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GRC Lites: Fort Lauderdale race preview
Written by GRC    Saturday, 30 May 2015 20:47    PDF Print E-mail

GRC Lites’ third season kicks off with a new event in the city of Fort Lauderdale this weekend. With a record-tying ten entries, including six newcomers to the class, Lites is poised for its finest season yet.


TUNE IN INFORMATION: Wednesday, June 3, 4:30PM ET on NBCSN
NBC Sports Group will be offering live streaming of the Global Rallycross Fort Lauderdale race through the NBC Sports Live Extra app via desktop, mobile and tablet.
TICKETS: Click here
2015 SPECTATOR GUIDE: Click here
LAST RACE: Mitchell DeJong set a record with his seventh win of the 2014 GRC Lites season in last year’s finale in Las Vegas. Andreas Bakkerud, making his GRC Lites debut, finished second, while Austin Cindric placed third.
DRIVER CHANGES: Click here for a 2014-15 silly season recap detailing driver changes since last year’s finale in Las Vegas.
In addition to the changes here, Duncker Felix Jr. will substitute for Alex Keyes in this weekend’s event, while Miles Maroney will join Felix as a teammate at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
THE TRACK: Click here for full details about the brand new .420-mile course at the Bahia Mar Resort.
LITES CLASS BOASTS RECORD-TYING FIELD: Ten drivers will compete in this weekend’s GRC Lites event in Fort Lauderdale, tying last year’s record at X Games Austin. Only four of this weekend’s drivers—Olsbergs MSE teammates Austin Cindric and Oliver Eriksson, AF Racing’s Alejandro Fernandez, and DTV Solutions’ Geoff Sykes—have competed in a GRC Lites event before.
STANDALONE TV PACKAGE FOR LITES IN 2015: For the very first time, GRC Lites will have its own race broadcasts in the 2015 season, airing in the week following the event on the NBC Sports Network. The first Lites broadcast will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, June 3 at 4:30PM ET. Leigh Diffey and Anders Krohn will call the event.
NEW TEAMS ENTER GRC LITES: DirtFish Motorsports, River Racing, and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will all make their first GRC Lites appearances in this weekend’s event. Dreyer & Reinbold, which will enter two vehicles, has competed in IndyCar events since 2000, while DirtFish Rally School has served as a previous Red Bull GRC event host and vehicle sponsor. River Racing, which will run in cooperation with Bryan Herta Rallysport, is a new racing organization.
QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Fort Lauderdale:
Tanner Whitten, #15 DirtFish Motorsports: “I think the whole course layout is going to be really exciting for the fans that come. It really has that kind of Monaco Grand Prix feel to it, especially in the hairpin coming towards the jump. I’ve never hit a jump before, so it’ll be a learning experience for me! From what I’ve seen of the course, the passing opportunities are going to be in turn three, because there’s a really tight hairpin into an off-camber tracking point. It’s really going to be all about getting that car pointed so you can cut underneath on the long straightaway into the next two corners. I think it’s going to be very, very interesting to see how the Lites cars adapt to the tight course. It’s going to be all about attrition, being really careful with your equipment, and taking care of your stuff for ten solid laps. With how tight it is, the start is going to be very crucial.”
Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE: “The track is really narrow, and the concrete walls are making it harder to have speed. But I think that just staying cool, staying out of trouble, and finding the right speed will be crucial all week to winning.”
Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “The first thing I noticed about the layout is that it’s quite short. It’s predominantly pavement, so as somebody who’s never driven on dirt before, that’s good news for me. The jump should be interesting—I’ve been told that’s the easiest part, but I’m not sure about that! I’m excited. I don’t really have any circuits like this to compare it to, so I’m going in with a fresh approach. It does look like the laps are going to go by quick, and it should be busy, but I’m excited.”

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