Red Bull GRC: Dallas Event Preview

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The Red Bull Global Rallycross has its second weekend and third race of the season this weekend, in Dallas. Rain is possible. You can see it this weekend at 2:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, on NBC.

The series’ preview is below:

IN BRIEF: After a compelling doubleheader in Phoenix, the Red Bull Global Rallycross season continues with a brand new event in Dallas at Fair Park. Tanner Foust will go for his third consecutive victory to start off the season and become the first driver to reach 10 Supercar wins in Red Bull GRC competition.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

Saturday, June 4, 2:30PM ET on NBC and liveextra.nbcsports.com
Saturday, June 4, 3PM ET on Red Bull TV

NBC Sports will have a broadcast of this weekend’s Global Rallycross races from Dallas on Saturday from2:30-4PM ET on NBC. Fans can see it all in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports Live Extra online at NBCSports.com/LiveExtra, or through the Live Extra app on mobile, tablet and through the Apple TV or Roku connected TV devices.

TICKETS: Click here

EVENT SPOTTER GUIDE: Click here

LAST RACE: Tanner Foust demolished the Supercar field at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix by leading every lap and scoring every point in the season-opening doubleheader. Patrik Sandell and Brian Deegan completed Saturday’s podium, while Scott Speed and Sebastian Eriksson finished second and thirdon Sunday.

DRIVER CHANGES: Each of the drivers who competed in both Phoenix finals will return to competition in Dallas.

THE TRACK: The .808-mile Fair Park course features 16 turns, as well as a Joker Lap that allows drivers to skip the jump once per race—though, unlike in Phoenix, this weekend’s Joker will be shorter. Click here for more information on the track.

INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNERS FACE OFF IN RED BULL GRC: Indianapolis 500-winning team owner Michael Andretti, co-owner and race strategist Bryan Herta, and manufacturer Honda will all have entries at Red Bull GRC Dallas. However, all three parties will compete separately in the rallycross showdown; Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross is fully separate from the Ford-backed Bryan Herta Rallysport team, while Honda backs with four-time Supercar champions Olsbergs MSE in the first season for the Civic Coupe.

FOUST ENTERS DALLAS WITH DEFINITIVE POINTS LEAD: A two-time Red Bull GRC Supercar champion already, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Tanner Foust heads into this weekend’s action up by 25 points in the standings over teammate Scott Speed. Bryan Herta Rallysport driver Patrik Sandell sits third, 31 points back, while Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan round out the top five.

HONDA RED BULL OLSBERGS MSE AIMS TO BUILD MOMENTUM: It took Honda only two Red Bull GRC starts to take its first podium result, as Sebastian Eriksson gave Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE a third-place finish in the second Phoenix final. Eriksson, the 2015 Supercar runner-up, and teammate Joni Wiman, the 2014 Supercar champion, sit sixth and seventh in points heading into this weekend’s action.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Dallas:

Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport: “I’ve been up in the spotter stand and looked over the course, and it looks nice. It’s a lot of different type of tarmacs, and especially in rain, you will really feel the difference in grip in different type of tarmacs. So it really wouldn’t affect the car as much in dry. But if we get it wet, you will definitely have a few corners that will be really slippery and with a few corners with really good grip as well on tarmac. The dirt section, I really like on the track—a little concern is that the dirt is on top of the asphalt, so the water will really have nowhere to go, like normal dirt. So I don’t know if that will make the dirt float around. So that will be an interesting thing. If it is floating around, I will just go maximum attack anyhow. It won’t really affect me, but it will be interesting to see.”

Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “Your setups are way different in the rain. Everyone is just running way softer—through springs, on roll bars, changing dampers, everything is just soft. Just trying to get the car to move and just get grip. Whatever you need to get grip, you do it.”

Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe: “Obviously the new car seems like it is competitive. I think we have made some improvements and we have some new stuff on the car so, so we should get there and we will fight for the win. We have a team with a lot of experience and they know how to set up the car. Obviously we don’t know about the new car and how it’s going to be in the rain, but I think it’s going to be good.”