Red Bull GRC: Collete Davis, River Racing return to GRC Lites

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Another news item that came in late last week was the confirmation that Collete Davis and River Racing will be back in the Red Bull Global Rallycross’ GRC Lites division for the upcoming season.

Davis, who ran under the Bryan Herta Rallysport tent last year, and River Racing will shift to Rhys Millen Racing.

Millen ran a handful of GRC events last year in the Supercars division with a Hyundai Veloster, but has generally starred in motorsports over a 20-year-plus career.

“I actually tested with RMR before the last race of the season last year,” Davis said in a release. “In that one-day test, I learned so much it was crazy. From that moment, I knew I wanted to work with them in 2016.”

Millen added, “I am excited to welcome Collete to the team and look forward to watching her apply the offseason testing we have been doing for the 2016 Red Bull GRC season. Collete is a delight to work with, listens and applies well and has developed a strong skill set that is sure to impress on track this season.”

A video of Davis’ preparation for the 2016 season is linked above. A further Q&A with her and the full press release are linked in this sentence.

Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick team up again on NBC’s Indy 500 coverage

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Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick will return to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Indianapolis 500, which will be broadcast Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC (green flag at 2:30 p.m.).

Tirico and Patrick, who both joined NBC Sports for its inaugural coverage of the event last year, will reprise their roles as host and studio analyst.

One of the most versatile voices in sports, Tirico also hosts NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage, Football Night in America and many other premier events, including hosting on-site at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year for the first-ever IndyCar-NASCAR crossover weekend.

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He again will be joined during prerace, in-race, and postrace coverage by Patrick, who became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in 2005 and also was the first female pole-sitter in NASCAR driver.

They will make their debut together duing practice coverage on Aug. 21, on NBCSN.

“My first Indy 500 last year exceeded my very high expectations in every way,” Tirico said in a release. “Although this year’s race will take place under unprecedented circumstances, I can’t wait to get back to Indy. I’m confident that our team at the Brickyard will provide viewers with as exciting a viewing experience as possible. I am also thrilled that Danica Patrick is along for the ride again this year. We had such a great time last May and look forward to bringing Indy home for the viewers again.”

Said Patrick: “The Indianapolis 500 is an event that transcends mainstream and motorsports which is why it’s so special. We are living during a time that if we can bring people together, we should. Even if it’s not physically. I am honored to be back with the NBC Sports team and Mike Tirico. The memories I have from 15 years at IMS hold such a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to make more this year in the booth, or however we are positioned in 2020!”

This will mark NBC Sports’ second season as the exclusive home of the NTT IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, which will take place in August for the first time ever because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.