|GRC Lites: Los Angeles presented by Subaru Tecnica International race preview|
The second annual GRC Lites doubleheader at the Port of Los Angeles is anybody’s to win—both in the main events themselves and the championship standings.
Any one of five drivers could walk out of the City of Angels with the points lead.
TUNE IN INFORMATION:
Wednesday, September 16, 4PM ET on NBC and liveextra.nbcsports.com
NBC Sports Group will be offering live streaming of the Global Rallycross Los Angeles race through the NBC Sports Live Extra app via desktop, mobile and tablet.
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LAST RACE: Alex Keyes and Oliver Eriksson were the drivers to beat on speed at RFK Stadium, but it was Keyes who prevailed in the eight-lap main event. Miles Maroney, Keyes’ Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammate, completed the podium and took the championship lead in the process.
DRIVER CHANGES: Harry Cheung and Conner Martell return to Rhys Millen Racing, as the RMR squad returns to a two-car operation in Los Angeles. Cheung earned the first podium of his GRC Lites career in Daytona II, while Martell made his series debut at MCAS New River in July.
THE TRACK: The crossover jump returns to Red Bull GRC competition for the first time since 2012, helping to extend this year’s course layout to 13 turns and .702 miles. The jump, which will be constructed with dirt, will feature a bridge element. Click here for more information on the track.
FIVE-CAR TITLE FIGHT CONTINUES IN LA: The top five drivers in GRC Lites points—Miles Maroney, Alejandro Fernandez, Oliver Eriksson, Austin Cindric, and Tanner Whitten—head into Los Angeles separated by only 41 points. Not only are all five able to take the top spot in the standings heading into Barbados, any one of them could earn the top spot after Saturday’s main event, provided that they get the right amount of help from others’ bad luck.
MARTELL RETURNS TO RHYS MILLEN RACING: Conner Martell will make the second and third starts of his GRC Lites career in Los Angeles, after debuting for the team as a substitute for Harry Cheung at MCAS New River. Martell is the stepson of Subaru Rally Team USA principal Lance Smith, whose Supercar operation will expand to four cars for this weekend’s event.
FERNANDEZ LOOKING FOR FIRST VICTORY: Of the top five drivers in GRC Lites points, Alejandro Fernandez is the only driver looking for a win this season—though his consistent results this season have him only two points out of the championship lead. Fernandez is the only driver in this weekend’s field to have taken a podium finish at the Port of Los Angeles, having placed third in last year’s second Lites final.
QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s GRC Lites Los Angeles presented by Subaru Tecnica International:
Miles Maroney, #24 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: “I’m super excited to have GRC come here and have all of my friends and family have a chance to see the action up close and in person. I can’t put a number on it, but I think I’ll have a solid cheering section, which is always nice! I’ve been working on a few things for LA to change it up a bit so we’ll see if they pan out. I’m looking forward to it!”
Tanner Whitten, #15 DirtFish Motorsports: “Getting on the podium for us is going to be very crucial moving forward. We’ve got a good car this weekend in Los Angeles, and we’ve got a good car going to Barbados. So we’ve kind of put ourselves in a position where we can push a little harder, knowing that we don’t have to fix this car to go to Barbados. I think we’re going to be in really good shape going forward, and I’m excited to push a little bit and try to get this points lead back.”
Conner Martell, #21 Rhys Millen Racing: “I’m super stoked—I can’t wait to get back on the track. I tested with Rhys on Tuesday and it went really well. I went down with Tanner Whitten to look at the track—the jump looks super big and awesome. I’m really excited for it.”
Photo: Red Bull GRC
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