Cooper moves into the 450 class this weekend. According to Supercross rules, after winning the 2021 championship, he had one season to defend his title and then would be required to move up a class. Cooper missed all of last year to injury.

Cooper was healthy when the outdoor season started and he earned five podiums and nine top-fives in 12 rounds. Three of these races ended in runners-up finishes, at Hangtown, in Rancho Cordova, California, Washougal, Washington and Unadilla, New York.

Cooper joins Eli Tomac and Dylan Ferrandis in the 450 class and will race select events.

Justin Cooper learned to temper aggression with speed

Cooper’s Houston attempt will be the first of an undisclosed number of races he will compete in during the 2023 season.

“It’s been about two years since I’ve lined up for a supercross, and now it’s in a new class with the best guys, so I’m excited to just get out there,” Cooper said. “I’m looking to get back under the lights and learn what I can. Overall, I’m just really excited to be in the position to be out there, so I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy it!”

Deegan and Cooper will be part of a seven-rider Supercross lineup for Yamaha Star Racing. Nick Romano will debut in the 250 East division later this year.