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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 on Silverstone pole; Nico Hulkenberg a surprising third

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Valtteri Bottas nipped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in Silverstone qualifying Saturday to maintain the team’s hammerlock on F1 results this season while Nico Hulkenberg was a surprise in third.

Hulkenberg is filling in for Sergio Perez for the second consecutive race while the Racing Point driver recovers from coronavirus.

It’s the best F1 start since 2016 for Hulkenberg, who was left without a full-time ride after the 2019 season. He finished 20th at Silverstone last week when an engine problem on the grid prevented him ftaking the green.

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“The last seven to eight days have been crazy,” Hulkenberg said after qualifying. “This weekend I felt much better prepared. Q3 was just head down, full beans, and give it whatever I had.

“I’m a bit surprised to be standing here, but there’s a big smile on my face.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fourth and will be among the field trying to derail the Mercedes duo that has won the first four races of an F1 season delayed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Feels good,” Bottas said after nipping Hamilton by a few hundredths of a second on his final lap for his 13th career pole position. ” I just love qualifying especially, when it goes well. Proud to drive this car. The race pace is there, so our first job is to get a good start off the line tomorrow and go from there.”

The impressive lap came two days after Bottas, who won the season opener in Austria, announced a one-year contract extension with the team.

Mercedes also is set to begin negotiating a new deal with Hamilton, who has won the past three races in F1 but was disappointed Saturday.

“Valtteri did a great job, but for me, it wasn’t a perfect last lap,” he said. “I don’t think many teams will be doing a one-stop race tomorrow so let’s wait and see how things turn out.”