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Red Bull GRC: Piquet Jr. back for Washington, D.C. with SH Rallycross/DRR

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Nelson Piquet Jr., who scored both his and SH Rallycross/DRR’s first Red Bull Global Rallycross victory last year at Washington, D.C., will make at least a one-off return for next weekend’s race at D.C.’s RFK Stadium (Saturday, July 30, 2 p.m. ET, NBC).

The team’s release is below:

SH Rallycross/DRR announced today that Nelson Piquet Jr. will return to the team to defend his Washington D. C. Red Bull Global Rallycross win.

Piquet Jr., who drove for the team in 2014 and 2015, finishing fourth in the championship both years, claimed his first and the team’s first victory last year in Washington D.C. He will pilot the No. 07 MET-Rx – SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST machine in his bid to repeat as the Washington D. C. winner.

Commenting on the announcements, SH Racing Rallycross/DRR team owner James “Sulli” Sullivan said, “Last year Nelson did a fantastic job bringing us our first GRC win. The opportunity arose for him to race with us again for the Washington D.C. event, so we felt it only fitting that we put him back behind the wheel and see if he can make magic again.”

“I’ve missed competing in Red Bull GRC with SH Rallycross/DRR,” said Piquet Jr. “I had such a great couple of seasons with the team and I love rallycross. Sulli and I are friends and have kept in touch. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to race again with the team that helped me get my first GRC victory.

Piquet Jr. has made 26 RBGRC starts. He drove four races in 2013 before joining SH Rallycross in 2014. In 22 starts with SH Rallycross, Piquet Jr. has earned 11 top-five finishes, including eight podium performances and the win in Washington D. C.. In addition, Piquet Jr. has piloted the SH Rallycross entry to 16 heat race wins and a bronze medal at the 2014 X GAMES Austin, earning SH Rallycross its first podium finish in only its third RBGRC event.

In addition to RBGRC, Piquet Jr. currently competes in the FIA Formula E Championship and, in 2015, he became the first Formula E world champion. Piquet Jr. has also contested races in Formula 1, GP2, Formula 3, NASCAR Trucks, Nationwide and Sprint Cup and Indy Lights.

SH Rallycross/DRR is in its fourth season of Red Bull Global Rallycross competition and third full season (ran the X Games Los Angeles in 2013). The team has finished fourth in the championship standings the last two seasons. In 2015, the team had its best season with four podium performances, including the win in Washington D. C. SH Rallycross was the only Red Bull Global Rallycross SuperCar team to make every main (final) event in 2015.

Adam Cianciarulo serves notice with Monster Energy Cup win

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In his debut on a 450 Kawasaki, Adam Cianciarulo held off teammate Eli Tomac in a hotly contested final Main to win the Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium: One race; one win.

“My first thought was, ‘what I life I get to live,’ ” Cianciarulo told NBCSN after the race. “That whole race I knew (Eli) was behind me. We had a gap and I knew it was going to come down to the Joker Lane.”

For Cianciarulo, it was all about managing pressure. He earned the holeshot in the first and final Mains. In the first race, he lost his bike and the lead under the bridge. In the final Main, he withstood a fierce charge for 10 laps from one of the best riders ever in Supercross.

Tomac stalked Cianciarulo for eight laps. At one point, he made the pass, but Cianciarulo expertly executed a crossover move and retook the point in the same corner. Tomac knew he was going to have to change things up if he wanted to make a pass for the lead and the overall win.

“Going into the Joker, I couldn’t really ever make the pass stick, so I thought let me get in this thing a lap early and see if I can make the speed up on the track,” Tomac said after the race.

He had a reason to believe it would turn out in his favor because he used the tactic in the second Main and made up four spots on the track – advancing from seventh to fourth.

“Just the opportunity to race with Eli,” Cianciarulo continued from Victory Lane. “You know, he’s accomplished so much and just to be out there on the track with him. I’m just stoked to be out there with him.”

Cianciarulo would have been forgiven if he thought Las Vegas owed him something. Entering the Supercross season finale this year, he only needed a clean finish to win the 250 West championship. He crashed and handed the win over to Dylan Ferrandis, but instead of allowing that to frustrate him, Cianciarulo used it as motivation.

“(Winning this race) is a little bit of redemption, but to be honest with you I look at (the accident in) Vegas now after winning the outdoor motocross championship as something that helped me get there,” Cianciarulo said. “It’s helped me grow.”

With his overall win, Cianciarulo pocketed a $100,000 check. The payday could have been $1 million if any rider had been able to win all three Mains. Instead, three Mains featured three different riders. Tomac won the first Main, Malcolm Stewart the second, and Cianciarulo the third.

Tomac stormed to the lead in the first Main and was slicing through the field in Main 2 before he flipped his bike on a bad landing. He fell from challenging for the lead to 10th. Ten laps does not allow a lot of time to make up for a mistake, but Tomac was able to make up significant time by taking the Joker Lane one lap before Cianciarulo and Stewart.

Malcolm Stewart finished third in his return to Supercross racing. SupercrossLive.com

Stewart would win the second Main, completing a comeback nine months in the making. Early in the Supercross season, he crashed hard in Phoenix and broke his femur.

“I’ve been waiting nine months for all this; I’m just having fun out there.” Stewart said at the end of Main 2. “We’ve got another race to go and hopefully we’re on the top step, but if not, we’re already making dreams come true. I’ve already marked things off my checklist. It was just to win a Main Event.”

Entering the final Main Cianciarulo, Tomac, and Stewart were in a dead heat in regard to points. Cianciarulo finished second in the first two Mains, Tomac had a 1-3 with Stewart at a 3-1. The battle would be a “winner takes all” scenario.

How they finished in the final Main determined the overall result with Stewart finishing third in the race and overall standings.

Vince Friese had the ride of his life. With a 4-5-5, he finished fourth.

Friese was also trying to erase an injury-plagued season.

“I had a good (2019) season going,” Friese said. “I don’t think I got to show everything I had. It was frustrating getting hurt just a few races in and five months off the motorcycle is not fun, so I was hungry tonight.”

The World Champion Tim Gajser scored a 7-4-4 and rounded out the top five.

Dean Wilson crashed hard in the last lap of practice. He was transported to the hospital with a leg injury.

Evan Ferry won the Supermini division on the strength of winning both Mains. Gavin Towers and Myles Gilmore rounded out the top three.

In 250 Futures, Jett Lawrence won both Mains and the overall. Jalek Swoll and Brock Papi rounded out the top three.

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