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Red Bull GRC: Anderson set for GRC Lites debut with CORE

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Scott Anderson, who’s ran in parts of three Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires seasons, will make his GRC Lites debut in Red Bull Global Rallycross for CORE autosport this weekend in Seattle, and is also set for an encore run at the series’ season finale in Los Angeles from Oct. 7-9. He’ll be in the team’s No. 56 entry.

CORE will be split between its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams (the Prototype Challenge single-car team and two-car Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR programs) and GRC this weekend, with GRC in Seattle and IMSA at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

A release on Anderson’s GRC Lites debut is below:

Scott Anderson will be making his Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites debut at Seattle Evergreen Speedway on September 16-17 with CORE autosport. The 26 year-old American from Fort Collins, Colorado will remain with CORE autosport as the Red Bull GRC season concludes with a doubleheader at Port of Los Angeles in California with the vision of securing a full 2017 season ride.

“I’ve been eyeing Global Rallycross a lot over the past couple of years. It looks like the most fun one could have in a race car, and I’ve wanted to try out some sort of rally, so this is the most excited I’ve been in a long time” said Anderson. “I’ve had less seat time this year than I have had in my career. I’m really itching to get started with CORE autosport this week.”

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Headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, CORE autosport competes in multiple racing series across the spectrum from the IMSA Prototype Challenge Class, IMSA GTLM factory program for Porsche Motorsport, and the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites category.

“All of us at CORE autosport are excited to have Scott Anderson join our team for the upcoming Red Bull Global Rallycross events,” said team owner and race car driver Jon Bennett. “Scott’s successful racing experience in open wheel racing will be the foundation to his success in this competitive series. We value Scott’s fresh perspective and look forward to his feedback improving our entire program.”

Anderson’s vast experience in open-wheel racing originates from his 2011 Skip Barber National Championship win, in addition to his 2012 debut in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system where he finished third in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with two victories and three podium finishes. He finished fifth in the Pro Mazda Championship with a second place finish and six additional top-five results the following year. Graduating to Indy Lights for the 2014 season, Anderson claimed his best Indy Lights finish in 2015 where he finished a season-high of third.

Research and development tax credit specialists Hull & Knarr are longtime supporters of Anderson and were his primary sponsor in Indy Lights. They will continue their partnership in GRC and will also be joined by Evil Bikes as the primary sponsor. “I want to thank Hull & Knarr and Evil Bikes for their support because I would not be in a car without them. I am extremely grateful that they have my back,” said Anderson.

Valtteri Bottas takes pole position for season-opening Austrian GP

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas upstaged Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole position Saturday for the Formula One Austrian GP.

The Finnish driver edged out the world champion by 0.012 seconds to claim the top spot for the season opener at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. He clenched his fist as he climbed out of his car and shared a hug with Hamilton.

“It’s something special when you push the car to the limit,” said Bottas, who is chasing an eighth career win. “Feels so good. It’s very impressive (from the team).”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, and Lando Norris gave McLaren a boost by finishing fourth. Verstappen has won the past two years here, including 2019 when he started third behind Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

“It’s going to be interesting quite a bit warmer tomorrow and hopefully this will play to our advantage,” Verstappen said. “Today, Mercedes was on a different level, unfortunately. Last year we were also a little bit off in qualifying so I expect we will be a bit better in the race.”

Bottas had the leading time when drivers embarked on their final laps and beat his own mark before sliding off the track into the gravel.

Hamilton was chasing a record-extending 89th career pole. He was ahead but then dropped off slightly as Bottas secured a 12th career pole.

“Great job by Valtteri. It’s a great start to the season,” Hamilton said. “We show year on year that we continue to be the best team. We’re open-minded … constantly learning from each other and pushing the boundaries.”

Ferrari struggled for speed, with Leclerc nearly one second behind in seventh and Sebastian Vettel failing to make it into the third and final part of qualifying, known as Q3. He starts the race from 11th on the grid.

Vettel is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season with his future in F1 uncertain.

Earlier, Hamilton posted the fastest time in morning practice. The 35-year-old British driver was also quickest in both sessions on Friday.

Midway through third practice, F1 newcomer Nicholas Latifi misjudged the exit of a turn and spun his Williams car into a protective tire wall.