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Red Bull GRC: Foust back on top in Seattle

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The pendulum swung back to Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust in the ninth round of Red Bull Global Rallycross’ 2016 season, with Foust scoring his fourth win of the year and first since Daytona race two back in mid-June.

Foust, driver of the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Volkswagen Beetle GRC, dominated the series’ return to Seattle, now racing at Evergreen Speedway rather than at DirtFish as it was in the past.

Foust has also retaken the lead in the championship from Scott Speed in the process. Speed, Foust’s teammate, had won the last three races but finished fourth in the Supercar final today. Speed entered the race with a nine-point lead, 409-400.

The two drivers that split the Andretti teammates were the pair of Honda Civic Coupe drivers, Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman, who brought the Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE its first double podium of the season and the first double podium for the new Hondas, which premiered earlier this year.

Steve Arpin brought the No. 00 ENEOS Ford Fiesta ST to fifth, as Chip Ganassi Rallycross secured a top-five finish with one of its two cars here in one of the team’s six series, 14-car effort across the country this weekend.

Meanwhile in sixth, past Subaru World Rally Team factory ace Chris Atkinson brought Subaru Rally Team USA easily its best finish of the year.

Brian Deegan, Nelson Piquet Jr., David Higgins and Austin Dyne completed the top 10 in the Supercar final.

The season finale is back to a doubleheader weekend at Los Angeles, Oct. 8-9. Both races will air on Sunday, Oct. 9, on NBC at 3 p.m. ET.

IndyCar’s Vasser-Sullivan expand into IMSA for 2019

James Sullivan and Jimmy Vasser. Photo IndyCar
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Not even one year after returning to the IndyCar ranks, Vasser-Sullivan Racing is taking AIM at the IMSA world, you might say.

While team co-owners Jimmy Vasser and James “Sulli” Sullivan will continue to partner with Dale Coyne Racing on the IndyCar side, they expanded their holdings Tuesday, announcing a partnership with AIM Autosport to campaign a new two-car Lexus-backed RC F GT3 effort in IMSA’s GT Daytona class.

The new team – named AIM Vasser-Sullivan – will replace 3GT Racing, which was part of Lexus’ sports car program launch in 2016. It will announce its two drivers in the coming weeks, the team said.

“Sulli and I are excited and looking forward to entering a new chapter in our racing careers,” Vasser said in a media release. “I have driven sports cars before, but my career was pretty much limited to the 24 Hours of Daytona, including a ‘class’ win in 1992 and second overall in 2008.

“The AIM Vasser Sullivan team, with the support of Lexus and our sponsors, has the tools to get the job done and we are looking forward to this new challenge.”

Lexus has made significant progress in its first two seasons in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, having earned a combined two race wins, five poles and finished third in the 2018 GTD Manufacturer point standings.

Vasser and Sullivan were part of the ownership group of KVSH Racing in IndyCar from 2011 through 2016 before the organization folded.

They also owned Tony Kanaan’s 2013 Indianapolis 500-winning car.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Vasser, a former CART champion, and Sullivan rejoined forces this past February, just before the start of the 2018 IndyCar season, partnering with Coyne to form a satellite team led by driver Sebastien Bourdais, who previously drove for KVSH.

Bourdais kicked off the new team’s effort with a win in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He finished seventh in the overall season standings.

AIM Vasser Sullivan will have two home bases for its IMSA program: AIM’s current facility in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, as well as a new U.S. shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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