GRC Supercar and GRC Lites Daytona race recap
Written by GRC    Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:09    Print
Tanner Foust and Sebastian Eriksson split this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross races at Daytona International Speedway, the first of four doubleheaders in the 2015 season. Foust earned his record sixth Supercar victory, while Eriksson took the first of his career for Olsbergs MSE.
 
SATURDAY RECAP: Patrik Sandell, Ken Block, and Jeff Ward qualified 1-2-3 and eventually lined up on the front row for Saturday’s main event, setting up a battle between three M-Sport Fords on the front row. But contact between all three drivers heading into the dirt hairpin opened the door for the field to push through, with Foust —who had missed most of Friday’s sessions with mechanical issues—claiming the lead.Behind him, Austin Dyne found himself in second, with the Olsbergs MSE pair of Joni Wiman and Sebastian Eriksson chasing him down. Eriksson took the joker to briefly grab second place on the final straightaway, but a heavy charge from Dyne at the last second allowed him to reclaim the spot in a photo finish.
 
SUNDAY RECAP: Ward qualified on Sunday’s pole and won one of his heats, but it was Eriksson and Block who took the top two spots heading into the main event. The Swedish rookie dove into the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap at the start of the race to get a hold on the lead position, but behind him, the other two podium places were anything but settled.Block, Ward, Steve Arpin, and Scott Speed all spent time in a top-three spot, but contact between Ward and Speed eliminated the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle from contention. As Block settled into second, Ward eventually climbed back up to third, but a rough driving call against him allowed his Canadian teammate to take the third and final step on the 
 
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (I), the second round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:
 
1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
2. Austin Dyne, #14 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
3. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
4. Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
5. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
 
The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (II), the third round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:
 
1. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
2. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
3. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
4. Jeff Ward, #360 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
5. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
 
 
QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (II), the third round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:
 
Sebastian Eriksson, Driver, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST:  “This is an iconic track. If you watch NASCAR at home in Sweden, it’s all about the Daytona 500 and that is the biggest race for me. And to be here on this track and to be able to win, it is just amazing.”

 

Ken Block, Driver, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST: “First lap — actually, all the first couple of laps — I kept getting hit in every one of the dirt corners. And then, eventually Arpin got into me too, and I gave it back to him. But it was a good challenge. Sebastian drove great—I wish I could’ve raced at him a bit more, but I was really defending behind me. But hey, he did a great job and so did Jeff Ward, you know, racing with that dude—I raced dirt bikes when I was a kid, and he’s one of the dudes I looked at in magazines and was one of my heroes for dirt-bike racing, so it was cool to be out there on the track with him. It was a really fun event. I wish yesterday had gone a little better, but, you know, at least we could come away with some points today, and that made up for a little bit.”
 
Steve Arpin, Driver, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “It was definitely exciting. Mr. Block and I had a little bit of contact earlier in the race and I accidentally got into him a little bit too hard, and so we had to give it back—I didn’t deserve that pass. But I bent my front end up a little bit and the car just would not turn around that first corner, or last corner, whatever you want to call it. And so that last corner, I just went in there and I held the bottom just to protect it, and I was down in the grass as far as I could go and I think he wanted to make a sharper corner of it than it actually was. So it’s just kind of one of those deals. I hate it, because Jeff Ward, this was his first race with us. He did an incredible job all weekend long, but our Loenbro guys, all the Ganassi guys, they deserved this podium. They work their tails off. This first stretch of races here has been hard on all of our guys—I’m sure these guys can attest. We struggled for the first day and a half, two days here and it’s honestly incredible to be sitting here on the podium.”
 
FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global RallycrossDaytona, the second and third rounds of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:
 
• Tanner Foust took the record setting sixth Supercar victory of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career in Saturday’s main event. Foust also extended his record of career podium finishes with 16.
 
• Austin Dyne earned the first podium of his Red Bull GRC Supercar career with Saturday’s second place finish. It was also the first podium for Bryan Herta Rallysport, which was competing in only its second Red Bull GRC event.
 
• Sebastian Eriksson earned his first Red Bull GRC Supercar podium on Saturday and his first victory on Sunday. With Sunday’s victory, he became the only driver to earn the podium in both Daytona rounds in either class. Eriksson’s victory was also the first Supercar win for Olsbergs MSE since June 22, 2014, when Patrik Sandell won in Washington DC.
 
• Ken Block earned his second podium of the 2015 season and the 12th of his Red Bull GRC Supercar career with Sunday’s runner-up finish. Block also earned four heat victories over the weekend, extending his all-time Red Bull GRC record to 35 heat wins.
 
• Steve Arpin’s third place finish on Sunday marked the first time that Chip Ganassi Racing scored a podium in a points-paying Red Bull GRC event. Arpin earned a silver medal two weeks ago at X Games Austin, a non-championship round.
 
OFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:
 
1. Sebastian Eriksson, 137
2. Ken Block, 129
3. Tanner Foust, 120
4. Nelson Piquet Jr., 106
5. Austin Dyne, 103
6. Steve Arpin, 101
7. Scott Speed, 76
8. Joni Wiman, 65
9. Patrik Sandell, 35
10. Sverre Isachsen, 29
11. Victor Gonzalez Jr., 17
12. Bucky Lasek, 11
13. Jeff Ward, ineligible for points
 
OFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:
 
1. Ford, 14
2. Volkswagen,
3. Subaru, 9
 
GRC Lites
 
Olsbergs MSE continued its dominance of the GRC Lites class in this weekend’s doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway. Oliver Eriksson scored the first victory of his career in Saturday’s main event, while Austin Cindric rebounded on Sunday to score his second win of the season.
 
SATURDAY RECAP: Eriksson, who qualified third, managed to win his first heat of the season in round one and never looked back for the rest of the event. He grabbed the lead via the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap in Saturday’s main event and put a gap on the field, though teammate Cindric suffered a gearbox failure early on and dropped out. Despite a struggling engine that got worse as the race went on, Eriksson made it to the finish before the car finally gave out. Alejandro Fernandez, last year’s Daytona runner-up, took second place, while Miles Maroney was elevated to third after a penalty to polesitter Tanner Whitten.
 
SUNDAY RECAP: After Saturday’s mechanical failure, Cindric returned with a vengeance on Sunday. He qualified on the pole and swept his two heats before jumping out into the lead in the main event, and much like his teammate on Saturday, left the entire field in his wake. Whitten and Harry Cheung, running in his first GRC Lites race weekend since 2013, seized third.Fernandez and Eriksson, who entered the day tied for the championship lead, made contact during the main event, ending Eriksson’s day early and forcing Fernandez to limp home in a distant fifth.
 
UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (I), the second round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
 
1. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Olsbergs MSE
2. Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing
3. Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
4. Tanner Whitten, #15 DirtFish Motorsports
5. Alex Keyes, #61 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
 
The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (II), the third round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
 
1. Austin Cindric, #77 Olsbergs MSE
2. Tanner Whitten, #15 DirtFish Motorsports
3. Harry Cheung, #88 Rhys Millen Racing
4. Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
5. Alejandro Fernandez, #126 AF Racing
 
 
QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (II), the third round of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
 
Austin Cindric, Driver, #77 Olsbergs MSE: “It means a lot. It’s actually not the first time I’ve raced here this season—I’ve also been here in sports cars, so it’s great to come back here and have a great race and get a win. It was pretty smooth sailing. It kind of followed in suit what we did all day — we were first in qualifying, first in our heat, first in second heat, and just kept on doing the same thing and marching forward. And I can’t thank the OMSE guys enough — they give me a great program and it’s quite an exciting year.”
 
Tanner Whitten, Driver, #15 DirtFish Motorsports: “I’ve been dreaming of racing here at Daytona ever since I was a little kid. My, and my dad’s, saying from day one is has always been ‘it’s just practice until Daytona.’ And now we’re here, and this is when it counts, and we’ve got to bring our A game. The competition in this series is absolutely crazy, so you’ve got to be on your A game, and bring your best to the table. So the guys did a phenomenal job all weekend making the adjustments that needed to be done, gave me a perfect car, and then it was up to me.”
 
Alejandro Fernandez, Driver, #126 AF Racing: “The accident was my fault—it was my mistake, I was just too focused on Harry pinching me up and I went into the grass. I just missed my braking point. By the time I was already braking, I was like already trying to e-brake and I had no way of saving it and I hit Oliver. But yeah, I went over and told him I was sorry, and it’s rallycross.”
 
FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona, the second and third rounds of the 2015 GRC Lites season:
 
• Oliver Eriksson earned his first career GRC Lites victory in Saturday’s final. It was the third podium finish of his career, and his second of the season.
 
• Austin Cindric took the second victory of his career and of the 2015 GRC Lites season in Sunday’s main event. Cindric now has five career podiums in 10 career starts.
 
• Alejandro Fernandez finished second for the second consecutive race in Saturday’s final. It also marked his second podium finish in GRC Lites action at Daytona.
 
• Miles Maroney, Tanner Whitten, and Harry Cheung each earned their first career GRC Lites podiums over the course of the weekend in Daytona. Maroney did so in his second career start, Whitten did so in his third career start, and Cheung did so in his seventh career start.
 
OFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:
 
1. Alejandro Fernandez, 134
2. Tanner Whitten, 127
3. Austin Cindric, 126
4. Oliver Eriksson, 111
5. Miles Maroney, 101
6. Nur Ali, 66
7. Geoff Sykes, 62
8. Alex Keyes, 60
9. Harry Cheung, 59
10. Jackie Heinricher, 42
11. Collete Davis, 32
12. Duncker Felix Jr., 7






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