Red Bull winners Jett Lawrence, Sergio Perez hit the Homestretch in online racing

Lawrence confidence Supercross
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Online racing is a great equalizer, but when Red Bull elite athletes and top-notch entertainers are tossed into the mix, things get unbalanced quickly. Especially when two of the racers are the quirky, slightly unbalanced motocross and supercross star Jett Lawrence and the Red Bull Rallycross racer with a never-ending smile, Scott Speed.

On Friday, a roster of 10 A-list competitors donned their most comfortable uniforms – probably pajamas – and headed to the virtual starting line for the third and final Red Bull Homestretch event. They competed in seven-round, Gran Turismo Sport matchup that included head-to-head duels, zealous alliances and incessant trash talking.

Winning wasn’t necessarily the goal, but it can’t be spliced from a racer’s DNA and Speed was the driver who pulled out the overall victory. He tapped into the race to replace Sergio Perez, who last visited Victory Lane in the real world last week in the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and Lawrence with his Pro Motocross season-opening win at Fox Raceway.

The 10 competitors raced for points in two teams. Perez was the “Viewer’s Choice” to head the Blue Team while rapper, singer and producer Blxst helmed the Red Team.

Race 1 went to the Red Team with Lawrence besting the Red Bull Ring Short Track. Race 2 was claimed by Blxst. The Blue Team finally earned a victory in Race 3.

So, in a crazy turn of events after Race 3, Perez recruited a successor, Speed, to take his place and finish the races.

It was the winning move. Speed won two of the remaining four races, including the finale on the famed Red Bull Ring.

One of the highlights of the Red Bull online racing event was Lawrence channeling his inner “Tokyo drift” as he tried to push snowboarder Zeb Powell out of first – but that is hard to do to an athlete accustomed to slippery conditions.

In another amusing moment, Lawrence attempted a victory donut when he thought he’d won before the checkered flag. “I thought the finish line was closer,” he said.

Jett Lawrence’s donut-inspired Homestretch car.

Drivers even flipped the tactical approach on its head several times when they used their last-place position to sabotage the racers lapping them with a sudden game of bumper cars.

Once the virtual smoke cleared, drivers put their differences aside with virtual fist-bumps and complete admiration for each other’s gameplay.

Race Results

  • Race 1 – Red Bull Ring Short Track: Jett Lawrence
  • Race 2 – Blue Moon Bay Speedway: Blxst
  • Race 3 – Kyoto – Miyabi: Matthew Noszka
  • Race 4 – Autodromo Nazionale Monza: Zeb Powell
  • Race 5 – Tokyo Expressway: Scott Speed
  • Race 6 – Sardegna – Windmills II: Matthew Noszka
  • Race 7 – Red Bull Ring: Scott Speed

Overall Champion: Scott Speed

Catch up on the action from the Red Bull Homestretch three events on Red Bull Twitch and Red Bull Motorsports YouTube.

Cadillac confirms WEC driver lineup with Chip Ganassi Racing that will race Le Mans in 2023

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Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing announced their driver lineup for a 2023 entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the sports car series that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Cadillac V-LMDh entry will be driven by Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn, who were teamed on the No. 02 Cadillac that competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi class this season and won the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The third driver will be Richard Westbrook, who will return to Ganassi after helping the team to a GT class win at Le Mans in 2018.

The team also will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the rebranded Grand Touring Prototype premier category, which is designed for crossover between the top prototypes in IMSA and WEC. Ganassi will field a second entry at Daytona with its No. 01 Cadillac that will compete full time in IMSA with Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande.

A Ganassi spokesman said the team hopes to run its second entry in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans but only its WEC team is confirmed (an AOC invitation would be required for the IMSA team). The team also is exploring options but currently plans to have the WEC’s team base of operations in Indianapolis.

Ganassi is the first American-based prototype team to confirm its entry in the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s expected that Team Penske, which raced this year’s Le Mans with a full-time WEC entry in LMP2, also will race Le Mans with Porsche’s new LMDh car that is set for IMSA, but the manufacturer has yet to confirm its driver and team lineup.

Next year will mark the return of Cadillac to Le Mans for the first time since 2002.

Before joining Ganassi last year, Lynn made 28 WEC starts since 2016, winning the LMGTE Pro class at Le Mans in 2020.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to continue with Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing,” Lynn said in a release. “It’s a huge honor to drive for Chip in any capacity but certainly on a full factory sports car program, it’s seriously cool. Cadillac has so much heritage as a luxury North American sports car brand, so to be able to represent them is a huge privilege. I’ve had a lot of fun in my first year doing it and to continue that onto the World Endurance Championship stage is fantastic.

“For me, returning to WEC is sort of what I’ve always known and it’s a bit like going into my wheelhouse. This year in IMSA was a bit different with getting to know all-new circuits and a new style of racing so 2023 will be filled with a bit more of what I’m used to with more of a European focus. I think what’s significant about WEC is without a doubt Le Mans. As a sports car race, Le Mans is the crown jewel and everything that we want to win. To be able to take Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac back to Le Mans to fight for overall honors is a huge honor and that’s something that I’m going to work tirelessly to make sure we achieve.”

Bamber won the Le Mans overall in 2015 and ’17 with Porsche teams and also was a 2019 GTLM champion in IMSA.

“I am really happy to continue at Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac,” Bamber said in a release. “I’ve loved my first season in DPi and now to continue over into the LMDh era and WEC is super exciting. Looking forward to fighting for a world championship and another Le Mans victory.

“The World Endurance Championships gives us the opportunity to race at the world’s biggest race, which is Le Mans, the crown jewel of sports car racing. I’ve been lucky enough to win it before and it’s obviously a huge goal for Cadillac and everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing. To have that goal in sight is really exciting. It’s been great to have Alex as a teammate in 2022. We’ve been able to learn and grow together in the DPi, and we have a really good partnership going into WEC. We know each other really well and believe adding Richard will be a seamless transition.”

Said Westbrook: “After four really good years at Chip Ganassi Racing, I’ve got so many friends there and I’ve always dreamt to come back one day. It just worked so well between 2016 and 2019, and I’m delighted we found a route to come together again. I can’t wait, it’s an exciting era in sports car racing right now.

“I feel like I know Alex and Earl really well. I did Le Mans with Alex in 2020 and I’ve known him for years. It feels like I’m going back with an ex-teammate and exactly the same with Earl. Although I’ve never shared a car with Earl, we’ve always done the same sort of racing be it in WEC or in IMSA. We’ve had lots of battles, including this year in our dueling Cadillacs. We’ve always gotten along quite well, and I can say we’re going to have a great year together.”

The seven-race WEC season, which also includes a stop at Spa, will begin March 17 with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.