Loenbro Motorsports Unveils Steve Arpin’s LA Livery

September 11th, 2017

Loenbro Motorsports has unveiled the livery which will adorn Steve Arpin‘s M-Sport Ford Fiesta ST at the Red Bull Global Rallycross season finale in Los Angeles next month.

The striking wrap features one side backed by vehicle tuners SCT while the other will show the team’s more familiar JCB colours.

It will be the second ‘split’ livery sported by the team this year after SCT’s owners Derive Systems shared the car with JCB at Red Bull GRC’s maiden visit to Indianapolis earlier in the season. Arpin’s full JCB paint scheme was recently voted the fans’ favourite supercar livery.

“After seeing the tremendous fan reaction to our first split wrap in Indianapolis, it was obvious that the final race in LA was the perfect opportunity to do another,” the team said in a press release. “SCT has devoted itself to the idea that engine tuning and calibration is a crical part of customisation, and that enthusiasts should have the power to unlock the performance potential of their vehicles.”

“Our partnership with SCT allows performance car enthusiasts to engage with one of the top calibration companies, all through a mutual passion for motorsports.”

Arpin is currently enjoying his most successful Red Bull season to date. The Canadian has taken two wins in Thompson and Ottawa and has been firmly in the championship hunt since the beginning of the season.

The former-NASCAR driver currently sits second in the drivers’ standings, 38 points adrift of defending double champion Scott Speed with just three rounds remaining.

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Red Bull GRC Seattle: Supercar Rounds 10-11 Preview

September 11th, 2017

IN BRIEF: The final doubleheader of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will see the series return to Evergreen Speedway for the second straight year. Defending event winner Tanner Foust will have his hands full in a repeat bid, needing two strong performances to get past Scott Speed, winner of the past three Supercar rounds, and Steve Arpin for the points lead.

 

 

LAST RACE: Red Bull GRC Atlantic City was a heaping helping of déjà vu for Scott Speed. Exactly like last year, he concluded the Bader Field visit as the Supercar points leader with a three-race winning streak in his back pocket. Patrik Sandell and Steve Arpin completed the Saturday podium, while Sebastian Eriksson and Arpin joined Speed on the podium on Sunday.

DRIVER CHANGES: Austin Cindric, the 2015 GRC Lites runner-up, will step into the Bryan Herta Rallysport entry for this weekend’s Seattle doubleheader, replacing Cabot Bigham. Cindric boast four victories and 11 podiums in 19 career Lites starts. Bigham will return to the seat in Los Angeles next month.

THE TRACK: The biggest difference between this year’s Evergreen Speedway layout and last year’s is the swap between the jump and Joker Lap. With the Joker now the longer way around the course, drivers will need to rethink typical race strategy. Click here for more information.

SPEED, FOUST PREPARED TO DUEL FOR WEEKEND GLORY: Winner of the past three Supercar finals and a class-high four this year, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed controls the Red Bull GRC standings with only three races to go. But this weekend in Seattle, he’ll need to stare down his teammate, Tanner Foust, to keep the momentum going. While Speed struggled in this event last year, Foust posted a nearly perfect weekend to take a statement victory and reclaim the points lead. Will history repeat itself this time around?

CINDRIC EARNS PROMOTION TO SUPERCAR: It’s been a big week for Mooresville, NC native Austin Cindric. A day before celebrating his 19th birthday, the 2015 GRC Lites runner-up announced he would join Bryan Herta Rallysport to make his Supercar debut in Seattle; later in the weekend, he earned his first NASCAR Truck Series victory at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Cindric will be the third driver to make his Supercar debut this season, following BHRS’ primary driver Cabot Bigham and Oliver Eriksson, Cindric’s former GRC Lites teammate.

ATKINSON, SANDELL READY TO POUNCE IN SUBARU COUNTRY: Red Bull GRC Seattle was the site of Subaru Rally Team USA’s most recent Supercar final victory, but Patrik Sandell proved in Atlantic City that the team remains on the cusp of returning to the top step of the podium. After leading most of Saturday’s final, Sandell took second to earn his first podium since joining the team. Both the Swede and Australia’s Chris Atkinson have earned trophies this season, and Atkinson shone at this course last year with a front row start in the main event.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th and 11th rounds of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “We’re headed back to some of the best fans GRC sees all year in Seattle, Washington. Evergreen Speedway is a place I’ve competed in drifting at for eight years, and now going on two more with GRC is a great honor. It’ll be great to see so many familiar faces at the event. For the 34 team, circumstances in Atlantic City made the weekend a disaster on many levels, but most importantly with points. You almost couldn’t have scripted a worse weekend, so I’ll be looking to pick up the pieces and fight back for every championship point possible.”

Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: “This is one of the events we had circled from the beginning of the year. Normally it rains which seems to suit me a lot but this year it looks dry. It was the first race I worked with my current Chassis Engineer Clement which has turned out to become a very good partnership between us both. We were really fast here last year but got wrecked out in Turn 1 of the start.”

Austin Cindric, #19 Bryan Herta Rallysport: “You have to go into something like this with no expectations. The team is a proven group but I don’t know what to expect. I don’t know how I am going to stack up. I’ve done a few tests in Supercars and they all went well, but I’ve never cut a race lap before. It’ll be interesting to see how all of that compares. Hopefully we will able to get on the podium.”

Red Bull GRC Atlantic City: Supercar Rounds 8-9 Recap

August 15th, 2017

IN BRIEF: Scott Speed hit the jackpot at Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City after sweeping both of the weekend’s Supercar finals. Speed chased down Subaru Rally Team USA’s Patrik Sandell to win the Saturday round, and coasted to an unchallenged victory on Sunday as the field fought behind him.

SATURDAY RECAP: While Speed was the fastest qualifier and held the best spot on the main event grid, a wild first corner saw him shuffled to the back after a scuffle that ended the day of teammate Tanner Foust. Sandell seized the opportunity to take an early lead and extended it through the first half of the race, but a hard charging Speed wouldn’t go down easily. After claiming second place from Sebastian Eriksson, Speed and Sandell traded the lead multiple times with two laps to go before the two-time defending Supercar champion made the pass stick for good.

SUNDAY RECAP: A clean start for the entire Supercar field enabled Speed to jump out to the lead from pole, and he wouldn’t look back from there. The real battle was for second place, as Sandell, Eriksson, and Steve Arpin all held the spot at some point in the 10-lap final. A last-corner donnybrook ended with a number of drivers limping across the finish line, as well as Sandell’s disabled car unable to take the checkered flag.

RESULTS: Supercar results from Red Bull GRC Atlantic City are as follows:

Saturday:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  3. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

Sunday:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  3. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  4. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  5. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

QUOTES: Driver quotes from Red Bull GRC Atlantic City:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “To be honest, that race was plan A! It went the way we hope every race does. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle is on rails and super fast, but to be fair, these guys are catching up and it’s getting tight! I’m really looking forward to a competitive last half of the season. We’re going to have to be on our A game, but fortunately, we got some great points this weekend, and that gives us the points lead. Now we just have to hold on!”

Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE: “The race started off good—I was up on Scott, but obviously Arpin caught up to me, so I had to protect myself. I kept the inside line and didn’t want him to pass. Unfortunately I lost some pace. We try to go as fast as possible at every race—point wise, I think we lost too many points in the beginning of the season to really fight for the championship, but we’re going to do the best we can and get as many points as we can to finish in the top three.”

Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports“Hats off to my crew—they worked their tails off. We got taken out of the second heat race there and it ended up being more damage than we thought it would be. It ended up being a little deeper and it took us the third race and the semi-final to figure it out, but that thing came back to life in the final! That JCB car was awesome, and our team is awesome. It doesn’t matter if you start in the third row or the first row, that’s rallycross.”

FAST FACTS: Key statistics from Red Bull GRC Atlantic City:

  • Scott Speed took the record-extending 14th and 15th victories of his Red Bull GRC career with his sweep in Atlantic City. Speed remains the only Supercar driver to win a main event at Bader Field.
  • With Speed’s sweep, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross only needs to start the final three rounds of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season to clinch Volkswagen’s second consecutive Manufacturer’s Championship. Volkswagens have won six of the nine rounds so far this season.
  • Patrik Sandell took his first podium finish since joining Subaru Rally Team USA with a second place run on Saturday. Every Supercar driver to compete in Red Bull GRC so far this year has now either won a race, won a heat, or finished on the podium.
  • Sebastian Eriksson’s runner-up finish on Sunday was his second podium of the season, as well as his first since winning in Louisville in May.
  • Steve Arpin finished third in both Atlantic City Supercar finals. Arpin now has a career-best seven podiums in nine rounds so far this season, as well as three third-place results in a row.
  • Tanner Foust relinquished the Supercar points lead in Atlantic City for the first time since Ottawa in June. Foust failed to finish Saturday’s final, and earned two penalties on Sunday to drop him to ninth place in the final running order.

DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Scott Speed, 616
  2. Steve Arpin, 578
  3. Tanner Foust, 575
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, 512
  5. Mitchell deJong, 497
  6. Oliver Eriksson, 466
  7. Chris Atkinson, 424
  8. Austin Dyne, 414
  9. Cabot Bigham, 413
  10. Patrik Sandell, 396

MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 44
  2. Honda, 35
  3. Subaru, 29

Red Bull GRC Atlantic City: Supercar Rounds 8-9 Preview

August 15th, 2017

IN BRIEF: The first returning event of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season expands to a doubleheader this year, as Atlantic City’s Bader Field hosts its second annual event. Defending event winner Scott Speed enters the weekend coming off a victory in the most recent round, and looks to reclaim the Supercar points lead from teammate Tanner Foust.

LAST RACE: Red Bull GRC Indianapolis was all about Scott Speed, who continued his comeback from engine issues in Ottawa to post a clean sweep of the weekend for Indy-based Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross, Speed’s teammate Tanner Foust made it a 1-2 result for the VARX squad, while Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin completed the podium in third. Season-best finishes for Oliver Eriksson and Austin Dyne rounded out the top five behind them.

DRIVER CHANGES: There will be no changes to the driver lineup from Red Bull GRC Indianapolis last month. Every Supercar driver has started every race so far in 2017.

THE TRACK: At .902 miles, this year’s Bader Field course is significantly shorter than last year’s layout, but also boasts a more significant dirt section with four corners. The new layout also runs in the opposite direction of the inaugural track. Click here for more information.

SPEED AIMS TO GO BACK-TO-BACK AT TRACK, IN SEASON: Defending Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City winner Scott Speed is also the series’ most recent Supercar race winner. The two-time defending champion swept the Indianapolis round in July for his second victory of the season, a hometown win for his Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross squad. Speed’s win in Atlantic City last season was his third in a row, enabling him to take the points lead—can he do the same thing with a doubleheader to work with this weekend?

ATKINSON CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF RED BULL GRC DEBUT: Australian star Chris Atkinson made his Red Bull GRC debut one year ago in Atlantic City, joining Subaru Rally Team USA in a third car. After qualifying in the top six in his debut, he earned a permanent place on the team; since then, he’s grabbed the team’s first pole since joining the series, as well as its first heat win and podium of the 2017 season. Atkinson enters the weekend seventh in the Supercar championship.

2017 FAN FAVORITE DRIVER VOTING BEGINS: Between the Indianapolis and Atlantic City rounds, the fifth annual Red Bull GRC Fan Favorite Driver of the Year poll launched with its largest first-week turnout since the program was launched in 2013. Four-time defending Supercar award winner Tanner Foust will look to continue his streak, but the remainder of the Supercar field looks to end his perfect record. Click here for more information.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City, the eighth and ninths rounds of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “Atlantic City was one of our favorite stops last year. Heading back for a double-header, it will be a very pivotal race in our comeback this year. We need to run fast and clean all weekend and continue to gain ground on the points championship.”

Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA: “I’m super excited to get going again after the summer break. I know the boys have been busy at Vermont SportsCar preparing the Subaru GRC Supercars for the second half of the season. We are now ready to fight for the podiums in Atlantic City. I got away with a second place finish there last year and I really like the track there!”

Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE: “I will be on the back foot compared to everyone else for the remaining rounds. I got to spot for most of the rounds last year, so although I didn’t get to drive at the track, I got to see it from a different perspective. I hope that will help me out when it’s time for me to get in the car. Between my teammates and I, we share data; we can bounce off of each other and we do that every race and session. It’s good to have that experience, and I’m hoping it can help us out.”

Red Bull GRC Indianapolis: Supercar Round 7 Recap

July 11th, 2017

IN BRIEF: Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed posted a perfect weekend at Red Bull Global Rallycross Indianapolis, the series’ first-ever visit to Lucas Oil Raceway. With team owner Michael Andretti in attendance, Speed and Tanner Foust posted a 1-2 finish for the Indianapolis-based squad, with Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin completing the podiums.

HEAT RECAPS: Throughout the entire heat and semifinal portion of the weekend, Speed was on top in each of his sessions, carrying the momentum from a pole position forward into four wins in four sessions before the final. Joining him as heat winners were Cabot Bigham, Chris Atkinson, and Tanner Foust; Foust added a victory in the second semifinal as well.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: Speed took the holeshot from the top starting spot, as expected, but chaos ensued behind him as a number of drivers made contact. Fortunately, none of the nine drivers competing were knocked out of contention for the overall win, although Oliver Eriksson had to save a fully sideways car around Turn 3.

Speed and Foust would quickly settle into first and second, with Steve Arpin a close third. With Mitchell deJong unable to start the final due to electrical issues that knocked him out of his semifinal, Eriksson would take up the torch for Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, pursuing Arpin for third place to no avail. Austin Dyne would round out the top five.

RESULTS: Supercar results from Red Bull GRC Indianapolis are as follows:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  4. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  7. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  8. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  9. Cabot Bigham, #2 Bryan Herta Rallysport
  10. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, DNS

QUOTES: Driver quotes from the podium at Red Bull GRC Indianapolis:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “We had a great car all weekend, from the moment we pulled it off the hauler to the last lap of the final. The team did a great job and the track was unbelievably fun. This was the first time we were at a track that was predominately some sort of gravel mix, and every time we went out on the track, it was a little different. It was the most fun driving we have had yet—I’m glad that it happened here in Indy because it’s our home race and we have so many friends and family that get to come to this one.”

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “Today was pretty hard. I had two penalties in two out of the three heats. It was a lot of swimming uphill—that’s not the best situation and there was a lot of battling going on. To get in the middle of the front row of the final was a big thing for the team, and the guys have been great all year! I know it’s not a double header, but it’s amazing how difficult the weekend is. It’s so nice to be here in Indianapolis. I’m so excited to see Indy fans out here and to see a new sport. It’s a pretty fun battle, and we have a blast every weekend.”

Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports: “I think this weekend really shows what a rollercoaster motorsports can be. It’s very up and down. It was a fun weekend, what a cool weekend for us. It’s our first time with Derive Efficiency Systems on the car, and having JCB back on the car is great. We won a race with them and we did a yellow and blue car this weekend. Hats off to these guys at Volkswagen, they’ve been great and they kicked all our butts this weekend.”

FAST FACTS: Key statistics from Red Bull GRC Indianapolis:

  • Scott Speed earned his second Supercar victory of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, as well as the 13th of his career, on Sunday in Indianapolis. The victory ensures that Speed has won multiple races in each of his five Red Bull GRC seasons.
  • Supercar points leader Tanner Foust earned his fifth podium of the season by finishing second for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross. The team now has four 1-2 finishes this season, with two wins by Foust and two wins by Speed.
  • Steve Arpin’s third place finish was his fifth podium of 2017, a personal single-season best. Arpin’s previous mark was four podiums last season.
  • Oliver Eriksson scored a Supercar career-best fourth place finish in Sunday’s main event. Eriksson now has three top-five finishes in the 2017 Red Bull GRC season.
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Austin Dyne earned his third top-five finish of the season by placing fifth in Indianapolis.
  • Due to mechanical issues that forced him to miss his semifinal, Mitchell deJong was unable to compete in the main event of a Red Bull GRC race for the first time this season. deJong remains the highest ranking rookie driver in Supercar points at fourth place.

DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Tanner Foust, 488
  2. Scott Speed, 462
  3. Steve Arpin, 455
  4. Mitchell deJong, 385
  5. Sebastian Eriksson, 383
  6. Oliver Eriksson, 371
  7. Chris Atkinson, 329
  8. Austin Dyne, 321
  9. Cabot Bigham, 312
  10. Patrik Sandell, 293

MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 34
  2. Honda, 28
  3. Subaru, 22

Red Bull GRC Ottawa: Supercar Rounds 5-6 Recap

June 19th, 2017

IN BRIEF: As in New England earlier this month, Steve Arpin and Tanner Foust split the Supercar finals on offer at Red Bull Global Rallycross Ottawa, the series’ inaugural event at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and a part of Ottawa 2017 festivities. Arpin took Saturday’s victory to become the season’s first repeat winner, while Foust used a second place on Saturday and win on Sunday to take the championship lead for the first time this season.

SATURDAY RECAP: The story of the weekend looked to be Scott Speed’s fall from the championship lead, as the two-time defending Supercar champion and incoming points leader needed an engine change after the third round of heats. Because he was unable to grid for the semifinals, he would miss the final—giving the field a chance to make up 50 valuable points.

From the middle of the front row, Arpin posted a perfect start that enabled him to get out front and stay there; despite both Foust and rookie Mitchell deJong challenging for the lead, neither could get past the lone Canadian driver in the field. Arpin would hang on to go back-to-back for the first time in his career, and took the points lead for the first time in his career in the process.

SUNDAY RECAP: The tables turned on Sunday, as Speed bounced back with the Big Rig Brewery Pole Award and wins in each of his heats and semifinals. Despite some initial struggles, including a spin in his second-round heat, teammate Foust also won his semifinal to set up a Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross showdown at the front of the pack.

The initial start was called off after Chris Atkinson rolled his Subaru WRX STI; not only was he uninjured, he also pulled back onto the grid and completed the full final after the restart. Foust and deJong would each beat Speed into the first few corners, while an early DNF would ensure that Arpin couldn’t sweep his home race. As Foust extended an insurmountable lead, Speed continued to pressure deJong until the final straightaway, where he pulled past the rookie to take second place and make it a 1-2 finish for VARX.

RESULTS: Supercar results from Red Bull GRC Ottawa are as follows:

Saturday:

  1. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  4. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  5. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Sunday:

  1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

QUOTES: Driver quotes from Red Bull GRC Ottawa:

Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports: “The third time’s a charm, and this is our third win. How amazing is this—it’s Ottawa 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary, so happy birthday Canada! We’ve had the good fortune to race all over the world, but this is what it’s all about. Thank you everyone—we have so many guests here this weekend, this is an amazing sport, and we get to do it all again!”

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “What a finish! There were a lot of familiar faces from yesterday, and I think we made a lot of rallycross fans up here. That’s what it’s all about, showing this great sport to new places. This track was pretty tough, and I’d like to thank BFGoodrich for making some tough tires. I’m incredibly happy—to get a 1-2 for our team out of that is really spectacular.”

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “It was a fun race. By the end of the race, we pretty much had zero visibility out the window, and I was trying to put as much pressure as I could on second. Unfortunately, I made a mistake on the last corner, but we were able to somehow sneak by to grab second. Shout out to the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team. We crushed it again this weekend with a 1-2 finish, so I have to give it up to these guys. And thank you to all of these fans for coming out in Canada!”

Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE: “I just did my best out there to bring it home. It was such an amazing track and very high speed. It’s a lot different than normal, and I like it a lot. It was a bit tough at first with all the holes at practice, but the series did a really good job. I have to thank the whole team: Honda, Red Bull, OMSE, all of my guys who gave me my car—it was intact the whole time.”

FAST FACTS: Key statistics from Red Bull GRC Ottawa:

  • Steve Arpin became the first repeat winner of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season with his victory on Saturday. It was the third main event win of his Supercar career, and ensured that he would lead the championship standings for the first time.
  • Tanner Foust broke a tie with teammate Scott Speed for most career Red Bull GRC wins by taking Sunday’s main event. It was Foust’s 13th victory, as well as his fourth podium of the year.
  • Scott Speed’s DNS in the final on Saturday marked the first time that he missed a podium in 2017. Speed would rebound with a second place result on Sunday.
  • Mitchell deJong’s pair of third place finishes were the second and third podiums of his Supercar career. deJong remains the top rookie in Supercar points at fourth overall.
  • Cabot Bigham won the first heat of his Supercar career in Saturday’s Heat 2A. All three rookie drivers—Bigham, deJong, and Oliver Eriksson—have now won a heat or finished on the podium in 2017.
  • Eight of the 10 Supercar drivers entered in the Ottawa doubleheader won a heat race or finished on the podium at some point during the event.

DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Tanner Foust, 418
  2. Steve Arpin, 391
  3. Scott Speed, 381
  4. Mitchell deJong, 372
  5. Sebastian Eriksson, 330
  6. Oliver Eriksson, 312
  7. Chris Atkinson, 278
  8. Austin Dyne, 269
  9. Cabot Bigham, 261
  10. Patrik Sandell, 240

MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 29
  2. Honda, 24
  3. Subaru, 19

Steve Arpin Wins Red Bull Global Rallycross Ottawa I

June 19th, 2017

Steve Arpin became the first repeat winner of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season with a thrilling victory in Saturday’s action at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. The lone Canadian native in the field, Arpin’s victory came in the series’ first-ever Canadian round, part of the year-long Ottawa 2017 celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Arpin held off strong challenges from Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Tanner Foust and Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE’s Mitchell deJong to grab his second win in a row, taking the Supercar points lead in the process.

“The third time’s a charm, and this is our third win,” Arpin said to an overjoyed Ontario crowd after the victory. “How amazing is this—it’s Ottawa 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary, so happy birthday Canada! We’ve had the good fortune to race all over the world, but this is what it’s all about. Thank you everyone—we have so many guests here this weekend, this is an amazing sport, and we get to do it all again tomorrow!”

Parity was the name of the game in heats and semifinals, as 10 different Supercar and Lites drivers—half of those entered in the event—took at least one victory. But despite wins in the first two rounds, nosing into the jump in the final heat forced an engine change for Scott Speed; after missing the semifinals, he was unable to compete in the main event, giving up his points lead.

After winning their respective semifinals, the final was set as a showdown between Foust and Arpin on the front row of the grid, with the higher finisher earning the points lead. Arpin ensured it would be him with an incredible start; despite a hard charge from Foust and a savvy Joker Lap strategy that enabled the two-time champion to save his shortcut, Arpin came out ahead for the win and the championship lead.

In GRC Lites, Cyril Raymond won a championship-altering final after his closest championship challenger Christian Brooks failed to finish. Colin Braun took his second straight runner-up finish, while Conner Martell earned third place after an incident with DirtFish Motorsports teammate James Rimmer that saw Rimmer hit a tire barrier and roll. He was uninjured.
Full Supercar results from Red Bull Global Rallycross Ottawa I are as follows:

  1. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  4. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  5. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  7. Cabot Bigham, #2 Bryan Herta Rallysport
  8. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  9. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  10. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross (DNS)

Red Bull GRC Ottawa: Supercar Rounds 5-6 Preview

June 16th, 2017

IN BRIEF: Red Bull Global Rallycross makes its debut north of the border with this weekend’s doubleheader in Ottawa, the halfway point of the series’ 2017 season. Canadian-born Steve Arpin comes into the weekend with the hot hand, winning the most recent race in New England to climb to within 20 points of championship leader Scott Speed.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

  • Supercar Round 5 Finals: June 17, 10PM ET, NBCSN
  • Supercar Round 6 Finals: June 18, 4PM ET, NBC
  • Simulstream Link: http://liveextra.nbcsports.com
  • Full Event Replay Link: http://stream.nbcsports.com/nbc/?pid=33107

NBC Sports will have live coverage this weekend of the Red Bull Global Rallycross events from Ottawa. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

LAST RACE: The first doubleheader of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season was almost a perfect sweep for Tanner Foust. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver won every session on Saturday and came within a few laps of repeating the feat on Sunday before a broken wheel ended his championship. Loenbro Motorsports driver Steve Arpin, who had been pressuring Foust all race long, took advantage of the opportunity and earned his second career race win.

DRIVER CHANGES: There will be no changes to the driver lineup from Red Bull GRC New England two weeks ago.

THE TRACK: At .762 miles, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum course’s most unique feature is its frontstretch: the merge between main lap and Joker Lap give way to the series’ signature 70-foot jump, dirt hairpin, and a flying finish! Click here for more information.

LOCAL FAVORITE ARPIN COMES IN ON TOP: Fort Frances, Ontario-born Steve Arpin took his first Red Bull GRC victory exactly a year ago Sunday, but he’s already returned to the top step of the podium this season. That win came two weekends ago at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, as he held off championship leader Scott Speed and Chris Atkinson for the checkered flag. Arpin enters the Ottawa event with three podiums and four heat wins in four starts so far this season, good for third in the championship standings.

FOUR WINNERS IN FOUR RACES TO START SEASON: Parity has been the name of the game in the Supercar class through the first third of the year, as a different driver has taken the checkered flag in every round so far. But that’s not all: of the 10 drivers to compete so far in 2017, eight have taken either a heat win or podium finish at some point, and every manufacturer in the field has been represented at the front of the pack in at least one session.

BIG RIG BREWERY TO SPONSOR POLE AWARD: Ottawa-based Big Rig Brewery, the city’s largest craft brewer, will offer $2,000 to the fastest Supercar qualifiers on both Saturday and Sunday. As part of the event, Big Rig Brewery will serve as the official beer supplier of Red Bull GRC Ottawa, and have an on-site presence in GRC Club seating. In addition, brewery co-founder Chris Phillips, a veteran of 1,179 NHL games for the Ottawa Senators, will be on hand to take a ride along in a 600 horsepower Red Bull GRC Supercar.

WALTER BOYCE TO SERVE AS HONORARY OFFICIAL: 2003 Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee Walter Boyce will be on hand for Red Bull GRC Ottawa as an honorary series official. Boyce is the only Canadian to win a World Rally Championship event, accomplishing the feat in the 1973 Press-On Regardless Rally, and set a record with five consecutive Canadian national rally championships. Boyce also won the 1985 One Lap of America as part of a team that included fellow North American rally legends John Buffum and Tom Grimshaw.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Ottawa, the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:

Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports: “It feels amazing to be back here at Ontario, and to top it off, to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with everyone here in our nation’s capital. It’s awesome! Just being back here for a couple of days makes me so happy. Everyone is so happy and friendly, and it makes my days being back home great. This racetrack is going to be awesome—it’s an old airstrip, so it’s worn out asphalt and it won’t be very grippy. The sealant they have on here is really soft and mushy. It’s going to make it interesting going through the corners, and it’s going to be exciting!”

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “With a 19-point lead, we need to play it smart and continue collecting as many points as we can this weekend in Ottawa. We did an amazing job in New England battling back from issues in qualifying, grabbing crucial points all weekend. We need to keep that same poise this weekend heading to Canada.”

Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA: “Obviously we were extremely happy with our result in Thompson. It was great to get the first podium for the team in 2017 and shows we are starting to unleash the potential of the Subaru WRX STI. We still need to keep working hard and to improve for the next event in Canada and I hope we can keep the momentum going. Also I am excited to be racing in Canada for the first time and look forward to putting on a good show for the fans!”

Steve Arpin gets first win for Loenbro at Red Bull GRC New England

June 6th, 2017

Steve Arpin earned his first win for Loenbro Motorsports at Red Bull Global Rallycross New England in Sunday’s conclusion to the doubleheader.

The second race of Red Bull Global Rallycross New England gave Steve Arpin his first win of the season, as the GRC contender finally reached the top under his new Loenbro Motorsports banner.

Arpin had racked up podium finishes in two of the previous three GRC races, and finished fourth in Saturday’s first race in Thompson, CT. With the season only 12 races long, that means Steve Arpin will have finished on the podium for at least a quarter of the season and is just one event away from tying the number of podiums he earned across all of 2016.

His consistency paid off Sunday when he took advantage of a bad break for then-race leader Tanner Foust, whose car ended up in the Turn 4 tires. Arpin, who had pressured Foust throughout the final, was then able to pass him and take the checkered flag for the first time.

It was an important win for Steve Arpin not just for this season but in the big picture. Arpin made himself into a championship contender the past two GRC seasons driving for Chip Ganassi Racing before setting out on his own this year with Loenbro Motorsports.

His team is not backed by a manufacturer, unlike the two teams that he beat on Sunday — Subaru Rally Team USA and the defending champions Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.

“This Jacob Companies car has been so fast all weekend,” Arpin said after the race in a league press release. “Tanner has been a little bit quicker, but we knew we could just stay on him and put pressure on him.

“That’s why I followed him into the Joker [Lap]—I knew we couldn’t catch him and pass him, but we had to keep the pressure on, and it worked. He just pushed it a little bit too hard.”

Andretti’s Scott Speed finished second and reclaimed the GRC championship lead, while Chris Atkinson completed the New England podium in his first full season with Subaru. The Andretti duo are still burning up the track as they look for what would be their third consecutive championship in 2017.

But the GRC title hunt is no longer a two-car, one-team battle as Steve Arpin has proved that no matter what name he’s driving under and what resources he has at his disposal, he can continue to build on a successful 2016 season by being a contender and now, a race winner.

Steve Arpin’s victory keeps him third in the championship standings, behind Speed and Foust. He is just seven points behind Foust for second place and only 17 behind Speed for the top spot, with another doubleheader weekend on the horizon.

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Steve Arpin Wins Red Bull GRC New England II

June 6th, 2017

Loenbro Motorsports driver Steve Arpin took the second victory of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Sunday to close out the first doubleheader of the season. Arpin, who posted podiums in both Memphis and Louisville, pressured Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Tanner Foust throughout the final and inherited the lead in the race’s closing laps.

“This Jacob Companies car has been so fast all weekend,” Arpin said after the race. “Tanner has been a little bit quicker, but we knew we could just stay on him and put pressure on him. That’s why I followed him into the Joker—I knew we couldn’t catch him and pass him, but we had to keep the pressure on, and it worked. He just pushed it a little bit too hard.”

What had looked to be a weekend sweep by Foust ended just a few laps short when the Saturday winner and Sunday polesitter found himself in the tire barriers in the dirt section. The incident opened the door not only for Arpin to take the win, but also for Foust’s teammate Scott Speed, who reclaimed the points lead with a second place finish. Chris Atkinson returned Subaru Rally Team USA to the podium by finishing third, earning the first trophy of his Red Bull GRC career.

A GRC Lites driver did what Supercar drivers couldn’t, as Olsbergs MSE X Forces driver Cyril Raymond swept every heat on both Saturday and Sunday on the way to dual final victories. CORE autosport driver Colin Braun earned his first podium of the season in second, while Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver Christian Brooks continued his streak of podiums in every race by placing third.

Full Supercar results from Sunday’s Red Bull GRC New England II are as follows:

  1. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
  3. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA
  4. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  5. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  7. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
  8. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
  9. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross

The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season resumes in two weeks with the series’ inaugural visit to Ottawa and a doubleheader round at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Tickets remain on sale for the event at redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. Supercar finals from Ottawa will air live on NBC on Sunday, June 18 at 4PM ET.

Red Bull GRC Race Recap: Louisville

May 22nd, 2017

Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE driver Sebastian Eriksson nipped Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin by .071 seconds to win Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Louisville final at the Kentucky Exposition Center. It was Eriksson’s second career victory and the first for Honda since joining the sport at the beginning of last season.

“It was a great race for us,” said Eriksson. “I was up in the lead for a few laps, but then I fell back to fourth, so it was crazy. But it was so much fun! The team has worked so hard for this over the past year and a half, and finally we’ve been able to win a race. It feels great, but we can’t stop working hard and trying to secure more victories this year.”

Though much of the day saw action take place in dry conditions, the wet weather came just in time for the 10-lap Supercar final. Four drivers—Eriksson, Arpin, and Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Scott Speed and Tanner Foust—spent much of the final running nose to tail, with the Joker Lap and a slippery dirt surface shuffling the order throughout. Arpin nearly got past Eriksson in the final corner, setting up a drag race to the finish, but wasn’t quite able to make the pass. All told, the top four drivers finished within one second of each other.

In GRC Lites, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver Christian Brooks scored his first career main event win, sweeping all of his race sessions on Sunday. Brooks led Olsbergs MSE X Forces driver Cyril Raymond for much of the final, until Raymond clipped a curb and rolled over; he was unhurt in the incident. Memphis winner Conner Martell took second, while Gustavo Yacaman earned third place in his rallycross debut.

Official Supercar final results from Red Bull Global Rallycross Louisville are as follows:

Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports
Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing*
Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE
Cabot Bigham, #2 Bryan Herta Rallysport
*Car 14 reinstated to sixth place after technical issue with transponder

The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season continues on June 3-4 with the first doubleheader of the season at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Tickets are available at redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. The Supercar finals can be seen on NBC on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4, both airing at 5PM ET.

JCB Partners With Loenbro Motorsports For Global Rallycross Action

May 22nd, 2017

SAVANNAH, GA, May 19, 2017 – JCB, one of the world’s top three manufacturers of construction and agricultural equipment, joins the Loenbro Motorsports team this weekend as its newest partner as driver Steve Arpin races for his second podium of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

The GRC series rolls into Louisville, Ky., for its second race weekend event of the year. Arpin, who doubles as general manager of Loenbro Motorsports, is excited to welcome JCB to his Supercar team. “The JCB and Loenbro partnership makes so much sense,” Arpin said. “Both are family-owned companies and industry leaders. They work hard to serve their customers, and many of those customers are racing fans.”

Last month in Memphis, at the first GRC event of the year, Arpin, driving his No. 00 Ford Fiesta ST, won his heat and took third in the finals. For round two in Louisville, Arpin’s Supercar will feature eye-catching JCB livery and a JCB 509-23TC Loadall telescopic handler will be on prominent display at the track throughout the race weekend.

Thom Peebles, vice-president of marketing for JCB in North America, explained the new partnership reflects more than common business practices. “JCB and Loenbro share strong associations with motorsports and a passion for innovation and engineering, but the true character of both companies is evident in the quality of our people and our commitment to our communities,” Peebles said. “It is exciting to collaborate with the Loenbro team, to align our shared enthusiasm for business, community and racing success.

“We look forward to growing our relationship with JCB,” said Paul Leach, owner of Loenbro Motorsports and president of Loenbro. “We have many common interests in industry, in the community, with our clients and in racing. We’re eager to put more JCB machines to work for our customers.”

Arpin raced to his most successful Supercar season in 2016, totaling a career-best four podiums, five heat victories, and took fourth in the Supercar standings. The highlight was his victory at the iconic Daytona International Speedway.

The Louisville Supercar finals event can be seen on local NBC affiliates or streamed on the NBC Sports app on May 21. For more on the Louisville race, visit www.RedBullGRC.com.

ABOUT JCB:
JCB is a privately-owned, global company that manufactures over 300 different machines from 22 plants on four continents including the United Kingdom, India, Brazil and the United States. Equipment lines offered include: backhoe loaders, Loadall telescopic handlers, excavators, wheel loaders, rough terrain forklifts, compact excavators, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, compaction equipment and the unique Fastrac tractor. For more information, visit www.jcb.com.

ABOUT LOENBRO:
Loenbro is a single-source solution for companies needing construction, electrical, industrial, mechanical and inspection work performed. Loenbro has operations in 20 states and experience in several industry sectors, including energy and manufacturing. For more information, visit www.loenbro.com.

Steve Arpin Pays Tribute To Team After Podium

May 22nd, 2017

Steve Arpin has paid tribute to his Loenbro Motorsports team after he finished on the podium in the opening round of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season in Memphis.

The team was the top privateer entry last season, winning two rounds including the season finale, but with increased involvement from both Honda and Subaru, plus the ever present Volkswagen continuing to perform strongly, many expected the team to be behind the factory efforts this year.

However, Arpin proved those thoughts wrong by finishing third in the season opener, the first race for the team since racing powerhouse Chip Ganassi Racing pulled its support from the team.

“It’s incredible—there’s nothing that replaces it, other than a win,” Arpin said of his podium finish in Memphis. “I think the best part is, it speaks volumes to the people that we have. There’s no one person on the team that makes it what it is, it’s each and every one of our contributions to the greater good and the big picture of what makes us strong as a group.”

“Honestly, when we took the checkered flag last year, one of the biggest reasons Paul and Jon Leach jumped on board to keep on going as Loenbro Motorsports so fast was simply to keep the continuity on our team,” Arpin, who also serves as team manager, continued. “Paul said to me, when we first started thinking about doing our own team in rallycross four years ago, ‘It’s all about people—we need to get the right people together, and we can be competitive.’

“You walk through the paddock area and it’s absolutely clear, looking around at the amount of people every manufacturer team has, the sheer numbers of personnel and equipment that they’re working with. For us to be able to put a racecar under me, and to be able to put us on the podium, is a pure testament to people. That’s the end all, be all for us—it’s people.”

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Red Bull GRC Memphis: Supercar Round 1 Recap

April 30th, 2017

IN BRIEF: A new racetrack and a new race format couldn’t stop two-time defending Red Bull Global Rallycross champion Scott Speed. He won the pole, multiple heat and semifinal races, and the main event in the 2017 season opener at Memphis International Raceway. Speed’s Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Tanner Foust finished second, crossing the line under a second later, while Loenbro Motorsports’ Steve Arpin placed third.

HEAT RECAPS: Five drivers won heats under the brand new race format, which adds not only more heat races but also more points to the championship. Speed and Arpin won Friday’s first round heats, while it was Speed once again and Chris Atkinson who kicked off Saturday with second-round heat wins. Foust and Sebastian Eriksson won the third round heats, while the semifinals went to the VARX duo of Speed and Foust.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: Contact on the first lap of the final ended Patrik Sandell’s day early, forcing a red flag and a restart. On the restart, Speed and Foust jumped out to first and second place, continuing their run as the class of the field from qualifying and the heat rounds.

But the podium wasn’t truly settled until the checkered flag fell, as multiple drivers held third place during the 10-lap final. Sebastian Eriksson had the spot initially after starting on the front row, but Mitchell deJong took the spot for most of the first half of the race. Arpin then used a well-timed Joker Lap at the halfway point to grab third for the remainder of the final.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Memphis, the first round of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:

1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross

2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross

3. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports

4. Mitchell deJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

5. Oliver Eriksson, #16 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

6. Cabot Bigham, #2 Bryan Herta Rallysport

7. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE

8. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA

9. Patrik Sandell, #18 Subaru Rally Team USA

10. Austin Dyne, #14 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Memphis, the first round of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “Everybody is working so hard. The first race when you come back is always the one you’re looking forward to. Almost everyone has done their homework, and you wonder who did the best job. I think it’s pretty clear. Our game plan is always the same: we focus on what we can control as a team and we do our job. If we do that, that’s all we can ask for. There are a lot of variables out there and you can’t control anybody. We just keep our head down and do what we do.”

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross: “It really is a tricky track. The first corner is so fast—when you dive in there, you wobble your way up the banking there. You really need to be inside on the second corner. Scott put up an amazing fight, and all you can do is go on those heels and game on. The points are much closer, and going into the final basically the points are similar for everybody. This track is awesome, the fans are awesome and there were so many people in the pits. It’s so great to come out here after a six-month season. It was great to reengineer and do everything that we possibly can to come out of here with a 1-2 finish.”

Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Motorsports: “This first one was tough. It was pretty good, but we had a tough weekend starting off. We pretty much missed both practice sessions, and I just completely blew it in qualifying. But our guys, they worked their tails off. No words can describe how good of people the Leach family is—to be able to work for them and put this race team together and build it, Loenbro Motorsports is an honor to work for. And with all the guys who came with us from last year, we have good and fast racecars. It’s going to be exciting, and we’ve got exciting things to come!”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Memphis, the first round of the 2017 Red Bull GRC season:

· Scott Speed earned the record 12th victory of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career on Saturday in Memphis. Speed became the first driver to win finals in each of the past five seasons. The win was also his record third in Red Bull GRC season openers (April 2013, Brazil; May 2014, Barbados).

· Tanner Foust earned his first podium of the season, and the record 25th of his career, by placing second. His result also gave Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross its first 1-2 finish of the season, after taking three last year; the most recent came in Los Angeles last October, when Foust also finished second to Speed.

· Steve Arpin earned his first podium of the season in the first race for Loenbro Motorsports. It was the second time that Arpin earned a podium in a Red Bull GRC season opener (May 2014, Barbados).

· Mitchell deJong earned the best finish of his Supercar career by placing fourth on Saturday. deJong made his debut in the class in 2016 with two main event appearances.

· Supercar rookies Oliver Eriksson and Cabot Bigham finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in their Red Bull GRC Supercar debuts.

· Chris Atkinson gave Subaru Rally Team USA its first points-paying heat victory since the 2014 season finale when he won Heat 2A on Saturday. It was also Atkinson’s first Red Bull GRC heat victory in his fifth career start.

UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:

1. Scott Speed, 79

2. Tanner Foust, 74

3. Steve Arpin, 64 (tie)

4. Mitchell deJong, 64 (tie)

5. Oliver Eriksson, 56

6. Sebastian Eriksson, 55

7. Cabot Bigham, 54

8. Chris Atkinson, 49

9. Patrik Sandell, 46

10. Austin Dyne, 0

UNOFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:

1. Volkswagen, 5

2. Honda, 4

3. Subaru, 3

Loenbro Motorsports and Jacob Companies Renew Red Bull GRC Partnership

April 26th, 2017

CHINA GROVE, NC — Red Bull Global Rallycross race winner Steve Arpin will again be behind the wheel of the #00 Jacob Companies car for Loenbro Motorsports during the series’ 2017 season.

In 2016, Jacob Companies and Loenbro teamed up to help Arpin race to his most successful Supercar season. That racing partnership is part of a broader business relationship between the two construction-industry companies.

“I’m excited to partner with Jacob Companies for the second year in a row,” Arpin said. “Not only did we develop a great relationship last year that included our first win together, but we also produced one of the best-looking cars, one that the fans voted best in the series.”

Jacob Companies and Loenbro Motorsports look for another strong year from Arpin as the 2017 season kicks off this weekend at Memphis International Raceway.

“All of us at Jacob Companies are looking forward to a long-lasting partnership and friendship between ourselves, Loenbro, and Loenbro Motorsports,” said Jacob Companies CEO Don Perry. “It’s exciting to work with a company whose interests and values align so closely with ours.”

Paul Leach, Loenbro Motorsports owner and president of Loenbro, is pleased that Jacob Companies has become such a good partner.

“After having the opportunity to meet Don and see Jacob Companies’ exceptional work, we felt this was a great partnership for us,” Leach said. “We’re both fortunate to share similar interests in racing and similar values in business and serving customers.

“We’re excited to work with Jacob Companies on the track and on projects off the track,” Leach said.

Arpin carried the Jacob Companies colors on his car for multiple events last year, finishing on the podium in each. He kicked off the partnership with a victory at the iconic Daytona International Speedway, then added a third place at Marine Corps Air Station New River. At season’s end, Arpin totaled a career-best four podiums, five heat victories, and took fourth in the Supercar standings.

Jacob Companies is a multifaceted construction firm with a focus on construction, development, design and technology services. Jacob provides clients with a wide range of services in the design-build and construction management sectors of the construction industry.

Loenbro is a single-source solution for companies needing construction, electrical, industrial, mechanical and inspection work performed. Loenbro has operations in 20 states and experience in several industry sectors, including energy and manufacturing.

The Memphis race is April 28-29, with all drivers appearing on Beale Street on the evening of April 27 for a season kickoff party. The event can be seen on local NBC affiliates or streamed on the NBC Sports app on April 30 at 1 p.m. ET.

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Red Bull GRC: Loenbro Motorsports launches own Supercar program

February 14th, 2017

The Chip Ganassi Rallycross program will now be known as Loenbro Motorsports, owing to Loenbro’s increased commitment to Red Bull Global Rallycross and a drawdown for Ganassi to instead focus on its core programs elsewhere in racing, NBC Sports has learned.

Loenbro Motorsports announced plans to field its own multi-car effort in GRC’s Supercars class this year on Tuesday, with Steve Arpin continuing and a second driver to be confirmed at a later date in a pair of Fords.

A Ganassi team spokesperson confirmed Ganassi is no longer involved with this effort, which will still be based in Charlotte but at a different shop.

The 2017 Red Bull GRC season will be Loenbro’s third in an ownership position and fifth year overall within the series. The last two years, Loenbro was co-owner of Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing and has now fused into the new Loenbro Motorsports banner.

“We’re excited to build upon the incredibly successful foundation that we’ve laid in Red Bull GRC,” Paul Leach, who owns the team with his brother, Jon Leach, said in a release. “We made big gains from the creation of this team in 2015 into the 2016 season, and we’re laser-focused on continuing to improve this year.”

Arpin, who won his first Red Bull GRC final at Daytona last year and finished fourth in points behind teammate Brian Deegan, has had Loenbro support for years. The Montana-based company has locations in seven Western plains states, and is an energy services company specializing in Pipeline, Industrial Construction, Insulation, Inspection, Fabrication & Oilfield Services.

He explained how he and Loenbro’s relationship has come together and how they will now move forward under this banner.

“They’ve saw the inner workings of motorsports, both good and bad,” Arpin told NBC Sports. “They saw an opportunity; they saw the potential of Red Bull Global Rallycross as well as a chance to come in and change the mindset.

“We partnered with Ganassi our first two years. As we got to 2017, we still have a great relationship. They’ll focus on their core business of NASCAR in Charlotte, and IndyCar/IMSA from their Indianapolis shop.”

Arpin said the program will continue with the same core personnel, led by lead engineer Carl Goodman. With Deegan and Arpin finishing third and fourth in points last year, the independent team was best of the rest among the privateers, behind the factory-backed Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team that went 1-2 last year.

“It’s a different shop. But the reality of it is that it’s the same exact program, where we retained our key people. Everyone came with it,” Arpin said.

“It’s the same truck/trailer and same cars; it’s just a different shop, 10 minutes up the road, and is Loenbro Motorsports instead of Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing.

“For us, it’s an open dialogue with Ganassi. We’ll still have the potential to get together with the team in the future.”

Arpin is hopeful the Loenbro Motorsports team will get two tests in before the season opener at Memphis in late April, but if they only get one, they’ll try to have one be “extremely productive.”

Considering the strides he and the team made in 2016 from 2015, they’re optimistic of more growth and progression this year.

“We had a lot of down time between ’15 and ’16, and we weren’t able to do a lot of things yet,” Arpin explained. “With Loenbro making such an early commitment this year, we can get the bull by the horns and say ‘Let’s go do this.’ When we finished 2016, we were laser focused on the next steps and progression. Now it’s asking what we can do better at, with all the right people and the early commitment. It’s gonna be a lot of fun to get testing.”

Arpin’s relationship with Loenbro is more than just being a driver; he’s also developed a business relationship with them.

“I love it. I see it as a long-term career opportunity,” he said. “I’m intrigued by what happens behind the scenes and what makes professional race teams. So much happens to get there.

“There’s two rushes for me. First and foremost getting behind the wheel. Then it’s getting together the planning side of it, working with partners, and figuring out unique, creative ways to deliver more to the partners. That’s it’s own type of rush.”

The two-car Loenbro confirmation joins other multi-car efforts announced from Andretti and Subaru. Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE is yet to reveal its 2017 program yet, while Bryan Herta Rallysport is expected to announce its replacement for Patrik Sandell on Wednesday.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross Announces 2017 Event Schedule

February 3rd, 2017

Los Angeles, CA (February 2, 2017) – Red Bull Global Rallycross proudly unveiled today its action-packed event schedule for the 2017 season. Kicking off in April with a brand new race in Memphis, and concluding in October with the series’ signature Los Angeles finale, this year’s slate retains some of the most popular events of 2016 while also introducing the series to a host of new markets.

“This should be a banner year for Red Bull GRC as we continue our ascent in the world of motorsport,” said Red Bull GRC CEO, Colin Dyne. “We listened to the feedback from our fans, and the 2017 schedule reflects the demand to bring our unique brand of racing to new locations, as well as to return to a number of fan-favorite venues from previous seasons.”

The 2016 Red Bull GRC season was the series’ most exciting yet, with the Supercar and GRC Lites Championships both coming down to the Los Angeles finale. The series will take its high-flying, wheel-to-wheel action to a number of new locations, including its first visit to Louisville, and an inaugural trip to Canada. Popular events in Seattle and Atlantic City will return from 2016, while the series will also make its return to Tennessee and New England.

The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross event schedule is as follows:

  • Round 1: Memphis, TN (April 29)
  • Round 2:Louisville, KY (May 21)
  • Round 3:Thompson, CT (June 3)*
  • Round 4:Thompson, CT (June 4)*
  • Round 5:Canada (June 17)*
  • Round 6:Canada (June 18)*
  • Round 7:Indianapolis, IN (July 9)
  • Round 8:Atlantic City, NJ (August 12)*
  • Round 9:Atlantic City, NJ (August 13)*
  • Round 10:Seattle, WA (September 9)*
  • Round 11:Seattle, WA (September 10)*
  • Round 12:Los Angeles, CA (October 14)

*Indicates doubleheader

Specific event details, including venues, ticket sale information and broadcast times, will be released in the coming weeks.

Drivers expected to compete during the 2017 Red Bull GRC season include two-time defending Supercar champion, Scott Speed; two-time Supercar champion and television host, Tanner Foust; freestyle motocross pioneer and off-road truck champion, Brian Deegan; World Rally Championship veteran, Chris Atkinson; 2006 Junior World Rally champion, Patrik Sandell; and many others. The Supercar field includes manufacturer-backed entries from Volkswagen, Subaru, Honda, and Ford. Specific 2017 driver and team participation will be confirmed closer to the start of the season.

Further announcements about the 2017 Red Bull GRC season will be shared through the official series website, redbullglobalrallycross.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @GRCseries leading up to the season opener in April.

About Red Bull Global Rallycross

Designed to produce some of the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.

Interview: Steve Arpin Is Red Bull Global Rallycross’s Next Superstar

October 24th, 2016

Steve Arpin had a breakout 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. What propelled him to contender status? He looked back with Beyond The Flag.

If Red Bull Global Rallycross had a Most Improved Driver Award, it would be in the hands of Steve Arpin. Always flying just under the radar, Steve’s second year with Chip Ganassi Racing was the one where the pieces finally dropped into place – and his response was to make team history and nearly clinch a championship podium.

The 2016 GRC season may have belonged to Andretti and Volkswagen, but Steve and his Ganassi squad are biting at their heels. It’s only a matter of time before Steve gets that championship spot and he joined Beyond The Flag for a conversation about how this season pushed him ahead of the pack and what he thinks is in his future.

“Our whole goal coming into this season was to go to Los Angeles with a shot at the championship and get a medal,” he reflected. “It was a longer shot than we wanted but we’re definitely there. And if you look a couple weeks before that we’re within nine points to the lead. We just had a couple bad weekends and it hurt us in the points.

“We learned a lot this year,” he continued. “I think we’re one of the more consistent, strong cars out there and it’s really kind of exciting to know how far we came. We’re a privateer team; we don’t have the money the manufacturers put into to the Volkswagens and Hondas. So that being said, I’m really happy with where we’ve been able to elevate our program all on our own.”

You could call 2016 the reinvention of Steve Arpin. In each of his four GRC seasons, he’s always had talent; what he lacked was the resources around him to make it shine. Enter Ganassi, and in 2015 we saw driver and team take their time to learn one another and plot a plan of attack. Now this year – and beyond – is when the hard work pays off and Steve Arpin marches right to the front of the line where he belongs.

He gained two places in the championship standings this year – you could even say three considering his teammate Brian Deegan’s victory pushed him back one at the end – and told us that time was the biggest difference maker.

“[2015] was a tough year for us,” Steve reflected. “It was our first year in the series, my first year in a quality car and something that was competitive, and of all the guys on our team, the only two guys that I’ve seen in a Rallycross race before was myself and our race engineer. Everyone else was NASCAR guys.

“We got a year under our belt, learned a lot of things, learned a lot the hard way,” he continued, “and were able to take everything we learned from year one and just really focus on capitalizing on the lessons we learned and getting better at the things we struggled with last year. I think that’s more of a testament to how a professional racing team works.”

It’s also a testament to what it takes to be a professional racer. There is rarely such a thing as overnight success in any field. Talent means nothing if you don’t do something with it, and Steve and his hard-working CGR crew were willing to learn, re-evaluate and put in the time to be their best selves.

They didn’t assume success because of the Ganassi name; they earned it, particularly when some solid driving – and a helping of fate – made Steve the winner in the first GRC race at Daytona, which was also the first-ever victory for him and for Chip Ganassi Racing in Rallycross.

“That was like one of those perfect weeks,” Steve recalled of winning at Daytona. “It was the start of an awesome relationship with a new partner; we had Jacob Companies on board and we just hit it off so good because they’re just good people and it’s one of those things that’s perfect.

“I’m just a normal kid from a small town in Canada that’s living his dream racing race cars for a living,” he added. “If you’re a racer, you want the opportunity at some point in your career to race at Daytona International Speedway. To get my first win there was remarkable. You couldn’t write the script any better.

“And then to lead into our relationship with Jacob – everything was just a phenomenal weekend for our entire team.”

Needless to say, with two Red Bull Global Rallycross victories and a three-four finish in the title standings this season, the mood around the CGR race shop is pretty optimistic as Arpin and his colleagues look ahead to 2017.

“We’re all happy. The fact that one of us was going to be on the podium at the end of that race was an accomplishment for all these guys,” Steve said of Deegan’s victory in Los Angeles. “It was awesome to end the season off with a win.

“We had a strong weekend, we were one of the fastest cars there all weekend long. Unfortunately circumstances didn’t allow us to showcase that in the main,” he continued, “but going into the off-season it’s all business. Let’s regroup now, take a step back and look at everything we’ve learned, everything we did right, everything we did wrong and make everything better.

“We need to step up our game a little bit,” he added. “Looking at stats we were a consistent third and fourth-place car behind the two Volkswagens, so we definitely need to up our game a little bit to leapfrog them next year.”

Steve’s not even that bothered by the fact that Deegan winning also allowed him to leap over him in the championship points – even though it would’ve been Steve’s first top-three finish.

“I wanted to be third more than anything. I wanted to celebrate with the guys,” he told us, “but when it comes to something like that it’s not about me. There is a part of me inside that is like oh God that was awesome and I wish that was me, but that’s just me being selfish.

“It’s all these guys putting time and effort into doing it all year long. It doesn’t matter if it’s me or Brian up on the podium. It’s all about the boys.”

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Red Bull GRC Race Recap: Los Angeles

October 19th, 2016

IN BRIEF: Scott Speed took Saturday’s final and eventually the championship at this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda, the final event and doubleheader of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season. Meanwhile, Brian Deegan took his first victory of the season in Sunday’s main event.

SATURDAY RECAP: After winning the pole on Friday afternoon, Speed’s dominant streak at the Port of Los Angeles continued as he swept his heats and the main event on Saturday. But as straightforward as it sounds, his Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate Tanner Foust made the battle anything but easy, limiting the gains that Speed could make in the championship.

The two Beetles lined up side by side on the start, with Speed taking the Honda Joker Lap at the earliest opportunity, but Foust settled into second without needing to use it. Foust chased his teammate throughout the 12-car, 12-lap final, looking to make up the advantage as much as possible, but saved the Joker until the final lap and was unable to quite get to Speed’s bumper. Behind them, a wild three-way battle between Deegan, Steve Arpin, and David Higgins early in the race ended with Arpin settling into third.

SUNDAY RECAP: Foust and Speed, the only remaining championship-eligible drivers on Sunday, entered the day separated by six points. Foust beat Speed head to head in the first round to extend it to seven, but after Speed won his semifinal, Foust failed to advance to the main event from his after a rough driving penalty—cutting the lead to four and ensuring that the higher-finishing Beetle would be the champion outright.

At the start of the final, Patrik Sandell got an incredible jump to get ahead of Speed, while LCQ winner Foust fought all the way up to third to keep the title battle down to the wire. Foust couldn’t find a way around Speed despite putting on extensive pressure, while Speed finally got past Sandell for the lead in Turn 3 with two laps to go. But just as he made that pass, Deegan ducked into the Honda Joker Lap from fourth and picked off all three drivers in front of him.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles (I) presented by Honda, the 11th round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycrosss Beetle
  2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  3. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  5. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta

The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles (II) presented by Honda, the 12th round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  1. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  3. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  5. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda, the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “Last year, we came here and were pretty quick, so I was really looking forward to this race. We needed to make it happen the last race, because the team has done such a good job all year. We just kept missing a little bit, and we felt like we had a win a few times, and it was eating at me. We really just had to get it done!”

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “I love this track—it’s been so good to me over the years. I am super happy to be back here in California, the weather has been great as always here. Big shout out to all the fans and thanks for coming out—you guys make it what it is, so thank you. Obviously Volkswagen Andretti is the dream team, and I’m super lucky to be here. Big shout out to Tanner, what an awesome year for both of us. The championship could have gone either way.”

Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST: “It’s been a really good year for me, and Bryan Herta Rallysport has done a fantastic job. If you really want to fight for the podium, you need to score good points at each and every round. We had two bad weekends this year, and it really shows that the series is so strong that with only two bad races we weren’t in the fight for the top spot. You have to be so consistent to fight for the top!”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda, the 11th and 12th rounds of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  • Scott Speed won his 11thcareer Red Bull GRC main event on Saturday and took his second career Supercar championship on Sunday with a runner-up finish. Speed has four victories and five podiums in six starts at the Port of Los Angeles.
  • Brian Deegan took his second career Red Bull GRC victory on Sunday, his first of 2016 and first since joining Chip Ganassi Racing last year. Deegan’s last victory came in Los Angeles in July 2011.
  • Tanner Foust earned his seventh podium of the 2016 season by placing second on Saturday. Foust’s 25-heat winning streak was snapped in the first round of Saturday heats, but he added two more heat wins over the weekend for a record-setting season total of 27.
  • Steve Arpin took his fourth podium of the year by placing third on Saturday and added his fourth heat victory of the season in the first round of Sunday heats.
  • Patrik Sandell’s third place finish on Sunday was his fifth of the season and the second of his career at the Port of Los Angeles.
  • GRC Lites graduates Tanner Whitten and Mitchell DeJong each competed in their first Red Bull GRC main events on Saturday, and both drivers returned to the main event on Sunday. Whitten had the best result of either driver, running sixth in Sunday’s final.

UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Scott Speed, 571
  2. Tanner Foust, 565
  3. Brian Deegan, 473
  4. Steve Arpin, 461
  5. Patrik Sandell, 436
  6. Joni Wiman, 342
  7. Sebastian Eriksson, 341
  8. Austin Dyne, 198
  9. Jeff Ward, 134
  10. Rhys Millen, 96
  11. Chris Atkinson, 88
  12. Nelson Piquet Jr., 63
  13. David Higgins, 57
  14. Tanner Whitten, 37
  15. Bucky Lasek, 34
  16. Mitchell DeJong, 24
  17. Sverre Isachsen, 19
  18. Kevin Eriksson, 4
  19. Toshi Arai, 4
  20. Sebastian Saavedra, 3

UNOFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 51
  2. Ford, 44
  3. Honda, 36
  4. Subaru, 13

Red Bull GRC Race Preview: Los Angeles

October 7th, 2016

IN BRIEF: For the first time in series history, Red Bull Global Rallycross will crown a champion at the end of a doubleheader event. The Port of Los Angeles, one of the series’ most iconic host venues, will set the stage for an exciting Supercar finale.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

Sunday, October 9, 3PM ET on NBC
Saturday, October 8, 7:30PM ET and Sunday, October 9, 6:30PM ET on Red Bull TV

TICKETS: Click here

EVENT SPOTTER GUIDE: Click here

LAST RACE: Tanner Foust broke one winning streak and kept another alive last month at Evergreen Speedway, as Red Bull GRC returned to the Seattle market. He ended teammate Scott Speed’s three-race winning streak with the victory, but also gave Volkswagen its fourth win in a row and seventh of the year—clinching the brand its first manufacturer’s championship.

DRIVER CHANGES: Three drivers will make their Supercar debuts this weekend in Los Angeles. Toshihiro Arai, a multi-time PWRC champion, will trade stage rally for rallycross as he joins Subaru Rally Team USA as the series’ first-ever Japanese driver. Meanwhile, two drivers will graduate from GRC Lites this weekend: Tanner Whitten will fill in for Nelson Piquet Jr. at SH Rallycross/DRR, and Mitchell DeJong makes his debut with Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE.

THE TRACK: The Port of Los Angeles serves as the shortest track of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season at .699 miles, but drivers will have plenty of passing opportunities in the dirt, tight corners, and the Honda Joker Lap. Click here for more information on the track.

FIVE DRIVERS ELIGIBLE FOR SUPERCAR TITLE IN LA: Volkswagen may have locked up the Red Bull GRC Manufacturer’s Championship, but Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Tanner Foust (465 points) and Scott Speed (452) are only two of the drivers who remain mathematically eligible for the Driver’s Championship. Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Steve Arpin (399) and Brian Deegan (373), as well as Bryan Herta Rallysport’s Patrik Sandell (357), also have a shot at the crown.

LITES LADDER SYSTEM PRODUCES SUPERCAR NEWCOMERS: Tanner Whitten and Mitchell DeJong will make their long-awaited Supercar debuts this weekend after accomplishing numerous successes in GRC Lites. Whitten, who earned a victory in the second Daytona final this June, becomes the first Lites race winner to earn an in-season promotion to a Supercar with SH Rallycross/DRR. DeJong, the 2014 class champion and single-season Lites record holder for victories (seven) and heat wins (15), rejoins Olsbergs MSE in a third Honda Civic Coupe.

RED BULL GRC SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH: Red Bull Global Rallycross is proud to support key Breast Cancer Awareness Month initiatives this weekend in Los Angeles. Susan G. Komen Foundation representatives will be on site at the Port of Los Angeles to educate and bring attention to the initiative, as well as accepting donations. This weekend’s course will also feature pink and white stripes on the infield to promote awareness.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Honda:

Mitchell DeJong, #24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe: “I’m really excited being able to finally make my first Supercar start! This is kind of a home race for me, there’s nice weather, and I have a lot of friends and family coming out, so it’ll be a nice hometown crowd. It’ll be nice to finally race a Supercar—it’s been a long time, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m just going to take it as a learning experience, do the best I can, not put too much pressure on myself, and see what we can do with it.”

Tanner Whitten, #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST: “This is extremely special. It’s one of the moments that I’ve been looking forward to and praying about. I’ve been working for it ever since I had the opportunity to drive the Lites car back in 2012. It’s been great to have the opportunity—it’s the last event of the year and it’s been a big deal for the last couple days to get this program put together. I’m really excited for the finale in LA.”

Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST: “The track with be very narrow and tight. The space is very limited, so qualifying will be super important. If we can work well before qualifying and then have good launches, that’s kind of 70 percent of the race. Everyone is so fast and within tenths of each other. If we can just get ahead in the start, it’s easier to keep that position, rather than passing.”

Red Bull GRC Race Recap: Seattle

September 19th, 2016

IN BRIEF: Tanner Foust regained the Red Bull Global Rallycross points lead in the series’ return to Seattle at Evergreen Speedway on Saturday. He grabbed his career-best fourth victory of 2016 in the final, holding off the Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE duo of Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman.

HEAT RECAPS: Foust and Steve Arpin won Friday’s first round heats, while Foust and Sebastian Eriksson took the second round heats. The latter duo also won a chaotic semifinal round, which saw Scott Speed pull off early after rear-ending Chris Atkinson when his hood flew up and obscured his windshield. Every driver in the stacked last chance qualifier was a former Supercar race winner, but not all could make the final; in the end, Patrik Sandell found himself the odd man out, with Joni Wiman the session winner.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: Foust and Eriksson continued their strong performances by getting off the line quickly in the final and asserting first and second. A poor start for Chris Atkinson bunched up the outside of the field, allowing Wiman to get around and take third place.

The podium was settled fairly early on, but there were plenty of battles behind them for position. Early issues for Austin Dyne and David Higgins eliminated them from the battle for the victory early on. Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan were locked in a battle for fifth that ended with Deegan fading late and relinquishing sixth to a resurgent Atkinson. Speed, meanwhile, recovered from his semifinal incident and LCQ appearance to post a fourth place result.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  1. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  2. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  3. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  4. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  5. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  7. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
  9. David Higgins, #75 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  10. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  11. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “it’s a pleasure to be back here. I love you guys and the fans here are absolutely awesome. I was lucky enough to come back about a month ago and across the country the fans are the best. I see so many familiar faces over the last decade of racing. But the track was gnarly. It was weird to go the normal Nascar way around the track. The drift track was the other direction. All the teams had a big battle. Volkswagen and Andretti pulled it off and it was spectacular. It was really great to see so many new fans to a sport that I really believe in. I think there’s a long future, so hope to see you again next year!”

Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe: “It’s been a tough season for us, but to come here with some new parts on the car and get a great result worked out really well. I’m happy for all the team and all the hard work they’ve put into it.”

Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe: “I’m really happy with the result. We went through the LCQ and we had a very good start in the final and got up to third. I really had to put my head down, battle, and drive as fast as I could in the LCQ. I wanted to do more than third today, but we’re still really happy.”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle, the 10th round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  • Tanner Foust earned the record 11thvictory of his Red Bull Global Rallycross career in Saturday’s final at Evergreen Speedway. It was also his career-best fourth victory of the season, and saw him extend his heat and semifinal victory streak to an all-time record 25 in a row.
  • Foust’s victory enabled Volkswagen to clinch its first Red Bull GRC Manufacturer’s Championship before the season-ending doubleheader in Los Angeles. Volkswagen has taken seven victories so far in the 2016 season.
  • Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman each earned season-best finishes for Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE in second and third, respectively. It was the first double podium for Honda since joining Red Bull GRC earlier this season.
  • Scott Speed’s fourth place finish represented the first time since Daytona (I) in June that he missed the podium.
  • Chris Atkinson gave Subaru Rally Team USA its best finish of the season with a sixth place result. For the first time in 2016, all Subarus entered in the event made it to the main event without going through the last chance qualifier. Fellow Subaru driver David Higgins finished ninth.
  • Patrik Sandell missed the main event of a Red Bull GRC race for the first time since 2015’s season finale in Las Vegas. 

UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Tanner Foust, 465*
  2. Scott Speed, 452*
  3. Steve Arpin, 399*
  4. Brian Deegan, 373*
  5. Patrik Sandell, 357*
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, 317
  7. Joni Wiman, 290
  8. Austin Dyne, 176
  9. Jeff Ward, 134
  10. Rhys Millen, 96
  11. Nelson Piquet Jr., 63
  12. Chris Atkinson, 39
  13. Bucky Lasek, 34
  14. Sverre Isachsen, 19
  15. David Higgins, 15
  16. Kevin Eriksson, 4
  17. Sebastian Saavedra, 3

*mathematically eligible for championship

UNOFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 42*
  2. Ford, 35
  3. Honda, 30
  4. Subaru, 8

Red Bull GRC Race Preview: Seattle

September 19th, 2016

IN BRIEF: Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to one of its most popular markets for the first time in two years this weekend, as Seattle hosts the penultimate event of the 2016 season. Evergreen Speedway will serve as the venue for the event for the first time, promising a challenging new course with numerous variables for drivers to manage.

LAST RACE: Late-race tire issues in Atlantic City, for Tanner Foust allowed Scott Speed to grab his third consecutive Supercar victory, winning the inaugural event at Bader Field. A chaotic final lap saw Patrik Sandell jump from fifth to second on the final lap, while Brian Deegan muscled by Foust in the final corners to secure third, returning the favor from Foust’s similar move in Washington DC the month before.

DRIVER CHANGES: Subaru Rally Team USA’s two-car effort will see Chris Atkinson, fresh off his Red Bull GRC debut in Atlantic City, and David Higgins partnered in Seattle. Higgins made three Supercar starts in the 2015 season, most recently in last year’s Las Vegas finale, and comes off his sixth consecutive American stage rally championship.

THE TRACK: One of the most unique courses on the 2016 calendar, Evergreen Speedway combines elements of its iconic .625-mile oval with the mixed-surface action and 70-foot jump that are signature to Red Bull GRC. Click here for more information on the track.

CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD SHIFTS COMING INTO SEATTLE: With three straight victories to his name, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed reclaimed the Red Bull GRC points lead in Atlantic City for the first time since winning last year’s championship. However, he enters this weekend’s action ahead of teammate Tanner Foust by only nine points—less than the difference between a first and third place finish in the final. Steve Arpin remains third in the championship at 52 points back, while Patrik Sandell and Brian Deegan complete the top five.

FAN FAVORITES SUBARU CARRY MOMENTUM INTO WEEKEND: Subaru Rally Team USA scored its first-ever Red Bull GRC victory two years ago in Seattle and enjoys a strong fanbase in the Pacific Northwest owing to its lengthy and successful history in stage rally. The team enters this weekend with plenty of optimism: newcomer Chris Atkinson gave the team its first top-three semifinal finish last time out in Atlantic City, and David Higgins added a stage rally championship earlier this month. They’ll team up for the first time this weekend.

GANASSI DRIVERS ARPIN, DEEGAN PART OF HISTORIC WEEKEND: For the first time in its history, Chip Ganassi Racing will have drivers competing in every race series it runs this weekend. The squad will run 14 cars and 19 drivers in six series across the United States; representing them in Red Bull GRC will be Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan, who currently rank third and fifth in Supercar points with a win and seven podiums between them.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Seattle:

Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST: “It’s a unique place. I know there’s a big following of rally out here. Most of them know my background and I think we will have a lot of fans coming out, so it will be super cool. The track layout looks really good. I have a really good feeling going into this event—last time we ran a track like this was in 2013 and I really liked those tracks. I specifically remember Bristol and we were dominating there, so that’s kind of the plan this weekend.”

David Higgins, #75 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI: “I can’t wait to get back into GRC, and to do it in Seattle with its big Subaru following and home of DirtFish will be amazing. The penny dropped with GRC for me in qualifying at Las Vegas last year but I wasn’t able to use it after first race big crash. But that did give me a lot to think about over the winter and during this year. Lots of time karting has helped, and I have also changed my style in stage rally to try and make it feel more natural.”

Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “It’s pretty cool to be right in the middle of a title battle right now. It’s where we’re meant to be—we have an incredible team, crew, Ford Fiestas, and partners, so we need to be where we’re at right now. We’ve had a couple of tough weeks the past few weeks, so these next few races we’re going to keep our nose down and do the best we can possibly do. It’s not one of those deals where we’re going to get entirely engulfed and consumed by the points battle; if we can go out there and win the next three races the points will take care of themselves.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross Shouldn’t Sleep On Steve Arpin

September 13th, 2016

As the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season winds down, don’t understimate Steve Arpin – a title contender and huge part of the future of GRC.

Everyone is talking about the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross championship as a two-horse race between Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammates Scott Speed and Tanner Foust. But there’s a third name in the mix: Steve Arpin.

With three races remaining in the season Arpin is quietly sitting third in the GRC championship standings. He has 357 points, putting him 43 markers behind Foust for second place and 52 back of Speed, who’s aiming to secure back-to-back titles after becoming the first Andretti champion in 2015.

Arpin has some ground to make up if he wants to upset the Andretti apple cart. Yet to sleep on the Chip Ganassi Racing standout would be a mistake. With his 2016 season Arpin has proven not just that he can hang tough this year, but that he can be a major part of the future for Red Bull GRC.

2016 is Arpin’s fourth year competing in GRC Supercars, but it may as well be his second. The 32-year-old Canadian was hamstrung in his first two years driving with OMSE2 and Royal Purple Racing. He just didn’t have the resources to go up against the top teams in the league and it showed.

“The last couple years have been with the older cars, something that was just outdated, that we had a lot of mechanical problems with,” Arpin told AXS.com in an interview last year.

As a result he had only one podium in his first two seasons – a second-place finish at Barbados in 2014. In 19 rounds he compiled six Top 5 finishes. But he always seemed to drive with so much heart on the track, leading fans to wonder: when would the real Steve Arpin get the chance to stand up?

That opportunity came last year when IndyCar and NASCAR giant Chip Ganassi Racing moved into GRC, hiring Arpin and Brian Deegan to be their drivers. Suddenly Arpin was employed by one of the biggest names in motorsports and able to utilize everything that came with it. And lo and behold his results instantly improved.

Arpin racked up more Top 5 results in 2015 than he had in his entire career to date (eight) and increased his championship point total by more than 100 points (224 to 357). Most importantly he was stringing together consistent performances; he had two separate streaks of three Top 5 finishes in a row.

In 2016 he’s gotten even better. Arpin captured his first career win – and the first for Ganassi – when he stole victory at the second race of GRC Daytona. He has three podium finishes and has completed every single race within the Top 5. He is, quite honestly, turning himself into the Scott Dixon of Red Bull GRC – minus the four championships.

The comparison between Arpin and Dixon is apt in another way, and that’s how they conduct themselves off-track. Dixon is a class act who represents himself and IndyCar impeccably and the same can be said about Steve Arpin. Maybe it’s because he’s Canadian but he is the absolute nicest person in the entire GRC paddock.

Not to take away from how competitive he is, but if you have the opportunity to meet Arpin at a race it’s impossible not to like him. He always seems like he’s just so happy to be there and then goes out and knocks around the competition. Arpin has so much enthusiasm for Global Rallycross and racing and life in general that he elevates the entire league, because of how much energy he brings week in and week out.

That’s something that GRC should be seizing upon and promoting as much as possible. The league is full of talented drivers who are also engaging people but many racing fans can’t name a current GRC driver, unless they saw Foust in his “day job” as the co-host of History’s Top Gear. There must be a bigger public profile if the sport is going to grow, and Arpin is exactly the guy that should be front and center. He’s talented, he’s classy, he’s funny and he can make other people care about Global Rallycross as much as he does.

Both on and off the racetrack, Steve Arpin has all the components of being a superstar. The pieces just haven’t fallen his way yet, but they’re certainly starting to.

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Red Bull GRC Race Recap: Atlantic City

August 29th, 2016

IN BRIEF: It wasn’t an easy fight in the final, but Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed churned out his third consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross victory during the series’ inaugural visit to Atlantic City. After a hectic last lap, Patrik Sandell and Brian Deegan found their way onto the podium in second and third.

HEAT RECAPS: As with many races this year, Speed and teammate Tanner Foust were the class of the field in heats and semifinals—but the real story was how close Foust’s winning streak in preliminary rounds came to ending. A last-lap pass by Brian Deegan in the first round was penalized for being too rough, and Foust’s semifinal was red-flagged for an incident including Nelson Piquet Jr. with the points leader in fifth. He would take full advantage of the restart, however, to climb back to victory. Sebastian Eriksson would win the last chance qualifier.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: Speed and Foust traded the lead three times on the first lap of the eight-lap final, with Foust eventually taking the top spot and extending a gap. However, as the race wound down, Speed was able to close the gap and pass his teammate for the top spot when Foust found himself running on only three tires.

That opened the door for a wild final lap. Patrik Sandell pounced on the Joker Lap to jump from the middle of the pack to second place, barely getting in front of Foust as the two lanes of the course merged. Meanwhile, Deegan had muscled his way around Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Steve Arpin for fourth before catching Foust in third; in redemption from last month’s race in Washington DC, where Foust would get past Deegan on the final lap, this time it was Deegan’s time to take the final spot on the podium.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City, the ninth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  2. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  5. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  7. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  10. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  11. Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  12. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  13. Kevin Eriksson, #96 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City, the ninth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “This track has definitely been my favorite. We’ve never been to a track that rutted up like this did, where we really had to be careful and pick our lines. As we saw in the race, that really played out in my favor, but it definitely made it interesting! What a great city to have a race in—Atlantic City has been amazing, and I love being here. I’m super pumped about the track, it’s been really great to be here. A huge thanks to our sponsors—BFGoodrich make the best tires on earth!”

Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST: “This was a fantastic track to drive on with a lot of people out there, and the backdrop was insane. Overall, it was a really good race weekend that GRC put together, so we’re really pleased with that. Bryan Herta Rallysport has done a fantastic job to give me a really fast car this weekend, and they always put their best foot forward to help me out. I had kind of a rough first lap in the final where I was kind of a ping-pong  ball in the middle of a lot of cars, but my car was still great and I could still push with it. My spotter did a fantastic job to give me feedback on times all the way through, and what position we could get up to by taking the Joker at the end. It took us all the way up to second, so I’m super happy for the team.”

Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “In the end, it was an awesome race. I just want to thank everyone from Ganassi, they work really had to give us a car that was competitive. We were in the game the whole time, and that makes it so much more fun. I want to thank all the fans for coming out—this is a good stop, and the backdrop here, everything is beautiful. I had a lot of fun, and this is probably the most fun racetrack because it swept really well. It was racy, and the dirt was really rough, so you had to pick your line. That’s rallycross—when cars start bouncing in the air, parts are breaking and people are flying over each other, that’s rallycross. And that’s what I felt here. You didn’t have to get the start to win it, you could actually make some passes. So hopefully we get some more tracks like this and head back to Atlantic City, thanks for having us!”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City, the ninth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  • Scott Speed earned the 10thvictory of his Red Bull GRC career on Sunday at Bader Field. It was Speed’s third win of the season, all of which have come from the pole position. The victory also enabled Speed to take the points lead for the first time this year.
  • Patrik Sandell took his fourth podium finish of 2016 by placing second in Saturday’s final. It was Sandell’s second straight runner-up finish to Speed, after doing the same last month in Washington DC.
  • Brian Deegan returned to the podium for the first time since July at MCAS New River by placing third. Deegan now has four podium finishes this season.
  • Tanner Foust continued to extend his record for heat and semifinal victories in a single Red Bull GRC season with wins in all three of his preliminary rounds. Foust’s season-long total is 22 heat and semifinal wins, all of which have come consecutively.
  • Chris Atkinson and Kevin Eriksson each made their Red Bull GRC Supercar debut in Atlantic City. Atkinson made the main event via the semifinal, but fell out of the final early with mechanical issues and was classified 11th. Eriksson missed the final and was listed in 13th.
  • Subaru Rally Team USA placed multiple cars in the main event for the first time in 2016. All three of the team’s entries earned spots in the final. Sverre Isachsen led the team with a ninth place result.

UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Scott Speed, 409
  2. Tanner Foust, 400
  3. Steve Arpin, 357
  4. Patrik Sandell, 352
  5. Brian Deegan, 345
  6. Sebastian Eriksson, 259
  7. Joni Wiman, 240
  8. Austin Dyne, 165
  9. Jeff Ward, 134
  10. Rhys Millen, 96
  11. Nelson Piquet Jr., 45
  12. Bucky Lasek, 34
  13. Sverre Isachsen, 19
  14. Chris Atkinson, 6
  15. Kevin Eriksson, 4
  16. Sebastian Saavedra, 3

UNOFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 37
  2. Ford, 32
  3. Honda, 27
  4. Subaru, 6

Chip Ganassi Fighting Hard To Close Gap To Andretti In Red Bull GRC

August 29th, 2016

In 2015, Andretti and Chip Ganassi added Red Bull GRC to their racing portfolio, and immediately, Andretti’s Volkswagen Beetles emerged as the benchmark for the rest of the field. In 2016, however, Chip Ganassi isn’t making life easy for Andretti.

Chip Ganassi drivers Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan are currently P3 and P5 in the standings, respectively. And although Andretti’s Tanner Foust and Scott Speed still have control of the top-two spots, Deegan and Arpin have been able to take the fight to both VWs on multiple occasions.

“The Volkswagens definitely are the cars that are hard to beat,” Deegan told NESN Fuel. “So, we kind of just do the best we can with what we’ve got.

I think our advantage is that our cars have been reliable, and that’s how you win a championship. It’s not just winning that race, it’s being up there every race.”

So far this season, Ganassi is the only team other than Andretti to have both drivers finish on the podium in the same race, having done so at MCAS New River and Daytona International Speedway. After dealing with teething issues in 2015, Arpin thinks the Ganassi team is really showing its true potential this season.

“We’ve been doing this for quite a while now, so we’re starting to kind of find some visible traits or characteristics of the track,” Arpin told NESN Fuel. “We’ve got a thicker notebook now, if you want to call it that.”

Some people have been surprised the team was able to take such a big step forward in the off-season, but Arpin insists he isn’t one of them.

“When you look at it, we shouldn’t be as fast as (Andretti). That being said, am I surprised we’re as close to them as we are? Not really,” Arpin said.

Like in many forms of motorsport, teams with smaller budgets can punch above their weight, if they know how to work together efficiently. Deegan thinks that’s why Ganassi has been able to fight with Andretti, in spite of its VW factory backing.

“It’s always hard to race against different budgets, and I think we’re all good — the top-10 drivers are all really close — it just comes down to who’s got the best setup and the best car that day,” Deegan said. “Unfortunately, they’ve put a lot more into it than anyone else, but we’re doing our best to catch up, and I think we are.”

If the last round in District of Columbia was any indication, Deegan is right. In the final event, with changing track conditions, Deegan was fighting door-to-door with Foust every lap, only missing the podium when Foust bumped him on the inside of one of the last turns.

“The best way I can beat them is really just get aggressive with them. If you let them get away up front, they’re hard to catch,” Deegan said.

Arpin said, although there are some drivers he needs to be cautious of, he and Speed have shown they can race each other hard, but clean. And if Arpin has his way, they may get the opportunity to do so when the stakes are high.

“I’m really anticipating being right in the title hunt in Los Angeles,” Arpin said.

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Red Bull GRC Race Preview: Atlantic City

August 29th, 2016

IN BRIEF: After a month-long hiatus, the Red Bull Global Rallycross season resumes with a brand new event at Bader Field in Atlantic City. The largest Supercar field of the season will attempt to chase down points-leading teammates Tanner Foust and Scott Speed of Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

Sunday, August 28, 3PM ET on NBC
Sunday, August 28, 3:30PM ET on Red Bull TV

TICKETS: Click here

EVENT SPOTTER GUIDE: Click here

LAST RACE: After grabbing his first victory of the season at Marine Corps Air Station New River at the beginning of July, defending Red Bull GRC champion Scott Speed ended the month on top once again in Washington DC. He held off inaugural DC event winner Patrik Sandell to do it, while Tanner Foust completed the podium in third after a late-race pass on Brian Deegan.

DRIVER CHANGES: Two new entries join the Supercar grid to produce a season-high of 13 cars. World Rally Championship veteran Chris Atkinson joins Subaru Rally Team USA in a third entry, racing alongside Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen, for his first career Red Bull GRC start. 2014 GRC Lites runner-up Kevin Eriksson makes his first Supercar start in the series at Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE, also in a third entry, joining Joni Wiman and Sebastian Eriksson.

THE TRACK: The longest course of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season, Bader Field will play host to a 10-turn, 1.102-mile course characterized by lengthy straightaways and tight corners. Click here for more information on the track.

TITLE BATTLE TIGHTENS BETWEEN TEAMMATES: Scott Speed’s victory in Washington DC marked two things: first, the only time all season that Tanner Foust hasn’t led a lap in a Supercar final this year, and second, the closest championship spread of the season. Speed now trails his Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross compatriot by only six points with four rounds remaining.

FACTORY EFFORTS BOLSTER SUPERCAR ENTRY LIST: Subaru Rally Team USA and Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE will each run three Supercars for the first time in 2016 this weekend in Atlantic City, adding Chris Atkinson and Kevin Eriksson to the grid, respectively. The weekend will also mark the first time that each team will run three of their current-generation vehicles in the same event, with Subaru entering a brand-new WRX STI and OMSE campaigning the third Civic Coupe that has served as a spare car at previous events.

FAN FAVORITE DRIVER OF THE YEAR VOTING OPENS: Red Bull GRC is pleased to announce the start of its fourth annual Fan Favorite Driver of the Year vote. Once per day through the end of the season, fans are able to vote for their favorite Supercar drivers. The winner will be crowned at the season-ending awards banquet. Click here for more information.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Atlantic City:

Chris Atkinson, #55 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI: “This is pretty exciting for me. I have a lot to learn, but it’s cool being downtown here in Atlantic City. It’s going to be fun and we will have a good crowd out there. I’m just looking forward to racing—normally I’m doing rally driving and I was in China a few weeks ago doing a race in the Gobi Desert. So I’m excited about this weekend!”

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “It’s pretty amazing to be here! I’ve been here zero times before, this is my first time in Atlantic City, and it’s really spectacular to be right on the shore at such an iconic place in the US. The track they’ve built for us looks like it’s going to be one of the more exciting venues we’ve got—there’s going to be a lot of passing and the Joker is huge. It’s the longest track that we’ve had so far, so I’m really excited for this weekend.”

Kevin Eriksson, #96 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe: “I’ve been on the side watching the development of the Civic this year. I had been very eager to test it, but instead of a test, I got a race! I’m really looking forward to it—the Civic is getting better and better, so hopefully we can do well this weekend.”

Red Bull GRC Race Recap: Washington DC

August 1st, 2016

IN BRIEF: Scott Speed kept the momentum up from his victory at MCAS New River, and crept up on teammate Tanner Foust in the championship standings, by winning Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC at RFK Stadium. Patrik Sandell, one of Speed’s top challengers all weekend, placed second, while Foust came home third over Brian Deegan.

HEAT RECAPS: Though the points may say that Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers Speed and Foust swept all six heats and semifinals, their path to doing so was anything but easy—especially in the semifinals. Joni Wiman, the Supercar champion from two years ago, pressured Speed all the way around the course in the first semifinal; in the second, Patrik Sandell used the Joker Lap to jump from fourth to first, only for Foust to muscle his way back into the spot in the dirt section. Steve Arpin won the last chance qualifier.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: A downpour just before the LCQ washed out the track for the final two sessions, meaning the main event would be a clean slate for the first two rows of drivers. Fortunately for Speed, the polesitter, he was able to retain the top spot coming around the course for the first time, while Sandell, twice a podium finisher in DC over the past two years, jumped to second.

Those two drivers would hold their spots for the remainder of the race, leaving the real battle for third place. Deegan held the spot for much of the race, frustrating Foust in his repeated attempts to get by. It wasn’t until the final lap that the two-time Supercar champion finally found a way around his former teammate to put both VARX cars on the podium.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC, the eighth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  2. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  4. Brian Deegan, #38 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  5. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  6. Steve Arpin, #00 Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  7. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  10. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
  11. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC, the eighth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “First of all, thank you so much to the fans who came out here at our nation’s capital. There’s no question that this is the race that we all look forward to the most. It’s so great racing here. It means so much to get back to back wins. We are back in the championship hunt—two wins in a row, and we are on a great roll.”

Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST: “It’s been a couple of rough weeks for my team, but they really put together a fantastic car for me. I had a pretty bad wreck the last weekend and they have been working flat out since. I am so happy for Bryan Herta Rallysport, just to be able to bring a car back here and be super fast and put it all the way up on the podium. This one is for the team.”

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “I was inhaling the mud from Deegan from the whole race. We were going back and forth with Brian, and it was such a fun race. I’ll be honest with you, this is such a sketchy track and getting blinded by another car makes it hard to do anything, but it’s super exciting. I tried to stick my nose in there a couple of times—I spun one time and I thought it was over at that point, but I was able to get back. We have been pushing really hard, Scott and I, and we have been really fortunate to get up here a few times. Honestly, behind the scenes the cars are getting torn down, rebuilt, over and over again. On my side, you have the crew just going absolutely at it to build it for the race out here in time. It’s incredible.”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC, the eighth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

  • Scott Speed earned the ninth victory of his Red Bull GRC career on Saturday at RFK Stadium. It was Speed’s second win of the season, both of which have come from the pole position. It also marked the first victory and podium finish for Volkswagen USA, located in nearby Herndon, VA, at its home event.
  • Patrik Sandell took his third podium finish of 2016 by placing second in Saturday’s final. Sandell has never finished worse than second in a Red Bull GRC event in Washington DC.
  • Tanner Foust set the Red Bull GRC single-season record for heat and semifinal victories on Friday by taking his 17thwin of the year, and extended the record to 19 by winning both of his heat and semifinal sessions on Saturday. Foust remains undefeated in preliminary rounds this season. His third place finish also marked his series-leading fifth podium of 2016.
  • Nelson Piquet Jr., the defending winner of Red Bull GRC Washington DC, returned to the series for the first time in 2016 this weekend. He placed seventh in his season debut for SH Rallycross/DRR.
  • Subaru Rally Team USA returned to Washington DC after missing this event last year. Maryland native Bucky Lasek placed ninth in the main event.

UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Tanner Foust, 350
  2. Scott Speed, 344
  3. Steve Arpin, 315
  4. Patrik Sandell, 299
  5. Brian Deegan, 293
  6. Joni Wiman, 235
  7. Sebastian Eriksson, 227
  8. Austin Dyne, 143
  9. Jeff Ward, 134
  10. Rhys Millen, 96
  11. Bucky Lasek, 26
  12. Nelson Piquet Jr., 24
  13. Sverre Isachsen, 6
  14. Sebastian Saavedra, 3

UNOFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:

  1. Volkswagen, 32
  2. Ford, 28
  3. Honda, 24
  4. Subaru, 4

Red Bull GRC Race Preview: Washington DC

July 29th, 2016

IN BRIEF: The second half of the 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season kicks off with a return to Washington DC and a new course layout at RFK Stadium. Defending race winner Nelson Piquet Jr. returns to a Supercar for the first time this season to go for back-to-back victories in the nation’s capital.

TUNE IN INFORMATION:

Saturday, July 30, 2PM ET on NBC
Saturday, July 30, 2:30PM ET on Red Bull TV

TICKETS: Click here

EVENT SPOTTER GUIDE: Click here

LAST RACE: Defending Supercar champion Scott Speed finally broke through for his first victory of the 2016 season with a last-lap pass at Marine Corps Air Station New River. After an early mechanical failure for Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan inherited the lead for most of the race, only to lose the top spot in the Joker Lap on the final lap of the race. Steve Arpin completed the podium behind Speed and Deegan.

DRIVER CHANGES: Nelson Piquet Jr. rejoins SH Rallycross/DRR for this weekend’s event in hopes of defending his Washington DC victory last year. In 22 starts for the team from 2014-15, Piquet earned eight podium finishes and finished fourth in the final standings in both seasons.

THE TRACK: This year’s Washington DC course returns to Lot 8 of RFK Stadium, but reverses direction as part of an entirely new .899-mile layout. The 10-turn course includes a new technical section beneath the DC Metro, and a jump leading directly to the finish line. Click here for more information on the track.

INTENSE BATTLE FOR SUPERCAR TITLE EMERGES: With the right combination of finishes this weekend, any of the top five drivers in Supercar points can leave Red Bull GRC Washington DC with the championship lead. Current leader Tanner Foust (295 points), Steve Arpin (286), and Scott Speed (279) have the best chance of heading to Atlantic City on top; fourth-place Brian Deegan (248) and fifth-place Patrik Sandell (243) are also within striking distance this weekend and can take the top spot by capitalizing on others’ potential struggles.

VOLKSWAGEN AIMS FOR FIRST VICTORY AT HOME EVENT: Located in nearby Herndon, Virginia, Red Bull GRC Washington DC represents a home race for Volkswagen USA. Drivers Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, combined winners of three Supercar titles, have yet to crack the podium, but both enter the weekend as favorites; Foust has already tied the single-season record for heat and semifinal wins with 16, while Speed is the series’ most recent race winner at MCAS New River.

RED BULL GRC LAUNCHES PICK 5 FANTASY RALLYCROSS PRESENTED BY BFGOODRICH: For the first time, Red Bull GRC steps into the world of fantasy sports this weekend with Pick 5 Fantasy Rallycross presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Throughout the week, fans have submitted entries to series social channels selecting five Supercar drivers to represent them in the final five rounds of the 2016 season. The fan whose selections earn the most combined points will win a prize pack from BFGoodrich Tires and signed memorabilia from each driver. Click here for more information.

QUOTES: A selection of quotes in advance of this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Washington DC:

Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST: ““I’ve missed competing in Red Bull GRC with SH Rallycross/DRR. I had such a great couple of seasons with the team and I love rallycross. Sulli and I are friends and have kept in touch. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to race again with the team that helped me get my first GRC victory.””

Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST: “I am very excited for Washington DC again. My first time here it was fantastic, and we won. The second time, we placed second. I am happy to have Nelson back—I told him to watch my back now, as I was watching his back last year. Hopefully the weekend will treat me well.”

Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “This track should be better than last year, even though last year was a quite big improvement from the first year where the lot was half the size. It’s hard to compare, but it should be good. I saw the track and it looks good. I’m sure it will drag dirt on the front stretch, which will make it quite slippery, and that kind of mix between tarmac and dust that creates a lot of passing will be there.”

Play Pick 5 Fantasy Rallycross Presented by BFGoodrich

July 27th, 2016

Red Bull Global Rallycross is pleased to unveil its first-ever fantasy racing game: Red Bull GRC Pick 5 Fantasy Rallycross presented by BFGoodrich Tires. In this new, unique fantasy sports offering, fans are challenged to pick one Supercar driver for each of the final five rounds of the 2016 season. The fan whose picks score the most points over the remainder of the year will earn a prize pack from BFGoodrich and autographed memorabilia from each of their five picks.

The launch of the game coincides with this weekend’s Red Bull GRC Washington DC, the series’ third annual visit to RFK Stadium. Defending race winner Nelson Piquet Jr. makes his return to the Supercar class this weekend with SH Rallycross/DRR, aiming to make it two wins in two years in the nation’s capital; he’ll face off with a stacked Supercar field that includes last year’s runner-up Patrik Sandell, current Supercar points leader Tanner Foust, and defending Red Bull GRC champion Scott Speed. GRC Lites will also campaign this weekend, with Alex Keyes also looking to defend last year’s victory.

Entries for Red Bull GRC Pick 5 Fantasy Rallycross presented by BFGoodrich Tires will remain open until Friday at 5:30PM ET. Click to play via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; for more game information, click here.

Tickets remain on sale for this weekend’s Red Bull GRC Washington DC at RFK Stadium. Click here for more information!

2016 Mid-Season Review: Steve Arpin

July 12th, 2016

STATS (through 6 of 12 rounds): 2nd in Supercar points (286); 6 starts, 1 win, 3 podiums, 3 heat wins

POSITIVES: For the third year in a row, Arpin has demonstrated major progress from the previous Red Bull GRC season—culminating in a dramatic first career victory at Daytona International Speedway, the same day that Chip Ganassi Racing brought the Ford GT back to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a class victory.

The momentum started in Dallas, when a strong first lap saw Arpin get out to second and hold off double Phoenix winner and Supercar points leader Tanner Foust for the spot. His third podium came at Marine Corps Air Station New River, when a wet and muddy final not unlike his winning race at Daytona ended with a third place run.

NEGATIVES: There’s no such thing as a perfect season in Red Bull GRC, but Arpin’s 2016 so far has been about as close as it gets. He hasn’t finished worse than sixth place in six races, the only driver in the Supercar class who can say that. Between an offseason of hard work and an eternally positive attitude, it’s difficult to find negatives in Arpin’s on-track performance.

“I’m just having fun—that’s what it is all about for us, we’re just having fun,” Arpin said at New River. “If we just keep doing what we are doing, and do the best we possibly can in every single race like we have been, the points will take care of themselves. At the end of the year, hopefully we are in contention. We have a great group of guys, we’re all doing this to the best of our abilities, and that is all that we can ask for. We’ve found our stride, and we’re confident and comfortable.”

OUTLOOK: This is the breakthrough year that Arpin has been waiting for since joining Red Bull GRC. The first two years built his skills behind the wheel, last year saw him help build a team, and this year is the fruit of those combined efforts. With how things have gone so far, it won’t be a surprise if Arpin is at least in the hunt for the championship in October.

Chip Ganassi To Be Inducted Into The Motorsports Hall Of Fame Of America

July 6th, 2016

CONCORD, N.C. (June 29, 2016) – Chip Ganassi, one of the most successful owners in all of auto racing, will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) at the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony, later today at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla. Ganassi is joined in the Hall of Fame class by fellow NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, NHRA announcer Dave McClelland and racer and broadcaster Sam Posey. Also being inducted posthumously will be AMA dirt-track motorcycle racer Everett Brashear, land-speed racer Gary Gabelich and 1955 Indianapolis 500 winner Bob Sweikert.

 

Notes of Interest: 

        Winning the Big Ones: Ganassi is the only car owner in history to have won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, the Brickyard 400 in addition to adding the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this month. Between February 2010 and January 2011, his teams swept the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 followed by wins at the Brickyard 400 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, giving him an unprecedented “Grand Slam” in America’s major auto races. Overall, his teams have won 18 championships and 175 races. His open-wheel teams have amassed 11 championships and more than 100 victories, including five in the Indianapolis 500. His NASCAR teams have 17 victories including wins in the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. In addition to his recent win at Le Mans, his sports car teams have a record six Rolex 24 At Daytona victories to complement their seven WeatherTech Sports Car Series championships.

          One Team: Ganassi’s teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GTs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GTs in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. In all he runs 14 cars in six different touring series.  His current driver lineup boasts 18 drivers from seven different countries.

        Ganassi on the Track: Before becoming one of the most successful team owners in American racing history, Ganassi raced himself. He competed in the Indianapolis 500 five times with a best finish of eighth in 1983. Ganassi also made 27 career Indy car starts, scoring a best finish of second in Cleveland in 1984.

 

Quote Board: 

Mario Andretti, Racing Legend – “I’ve known Chip since he was driving Formula Fords in the early 80s. As he transitioned to team ownership, the motorsports world watched him reach the pinnacle of the sport by winning in all the major categories that he entered. In my eyes, that makes him an icon. His contributions to our sport are immense. He’s a tremendous competitor and also a great friend.” 

Jim Campbell, U.S. VP, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, General Motors – “Chip is a racer, a championship team owner, and importantly, he’s a partner and friend of Chevrolet. He leads his team from competitive and business perspectives. The longevity of his business along with dozens of championships and marquee race wins is impressive. He has an incredible ability to attract talent and put people in the right positions to create team chemistry with a sole focus on winning. It’s a lot more fun racing with Chip Ganassi than it is against him.”

Scott Dixon, Verizon IndyCar Series Driver, No. 9 Target Chevrolet – “It’s impressive what Chip has been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. He started his team in the early 90s and has grown it across multiple series. Just this month he added another big win to the list with a historic victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I love Chip’s competitive nature and I’m proud to have driven for the same team basically my entire career. This honor is well deserved and I hope we get to share many more trips to victory lane together in the future. 

AJ Foyt, Racing Legend – “Chip’s been a lot better owner than he was a driver. Seriously though, he’s been good for racing and a strong supporter of the sport. His teams have won the major races in INDYCAR and NASCAR so I think he deserves to be in there.”

Brian France, NASCAR Chairman and CEO – “Chip Ganassi has had a positive impact on our sport for decades, as both a driver and owner, and on behalf of the entire NASCAR family we would like to congratulate him on being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame. As one of our most innovative and forward-thinking owners, Chip is a great ambassador and is doing a fantastic job developing one of NASCAR’s rising stars in Kyle Larson. We thank him for his commitment to NASCAR and wish him and his team continued success following this tremendous honor.”

Jim France, IMSA and International Speedway Corporation Chairman – “It’s appropriate that the first Motorsports Hall of Fame of America induction ceremony in Daytona Beach includes Chip Ganassi. Chip’s teams have won the Rolex 24 At Daytona six times and the Daytona 500 in 2010 alongside all of the big races over the years – Charlotte, Sebring, Indianapolis and just a couple of weeks ago at Le Mans. Add to that his six Daytona Prototype championships and 11 INDYCAR championships and it’s clear that Chip has plenty of credentials to be called a ‘Hall of Famer.’ Congratulations, Chip, on a fantastic career so far and here’s to many more years of success.”

Dario Franchitti, Racing Legend – “It’s great to see Chip being honored. It’s well deserved. His accomplishments are really second to none. Winning the Daytona 500, Indy 500, Rolex 24, Sebring, Brickyard and now Le Mans, is simply incredible. As a driver, you want to drive for Chip because he gives the team everything it needs to do the job, and expects results. It’s been an absolute pleasure to drive for him.”

Jeff Gordon, Racing Legend – “Chip is a great businessman and he is the definition of a racer. It doesn’t matter what series, whether it’s the Indianapolis 500 or the Brickyard 400, whether it’s the Daytona 500 or the 24 Hours of Daytona, or Le Mans, Chip’s teams will be battling for the win. It takes a great leader to accomplish the impressive victory resume he has. Chip is a very deserving honoree.”

Joey Hand, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Driver, No. 66 Ford GT – “Ever since I was a kid racing in the lower levels of open-wheel, I would watch Chip Ganassi and his teams and always said ‘I want to drive for him one day’. Luckily for me that dream came true and I’m a Chip Ganassi Racing driver! We all know that Chip likes winners and he has a knack for picking out winners. The thing about Chip is he gives all his people, including his drivers, what they need to win, and many times, the words of wisdom to go out and make it happen. It’s amazing to me how Chip has assembled so many great people across so many different series and attained championships. There is a reason why he is one of the most famous names in racing and I am very proud to be one of his drivers! He absolutely deserves to be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America! 

Mike Hull, Managing Director, Chip Ganassi Racing – “Chip Ganassi has taught us that the mere mortal’s horizontal landscape is driven to a supersonic vertical climb when everyone in the room is reminded to act as one. His demeanor of a daily defined priority helps us climb as one. The amazing thing is that it’s usually accomplished by just one well-placed Chip sentence.”

Tony Kanaan, Verizon IndyCar Series Driver, No. 10 NTT DATA Chevrolet – “You can’t think of Indy car racing without Chip’s name and his organization coming to mind. He has been a pioneer for the whole world of motorsports and he has turned his organization into such a powerhouse across so many different series. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Chip’s team grow into what it is today over the years and it’s nothing short of impressive. It’s really been an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame.”

Charlie Kimball, Verizon IndyCar Series Driver, No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet – “The opportunity to drive for Chip Ganassi has been a dream come true, especially starting in my rookie year of the Verizon IndyCar Series. One of the greatest things about Chip is his competitiveness. He wants to win no matter what and make sure that his teams have the tools to win. The fact that he’s being inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame is a very deserved honor. His accomplishments with winning the Daytona 24 Hours, the Brickyard, and the Indianapolis 500 all in the same year is pretty incredible and then most recently putting a team together to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. You talk about the crown jewels of racing and none of those conversations happen without Chip Ganassi Racing being brought up. 

Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing – “Chip’s racing acumen has been well chronicled throughout his illustrious career but what I think is just as impressive is how innovative of a businessman that he is. Just as he understands what it takes to win on the track he also understands better than most what it takes to win off the track by delivering value to his team’s partners. Based on that it’s no surprise that he has been able to cultivate many long-term mutually beneficial partnerships with them. He is deserving of induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at so many levels.”

Jamie McMurray, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver, No. 1 CESSNA/McDonald’s Chevrolet – “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity in my career to work with such a successful team owner. When you look at Chip’s accomplishments over his career it is just amazing. I have had the chance to win some huge races with Chip and I am extremely proud to not only have him as my boss, but to call him my friend. It is fitting for Chip to be recognized with this honor less than two weeks after adding another iconic victory to his already impressive resume, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans”.

Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – “On behalf of everybody at the Verizon IndyCar Series we’d like to congratulate Chip Ganassi on his induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame. Chip’s success on the track across so many different racing disciplines is a testament to his leadership as a team owner and the quality and talent of his drivers and personnel. We’re deeply grateful for his enormous contributions to INDYCAR over the years and applaud him for this deserving honor.”

Raj Nair, EVP, Product Development and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company – “Celebrating our victory with the Ford GT at Le Mans with Chip is a moment that I’ll never forget. That passion to win is what has driven him to success in every form of motorsport that he’s chosen to participate in. I feel lucky to call Chip a colleague and friend. Congratulations on a well-deserved induction in the Motorsports Hall of Fame and remember to smile!”

Roger Penske, NASCAR and INDYCAR Team Owner – “Congratulations to Chip Ganassi on his induction into the Motorsports Hall of Fame. When you look back at how Chip transitioned from being a driver to a team owner and how he has built his organization into one of the top teams across all levels of motorsports – it certainly is remarkable. From INDYCAR to NASCAR to Sports Car competition, Chip Ganassi Racing has really raised the bar in all of those disciplines and the consistent performance of their teams has been very impressive over the years. We know that drive to succeed starts at the top with Chip. I am proud to call him a friend and a competitor and he is very deserving of this special honor.”

Don Prudhomme, Drag Racing Legend – “When you are a friend of Chip’s, he takes you on the racing journey with him – whether it is the Indy 500, Le Mans or a NASCAR event. Despite all that he is involved in, he is never too busy to answer his phone when you call and when he says ‘let’s go to dinner’ you are in for a great evening.”

Scott Pruett, Sports Car Racing Legend – “I’ve always said, with all the great accomplishments in motorsports it was only a matter of time until Chip was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame. I’m proud to have played a part in some of his motorsports success and I’m so happy for him – a man who has dedicated himself to the sport. Congratulations Chip!!!”

Felix Sabates, Chip Ganassi Racing Co-Owner – “It has been a great partnership for 16 years – a Cuban NASCAR owner and an open wheel young man from Pittsburgh, what were the odds we would still be together and enjoying a great partnership? Besides I will be able to tell my great grandkids that grandpa’s teams won the Daytona 500, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and as a bonus the Brickyard 400, THANKS CHIP.” 

About Chip Ganassi Racing:

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship and two Supercars in Red Bull Global Rallycross. Overall his teams have 18 championships and 175 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400,six Rolex 24 At Daytonas, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

For more information log onto www.chipganassiracing.com

Red Bull GRC Race Recap: MCAS New River

July 5th, 2016

IN BRIEF: Brian Deegan nearly ended a five-year Supercar main event victory drought, only to be passed on the final lap by defending Supercar champion Scott Speed during Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross action at Marine Corps Air Station New River. The victory was Speed’s first of the season for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross. Sunday’s Round 7 was suspended due to severe weather for the safety of drivers and fans.

HEAT RECAPS: Tanner Foust continued his perfect streak of heats and semifinals, winning all three to tie the single-season record with 16 victories in preliminary rounds. In the opposite sessions, Patrik Sandell won in the first round before a major incident in round two; Sebastian Eriksson delivered Honda its first Red Bull GRC heat win in that round, before Steve Arpin took a victory in the semifinal.

MAIN EVENT RECAP: Heavy rain and lightning forced drivers onto their rain compound BFGoodrich Tires before the Supercar final. Foust and Speed set out into the first two spots on lap one, but Brian Deegan began carving his way through the field by heading to the outside of the sloppy and slippery dirt section. He worked his way into second place, inheriting the lead about halfway through the final when Foust pulled off with a mechanical failure.

As other drivers struggled to find traction and visibility on the course, Deegan pressed forward without his turbocharger, limiting his horsepower. Behind him, Speed clawed back to second, having already taken the longer Joker Lap in the race. Deegan finally took the Joker on the last lap, enabling Speed to squeeze by and take the victory.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River, the sixth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

1.     Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

2.     Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

3.     Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

4.     Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST

5.     Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST

6.     Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

7.     Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe

8.     Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

9.     Jeff Ward, #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST

10.  Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

11.  Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River, the sixth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “This is the beautiful thing about rallycross. This is why the sport is so popular and we all believe in this and so far this weekend it worked out for us. At the start I was so surprised to come out of the first corner in second. I went around the track and then saw Deegan come flying around the outside of me—I’m like, what in the world is this? He figured it out before everybody that the grip was out there, and then we had a heck of a race to the finish. I used my Joker and closed the gap and capitalized on the last lap. It was a great race, and I’m so happy that the fans stayed after the thunderstorm. I really appreciate that win because it was one heck of a show.”

Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “First of all, thanks to all of the military that supports us. It gives us the freedom to go race these cars—much respect for that. That’s racing and that’s the way it goes. On the first turn, the Hondas hit the brakes, I ran into the back of them, that tore my boot off and I had no turbo the entire race. It’s kind of like racing with a Fiesta that’s stock! I don’t know how I even stayed where I did. In the end, that’s racing. Congrats to Speed for taking the win, and thanks to Chip Ganassi Racing, all my crew, my spotter, and everyone who supports me. This is by far the biggest, baddest race of the whole year, around the coolest tanks and aircraft. Much respect and thank you!”

Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “On behalf of myself and all the drivers, this is by far the best race for all of us. To be able to be here and race with you guys, and just to give a tiny bit back for everything you do for us, it’s humbling to say the least. So thank you. All these guys at Chip Ganassi Racing worked their butts off until 2:00 in the morning because I blew up the motor. It’s so amazing what goes on behind the scenes and having these guys do what they do. So thank you to all of you guys, all of our sponsors, and Deegan. I thought he was going to have it—I had the best seat in the house at the Joker, but it was close at the end.”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross MCAS New River, the sixth round of the 2016 Red Bull GRC season:

·       Scott Speed earned the eighth victory of his Red Bull GRC career on Saturday at MCAS New River. It was Speed’s first victory of the season, and came at a course where he failed to make the final last year. He also became the first driver in 2016 to win a race in which he also had to advance through the last chance qualifier.

·       Brian Deegan earned his second podium of the 2016 season, and the 13th of his Red Bull GRC career, with his second place finish on Saturday. Deegan and Tanner Foust are the only drivers to earn podium finishes in every Red Bull GRC season.

·       Steve Arpin’s third place finish represented his third podium of the 2016 season and the fifth of his Supercar career.

·       Austin Dyne earned his best finish of the 2016 season so far by placing fifth.

·       Sebastian Eriksson gave Honda its first-ever Red Bull GRC heat victory by winning Heat 2A on Saturday. It was the fifth heat win of Eriksson’s Supercar career.

UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS: Points accurate to completion of Saturday’s Round 6.

1.     Tanner Foust, 295

2.     Steve Arpin, 286

3.     Scott Speed, 279

4.     Brian Deegan, 248

5.     Patrik Sandell, 243

6.     Sebastian Eriksson, 214

7.     Joni Wiman, 193

8.     Jeff Ward, 134

9.     Austin Dyne, 123

10.  Rhys Millen, 96

11.  Bucky Lasek, 11

12.  Sverre Isachsen, 4

13.  Sebastian Saavedra, 3

UNOFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS: Points accurate to completion of Saturday’s Round 6.

1.     Volkswagen, 27

2.     Ford, 24

3.     Honda, 21

Ganassi Squad Hitting Red Bull GRC Stride After Historic Weekend

June 24th, 2016

It’s no secret that Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the most iconic race teams in the world. With numerous victories in the Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, and Daytona 500 on its resume, Chip Ganassi has built a powerhouse race team that currently competes in six racing series worldwide with one of the deepest driver rosters ever assembled.

But last weekend will always hold a special place in CGR history. Not only did the team bring the Ford GT back to Le Mans and take a class victory on the 50th anniversary of Ford’s first victory in the event, Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan added a 1-2 finish to give the team its first Red Bull Global Rallycross victory at Daytona International Speedway.

“There were certainly a lot of smiles and high fives between CGR and Ford all weekend!” said CGR general manager Steve Lauletta. “It was certainly big to bring Ford back with the GT to win at Le Mans, which was our goal, but certainly a big undertaking with a brand new car and the fact that our team had never been there before. And then, to add to that, at 2 in the morning local time, we learned that we finished 1-2 in Daytona at the GRC race.”

“I would love to say that we’ve started the trend, but they started about 12 hours before us!” joked Arpin, whose victory was also the first of his Red Bull GRC career. “It’s honestly so incredible. This is a piece of history that was made in motorsports with the Ford GT coming back to Le Mans 50 years later. Just to be a tiny, small piece of that is literally the most remarkable feeling in the world.”

“It’s cool to win that race there in Le Mans,” Deegan added. “It’s a 24 hour race, and it kind of shows the strongest car and the best, smartest teams win. That’s what happened. For us (in Daytona), we were able to go 1 and 2 on the podium. That’s been a pretty good weekend for Ganassi, I would say.”

2015 was a year of both expansion and adjustment for CGR. Joining Red Bull GRC with Arpin and Deegan made rallycross the fourth different racing discipline for the team, while its sports car efforts shifted to developing the Ford GT. It was a time of great excitement in the CGR camp, with both its Indianapolis (IndyCar, sports car) and Charlotte (NASCAR, Red Bull GRC) shops buzzing with energy.

“Everybody’s focused on their individual series and doing what we need to be a race-winning and championship-caliber organization in each,” Lauletta explained. “But we’re also working together and trying to share as much information as possible. So while it’s difficult, the culture of our team allows us to succeed at all those different levels and do it pretty quickly.”

For Arpin, the win in Daytona was the culmination of nearly four years of effort. Joining Red Bull GRC in 2013, he took his first podium as a sophomore two years ago before helping establish CGR last year. Despite taking eight top-five finishes in 2015, as many as defending Supercar champion Scott Speed, Arpin was still looking for a victory until last weekend.

Fortunately, while running in a comfortable fourth, all hell broke loose ahead of him. Leader Tanner Foust hit a rough patch on the track, disabling his car right in front of second-place Patrik Sandell and forcing contact. That allowed third place driver Scott Speed to inherit the lead, but his second fire of the weekend took him from the top spot. Arpin got past the melee and held on for a popular victory in both the paddock and the grandstands.

“Racing for such an iconic team owner, coming to the most iconic motorsports track in the world (in Daytona) and being able to add to his trophy collection right here is just an unbelievable weekend,” Arpin said. “Every time we are on the racetrack we get a little bit better. I think the biggest thing right now is getting really focused on these starts and getting a good launch. You have to be super aggressive on this first corner to give yourself some track position to be in a position to race.”

“(Steve) is very involved—he’s at the shop every day, he’s working on the cars and working on himself from a driving standpoint and a physical standpoint,” added Lauletta. “He knew that we got better at every race last year, so I think everybody, under the direction of (team manager) Carl (Goodman), felt going into the season that we were going to be that much closer to being able to get wins and fight for the championship.”

As for Deegan, his first full season with CGR has been one of continued progress. Despite having to race his way through the first three last chance qualifiers of the season, the action sports legend pulled off a third place in the season opener in Phoenix before adding his runner-up finish in Daytona. Those finishes, as well as Deegan’s commitment away from the track, have Lauletta excited about his chances at giving the team another win.

“I think he’s really close!” Lauletta affirmed. “He’s definitely all in, and that’s a great thing. He’s been there, just like Steve, working with the team, working on himself and his driving, and doing everything he needs to run up front and contend for wins. I think he sees the progress in himself as well. The focus of being there week in and week out, race in and race out, is only going to help him continue to be up front and get a win.”

“It’s been a while (since I’ve won), so I’m going to go out there and try to do the best that I can,” Deegan admitted. “It was a good weekend here in Daytona. I want to get out there and battle with Tanner (Foust). I know he’s been kind of the guy to beat, so I want to see if I can hang in there, put some pressure on him and see if we can try to win a race.”

Of course, the work is never done at CGR; this weekend, its IndyCar and sports car teams are back in action at Road America and Watkins Glen. Next up for the Red Bull GRC squad is a return to Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina, and between its close proximity to the race shop and the momentum from last weekend, hopes are high for another victory.

“Not only is it exciting on the Fourth of July weekend to be racing on a military base, our team is right in Charlotte, so it’s as close to a home race as we get,” Lauletta noted. “We’ll have some folks that want to go and watch, which is always fun. We just want to keep the momentum moving forward.

“Winning the next race at MCAS New River, where we come from Daytona having the finish that we did there in the first race—that’s something that we want to continue to replicate. Everybody’s back, fixing the cars and getting ready, and we’ll be ready next weekend.”

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Steve Arpin Takes Historic Maiden Win At Daytona

June 19th, 2016

Chip Ganassi Racing became the first team in the history of Daytona International Speedway to win NASCAR,sports car, and rallycross races at the iconic Florida facility by claiming a one-two finish in the first event of theRed Bull Global Rallycross double header at the track as the championship leaders hit trouble.

Reigning champion Scott Speed, who missed qualifying due to a fire earlier on in the weekend, led early on before being passed by Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team mate Tanner Foust, who had won a rain delayed semi final B.

Speed would reclaim the top spot later in the final as Foust spun, taking out Patrik Sandell, the only other driver to win a race in 2016.

Speed’s win was far from secure though as for the second time in as many days, the former-Formula One driver’sBeetle again became engulfed in flames.

That allowed Steve Arpin to follow up his semi final A win to take his first ever Red Bull GRC victory. Team mateBrian Deegan followed him home with the Olsbergs Honda duo of Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman finishing third and fourth.

Jeff Ward, returning to the scene of his Red Bull GRC début a year ago, completed the top five, ahead of 2014 Daytona winner Rhys Millen.

Speed was classified seventh, ahead of Sandell, Foust, and Austin Dyne. Sebastian Saavedra was the only driver who failed to make it to the final.

In GRC Lites, defending champion Oliver Eriksson took his second consecutive win ahead of Tanner Whitten andColin Braun who took CORE Autosport‘s first ever Red Bull GRC podium finish in their very first event.

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Steve Arpin, Chip Ganassi Racing earn first Red Bull GRC victory

June 19th, 2016

Arpin took the first Supercar victory for both himself and the team, adding to Ganassi’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and Daytona 500 victories.

Steve Arpin added to Chip Ganassi Racing’s extensive Daytona International Speedway trophy count with a win in today’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar final. Arpin took the first Supercar victory for both himself and the team, adding to Ganassi’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and Daytona 500 victories. Teammate Brian Deegan finished second, while 2015 Daytona winner Sebastian Eriksson placed third.

“You have to be super aggressive on this first corner to give yourself some track position to be in a position to race,” Arpin said. “One of the things that I’ve learned here are there are some areas of the track where you just have to attack it like a dirt track, to almost where you are being overaggressive. Then, there are other areas where you have to be super disciplined, just back everything up and stay calm through there. It’s just finding that happy medium in those areas around different parts of the racetrack.”

Persistent lightning delayed the proceedings until the early evening, with Arpin winning the first semifinal in dry conditions and Tanner Foust winning the second in wet conditions roughly four hours later to earn lane choice for the main event alongside Arpin and Joni Wiman. The showers through the afternoon made for a slippery track, with drivers struggling to find grip on the .742-mile course.

A chaotic final saw Speed take the lead initially, before Foust used the Joker Lap to reclaim the lead early on. After Foust spun from first place, collecting second-place Patrik Sandell, Speed reclaimed the lead, but after driving with the car on fire for a lap and a half, he finally had to pull off after taking the white flag. From there,

Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (I) unofficial results are as follows:

1. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
2. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
3. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
4. Joni Wiman, #31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe
5. Jeff Ward, #07 SH Rallycross/DRR Ford Fiesta ST
6. Rhys Millen, #67 Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
7. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
8. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
9. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
10. Austin Dyne, #14 AD Racing Ford Fiesta ST

Red Bull GRC action from Daytona continues on Sunday with the second leg of this weekend’s doubleheader. The action can be seen live tomorrow at 2:30PM ET on NBC and at 3:30PM ET on Red Bull TV.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar: Arpin notches another Daytona win for Ganassi’s team

June 18th, 2016

By Godwin Kelly
The Daytona Beach News-Journal

DAYTONA BEACH — Steve Arpin added another link to car owner Chip Ganassi’s golden Daytona chain by winning the Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar final in wet conditions at Daytona International Speedway Saturday evening.

Ganassi, who has captured the Daytona 500 once and Rolex 24 At Daytona several times, was in France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but congratulated Arpin over Twitter by simply saying, “My man!”

Brian Deegan, Arpin’s teammate at Ganassi Racing, made it a clean sweep for the boss by claiming second-place honors. Both drive Fords.

Sebastian Eriksson rounded out the podium in his No. 93 Honda.

The Global Rallycross has another complete round of action scheduled Sunday. The gates open at 6 a.m. and racing action starts at 7:15 a.m. with Lites practice. Sunday’s Supercar final goes off at 3:30 p.m.

Arpin was full of electricity after scoring the win for the Ganassi camp.

“If I could take a step back 10 years and ask myself, ‘Where would you like to win in the highest level of professional motorsports?’ It would be Daytona. Just to race here is an accomplishment.

“To couple the iconic Speedway with an iconic car owner, who has all those wins here; for me to add to that legacy is breathtaking. There’s no better way to get my first series victory.”

Arpin got that win thanks in part to some wild action in the last two laps.

Race leader Tanner Foust, driving the No. 34 Volkswagen, spun in the dirt after going over the jump on the penultimate lap.

Second-place driver Patrik Sandell then whacked Foust with his No. 18 Ford.

On top of that, Scott Speed’s No. 41 VW, which was running third, caught fire under the hood near the right-front tire. He had to bail out of the car on the last lap.

“Every time I’m really fast, something crazy happens,” Arpin said. “On the first lap, I felt like a ping-pong ball and it took me a few laps to gather myself up.

“At one point (in the 10-lap final), I was sixth, and started picking cars off, and I think karma kicked in for me. We were living right today.”

Deegan, who drives Ganassi’s No. 38 machine, worked his way through the carnage for second-place honors. Deegan raced Supercross at Daytona in the 1990s.

“In Rallycar, you take what you can get,” Deegan said. “You battle. Cars break. Cars crash. The rain was the great equalizer. The mud caused the guys up front to make some mistakes.

“We were able to capitalize and go one-two for Ganassi Racing. That was awesome. That’s a fairytale-like ending.”

Sweden’s Oliver Eriksson captured the GRC Lites final followed by Tanner Whitten and Colin Braun, who has Daytona’s track record for fastest lap ever around Daytona’s 2.5-mile tri-oval in a prototype a few years ago.

“Being here, this is just such an iconic place, is wonderful,” Eriksson said. “Being on the top step of the podium is just amazing to me.”

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Steve Arpin: The Man

June 10th, 2016

Canadian roots with a born and bred passion for racing, Steve loves to race fast and play hard in his downtime.

Birthdate: December 16, 1983

Hometown: Fort Frances, Ontario

Currently lives in: Huntersville, N.C.

Favorite food: My wife makes this incredible dish with quinoa and spinach stuffed chicken.

Least favorite food: Oysters

Favorite “downtime” activities: Hanging out with my wife, riding bikes, going to gym, being outdoors and staying active.

Favorite movies: Anything with Will Ferrell.

Favorite TV show: We got hooked on “The Royals.” It’s the only one I watch on a regular basis.

First pets: Siamese-looking cat named Misty (ran away) and a golden retriever named Bailey.

Current pets: None at the moment. We’d love to get a dog, but we travel too much.

First car he owned: In high school, I had a dark blue 1992 regular cab stick shift Chevy 210. It didn’t have a tilt steering wheel or delayed wipers. I put two big subwoofers behind the seat and it would rattle the truck. In fact, it rattled the mirror right off the windshield.

Best memory from childhood: The year I walked down on Christmas morning, and my first factory-built go-cart was under the tree. It was amazing.

Favorite thing about being a racecar driver: The constant adventure. Every day is different. There are so many different aspects (business, mechanical, etc.), but you have different places to focus every day. It’s stressful, but it’s so rewarding. And no matter what you go through on a day-to-day basis, you still get to drive a racecar. Which is awesome.

Favorite family vacation as a kid: When my dad took me on race trips. I always would go to Florida in February; it was my second Christmas.

Song he loves to sing: The first song that I learned the words to was “Austin” by Blake Shelton. It was way back when I would be on the road with my buddies, and it was on the radio all the time.

Steve Arpin: The Athlete

June 10th, 2016

Getting His Start in Canada

A native of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, and son of an entrepreneur and dirt racer, Steve Arpin started winning races in go-karts at the age of 10. Steve’s high school days were different than most; while his friends were going to class and doing homework, the young Canadian was out winning regional and national snowmobile championships. By the time Steve turned 18, he was a seven-time world snowmobile champion.

When not racing on snow, Steve became a force on four wheels, securing the Wissota Auto Racing Series and Emo Speedway Modified Track Championship at 15. He was able to defend his title, winning every heat and feature event held at the Canadian speedway for the next three years.

Launching His American Racing Career

Steve soon broke into the American spotlight by becoming the youngest driver on record to capture the prestigious Wissota 100. In the beginning of 2007, he had near-perfect record, winning the UMP Dirt Car Winter Nationals championship and the North Florida National Championship. Steve conquered North Dakota during the IMCA Dakota Classic Modified Tour, winning every heat and every feature for five straight nights. He racked up an impressive 18 feature wins and 42 top-five finishes, under six sanctioning bodies, while racing at 38 different tracks in 22 different states and Canada throughout the ’07 season.

In 2008, Steve got the opportunity to pilot Carl Edwards’ USAC Silver Crown Car, capturing Rookie of the Year honors.

The following year, he competed in the ARCA Racing Series, taking home seventh-place in the championship point standings. Steve also earned the 2009 Most Popular Driver award.

In 2010, he captured three ARCA victories at Salem Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with Venturini Motorsports. Steve ended the year with seven top-five and ten top-10 finishes as the fans voted him the Most Popular Driver for the second consecutive year.

His NASCAR Debut

That same year, Steve made his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut at Talladega Superspeedway, where he qualified fourth and finished 26th. He made six more NNS starts, with his best finish of 10th coming at Daytona International Speedway.

In 2011, he made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Turner Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado.

Onward to the Exciting World of Global Rallycross

In 2013, the former NASCAR driver took on a new challenge, competing full-time in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC). Steve raced in 2013 and 2014 for newly formed OMSE2, a satellite team to GRC powerhouse team OlsbergsMSE.

In 2015, Steve was signed by Chip Ganassi Racing for the GRC. He drove Loenbro Motorsports’
 No. 00 Eneos Ford Fiesta in the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross series and will continue to race this great car in the 2016 season.

Steve Arpin: The Coach

June 10th, 2016

Steve takes his experience on and off the track to train drivers to become a better driver. Coaching takes place in several areas, including:

On-Track Coaching

Whether Steve serves merely as a driver coach or also the spotter, he’s constantly analyzing driver performance and offering advice in the ear of the driver during testing, practice, and the race. Before the race, he works with the driver with film study to prepare him to the maximum level before entering the track facility. After each race, they review with post-race meeting breakdowns.

Media Training

“On and off track, Steve’s vivacious personality stands out above the crowd making him one of the most sought after interviews in the garage.”

– Wendy Venturini (TV Personality, FOX Sports)

With experience at all levels of racing, from dirt modified to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Steve knows the ins and outs of becoming a premier interviewee. While conducting an interview comes naturally to Steve, he’s also been through extensive media training himself. Steve passes this information along to his driver to ensure he’s prepared for media opportunities. This includes learning more about effective communication, the importance of sponsorship recognition in all walks of life, strong-positive body language and learning how to speak with confidence and take control of an interview.

Core Fitness

Still an active racecar driver, Steve is currently part of a fitness training program. He believes that hard work and training is a huge part of preparing for each race. Steve encourages his drivers to participate with him in fitness and diet regimens.

ENEOS Launches New Campaign Featuring Steve Arpin and Kyle Larson

October 13th, 2015

This week, ENEOS launched a new campaign featuring the slogan, “No Limits. No Compromises. Pure Performance.”

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The campaign features ENEOS partners Kyle Larson (No. 42, NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Steve Arpin (No. 00, Global Rallycross) and highlights the careers, focus and motivation of the drivers, and what it takes to compete at a high level in motorsports.

“The ENEOS philosophy is high performance. Our partnership with Kyle Larson and Steve Arpin embody our company philosophy,” said Motoshi Sunami, President and CEO of JX Nippon Oil & Energy, parent company of ENEOS. “Both drivers’ dedication and ability must work in tandem with their technology. The same is true with ENEOS products: we use our best talent and technology of our in-house research and development in order to achieve the highest standards of performance for our customer’s technology.”

ENEOS is manufactured specifically for Asian OEM standards, although its low viscosity, all-synthetic and high quality composition make ENEOS a top choice for most vehicles, particularly those with performance in mind. This campaign will target those automotive enthusiasts using the voice of the drivers ENEOS supports.

Each spot features the story of the driver, intermixed with photos and video of the drivers with their vehicles and teams, as well as racing highlights. The drivers narrate the video, which culminates with the ENEOS slogan “No Limits. No Compromises. Pure Performance.”; a description of the primary ENEOS product lines along with a shot of two product bottles; and of course, the classic orange and red swirls of the ENEOS logo.

The media spots can be found here:

Kyle Larson :90 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPHGE5JAAqQ
Kyle Larson :15 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQlKi9eSsGY

Steve Arpin :90 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9pWWI3VNdg
Steve Arpin :15 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY6HNYMvVk0

Ad campaigns will be shown to millions of high performance automotive enthusiasts, and owners of vehicles which are an ideal fit for the product profile. Ads will run on Facebook, YouTube, and a mix of automotive-themed websites. The video and ad campaign have been designed and planned by Schiefer Media, an Orange County, CA based agency well known for work within the automotive industry.

About Schiefer Media
Celebrating it’s 30th year, Schiefer is a full-service media agency with a focus on enthusiast brands. Agency services include 360° media buying, branded entertainment, social media management, creative and marketing strategy/consulting.  http://www.schiefermedia.com

About Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson, a native of Elk Grove, Calif., has raced in a myriad of cars since beginning his career in 1999 at the age of seven. He has raced in cars ranging from Outlaw Sprint Karts, winged and non-winged sprint cars, trucks, sports cars and stock cars. Despite his young age, Larson has built an extensive and impressive racing resume, with more than 200 race victories over the series in which he has raced.

Larson currently drives the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). He also races a partial schedule in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) for HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi in the No. 42 ENEOS Chevrolet Camaro, highlighted by his win with ENEOS on the car at Charlotte in 2014. Larson is only the sixth driver to win both the NXS and NSCS rookie honors, which he did in back-to-back years.  More about Kyle Larson

About Steve Arpin
A native of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, Steve Arpin attended his first race at just two months old and was born with a love for anything with an engine. He began his motorsports career racing go-karts and snowmobiles. In 2008, Arpin’s journey into NASCAR began when he was discovered by Carl Edwards. Arpin was chosen to drive Edwards’ USAC Silver crown car for four races, earning Rookie of the Year honors. After multiple successes in NASCAR, this versatile driver recently found his home in GRC last season and has had multiple top finishes this year. Arpin drives for Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing. More about Steve Arpin

The Brand: ENEOS
ENEOS is the brand name for premium synthetic oil products manufactured and sold by JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp., the largest oil company in Japan. ENEOS products are the highest quality automotive lubricants available in the marketplace today. These products are on the cutting edge of base oil and additive technologies, the result of joint engineering and research with all of the Japanese automotive manufacturers. ENEOS lubricants provide exceptional performance, power and protection for a wide variety of applications including race cars, motorcycles and street automobiles. View more about ENEOS and JX Nippon Oil & Energy.

About ENEOS Products
Products made by ENEOS include premium synthetic motor oils, transmission fluids, and gear oil. View more about ENEOS Products.

Our products are available throughout North America. View Where to Buy our products to find a retail location near you.

About ENEOS Racing
Beginning in 2000, ENEOS began formulating, supplying and sponsoring Honda’s Formula 1 racing team. In addition to its products being used in numerous racing series, ENEOS currently sponsors racing teams in series across the globe. Sponsored teams include: Rookie of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014) Kyle Larson and HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi in the NASCAR XFINITY Series; lifelong award-winning racer Steve Arpin and Loenbro Chip Ganassi Racing in Redbull Global Rallycross; Shane Stewart of Larson Marks Racing in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series; Lexus Team LeMans ENEOS in Super GT; the Yamaha Factory Racing team in Moto GP; and Akinori Ogata in NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East & NASCAR Camping World Track Series. View more information about ENEOS Racing.

About ENEOS and Baseball
ENEOS Motor Oil is a proud partner of the Boston Red Sox. The sponsorship began with 2015 season spring training, and will include the classic orange swirls of the ENEOS logo on the video boards of historic Fenway Park. JX Nippon Oil & Energy, parent company to ENEOS, has a long tradition of supporting baseball in Japan, including their team JX-ENEOS, which recently achieved its 11th winning season. Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa previously played on the JX-ENEOS team. JX Nippon Oil & Energy also sponsored the Women’s Baseball World Cup as the title sponsor, and consistently support Japanese women’s and disabled players’ baseball leagues. View more information about ENEOS Red Sox Partnership.

About JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation
JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation is a fully integrated petroleum products company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. JX offers petroleum products and services throughout the world. Through partnerships with world class customers, JX produces technologically advanced motor oils and transmission fluids that reduce carbon emissions, improve fuel economy and reduce wear on critical components. For more information please visit http://www.noe.jx-group.co.jp/english/.

Follow ENEOS USA:
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Read more: http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/15/10/p5885037/eneos-launches-new-campaign-featuring-kyle-larson-and-steve-arpin#ixzz3oPffda6J

Steve Arpin leading way for Ganassi in Red Bull Global Rallycross

September 17th, 2015

By: Brittany Frederick  AXS Contributor
Red Bull GRC/YouTube

When motorsports powerhouse Chip Ganassi Racing moved into Red Bull Global Rallycross, they were very smart about who they picked to represent them. Ganassi didn’t just go for the hot hand; they signed up veterans Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin, who know the GRC world and know how to succeed in it. AXS sat down with Arpin prior to the GRC Los Angeles finale to discuss Ganassi’s opening season and how he’s firing on all cylinders in 2015.

2015 is Arpin’s third year in GRC, and he’s a driver who’s always been better than his line indicates. He claimed his first Supercars podium last year in Barbados – where the series just so happens to be heading next – and it was only mechanical problems that kept him out of the points race. But now that he’s got Ganassi behind him and a brand-new Ford Fiesta ST underneath him, things in Arpin’s world have changed dramatically for the better.

“It was a really big transition coming into this program for me this year,” he explained. “It is my third season but the last couple years have been with the older cars, something that was just outdated, that we had a lot of mechanical problems with…Coming into this year with these cars that are capable of so much more, I honestly didn’t know where my expectations were supposed to lie. With a team like Loenbro Motorsports and Ganassi Racing, it’s absolutely incredible how fast they adapt to things.”

Naturally, joining a new team takes a period of growth. “We have gone through some growing pains this year, absolutely, but it’s a matter of learning,” Arpin continued. “It’s getting to the point where my expectations are nothing but winning.”

Those expectations are certainly justified. With the Fiesta, Arpin is now top of the totem pole ride-wise, driving the same vehicle that’s the choice of Rallycross legend Ken Block and many of his colleagues. He’s also proven that he can then execute with that technology – he scored back to back top five finishes in the Los Angeles doubleheader, and fourth place in the prior Washington, D.C. round. He’s getting hot at the right time, as he’s headed to a place where he knows he can win.

Winning is something that Ganassi knows an awful lot about. They’re the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series championship team and the class of that sport, and have also contended in the hugely competitive world of NASCAR. The amount of experience and resources they bring to the table is tremendous, and Arpin has taken advantage of the fact that the GRC team is based out of Ganassi’s NASCAR shop in Concord.

“Kyle Larson is at the shop all the time, Jamie McMurray, and even Rico Abreu, their development driver,” he explained. “We’re all back and forth talking about things, talking about little things that I struggle with. I talk a lot with the NASCAR crew chiefs and the engineers over there just about little things we’re struggling with.

“That’s the best part about this. We do have so many different disciplines that we have so much knowledge to draw from,” he continued. “We had [Scott Dixon’s strategist] Mike Hull with us in Daytona, from the IndyCar team, and he’s a wealth of knowledge. You can’t buy the kind of knowledge that that man has, and having him there to draw from is just an incredible benefit for us.”

So you have the knowledge and you have the resources – all you need is the driver. Arpin couldn’t be a better fit for the Ganassi organization, not only in terms of his statistical line but in the intangibles which he brings to the table. He’s a driver that has two seasons of experience, but also a lot of untapped potential. He comes with a wide variety of racing knowledge; before GRC, he’s driven (and won) in NASCAR. He’s even been a spotter, so he knows what it’s like from outside of the car.

There are a lot of people who can drive, but what sets the best drivers apart – and what sets apart the drivers of Chip Ganassi Racing – is the type of people that they are. Arpin’s a fast driver and a smart driver, but he’s also a classy driver. He’s the guy that you’d want to see doing donuts but also wouldn’t mind having doughnuts with. In fact, asked where he wants to improve by the end of 2015, he’ll tell you that he was too nice.

“For the last couple of years, my only chance was survival. We weren’t in a car that was capable of winning and being up front, so my only chance was staying out of trouble and just being cautious and finishing races. Well, what that did is it took my aggression level way down and almost made me too nice,” he laughed. “So I’m having to work on getting a lot more aggressive on those starts and getting a lot more aggressive on those first couple laps to really capitalize on getting track position. In these things, everyone is so close and competition level is so high that if you lose time, you can’t make it back, because people are so good.”

If he hasn’t been including himself in those people, he soon will be. Steve Arpin probably wasn’t one of the first names to come to mind in discussing Red Bull Global Rallycross. But he was always a driver who was worth watching on track and worth rooting for off of it. He just needed something to take him to that next level. That something wound up being a partnership with one of the biggest names in the entire racing world. Now, getting in on the ground floor of the Ganassi GRC team, he’s finally getting his shot. It’s a case of right place, right time, and right driver.

“Driving for Chip Ganassi has been a dream since back in the NASCAR days,” Arpin reflected. “Just the amount of motorsports that he is in, the amount of different series he is in, the success he has had all across the board…It’s just a thrill to be involved in such an incredible team and [with] such incredible owners and such a thriving sport.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross Race Recap- LA

September 16th, 2015

Red Bull Global Rallycross’ return to the Port of Los Angeles may have seen a new course, but both days of racing action ended with the same winner. Scott Speed swept both Los Angeles races to take a sizable chunk out of Ken Block’s Supercar points lead heading into next month’s tilt in Barbados.

SATURDAY RECAP: For the first time in over a year, a Red Bull GRC final began without Ken Block on the grid, as three separate incidents combined to derail Block’s Saturday program. Instead, it was Scott Speed and Patrik Sandell who earned the two semifinal victories up for grabs, with Speed’s Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross teammate (and top qualifier) Tanner Foust joining them up front.
Those three drivers would comprise the podium, though it was Foust who would run second to Speed with Sandell in third. The 1-2 finish was Volkswagen’s first in Red Bull GRC competition, and marked Speed’s first points-paying Supercar win since his victory in Los Angeles nearly a year previously. Behind them, Sverre Isachsen delivered Subaru Rally Team USA a season-best fourth place result, while Steve Arpin completed the top five.

SUNDAY RECAP: Once again, Speed was the class of the field, this time topping the qualifying charts before winning his heat and semifinal. He would again jump out to the lead, while Block’s bid for a redeeming podium came up short when a propeller shaft broke early in the final and dropped him to ninth overall.

Instead, it was Brian Deegan—winner of two heats in Saturday’s action—who would follow Speed home, with Foust making his way onto the podium once more in third. Despite a valiant effort, Sandell settled for fourth, while Arpin ensured that both Chip Ganassi Racing drivers would make it into the top five.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles (I) presented by Subaru Tecnica International, the eighth round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:

1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

2. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

3. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST

4. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI

5. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles (II) presented by Subaru Tecnica International, the ninth round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:

1. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

2. Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

3. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle

4. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST

5. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles (II) presented by Subaru Tecnica International, the ninth round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season: Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “It’s been great! Obviously the beginning of the year didn’t go quite as planned, but with a new program like this you’re going to have little hiccups. Our cars are dialed and sorted, they’re fast, and they’re durable. I see us as a major threat for the championship, and it’s certainly moving forward, so I couldn’t be happier. I feel so lucky to be able to drive this thing—I’ve got a great teammate, a great team, and I can’t say enough about Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.” Brian Deegan, #38 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST: “It feels good! It’s been kind of baby steps here. I come in and out of the series with a lot of other forms of racing, so when we come in we’ve got a lot of ground to make up. These guys are all fast, their cars are so dialed, so you can’t make one mistake. Ganassi really stepped up this year with a new rally program, and we’re definitely a threat the first time out, which means a lot. I know the guys work really hard, I appreciate that, and it showed. The bottom line is, we just went out there and tried to be smooth.”

Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “It was a pretty brutal final—I think I was in sixth place coming around the fifth corner, which was right before the jump, and it was just mayhem. So I feel pretty fortunate to get back up to third. The Beetles were flying all weekend. Scott got out clean and got a clean sweep, both cars have been killing it, so we’re stoked. I don’t know what it’s done to the championship but it’s made it interesting once again.”

FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Saturday and Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Los Angeles presented by Subaru Tecnica International, the eighth and ninth rounds of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:

  • Scott Speed earned the sixth and seventh victories of his Red Bull GRC career by virtue of sweeping the weekend’s doubleheader. Speed is the first driver in Red Bull GRC history to win two rallycross race events in a doubleheader event. He is also now the winningest driver in Supercar history, surpassing Ken Block.
  • Tanner Foust earned his second and third podium finishes of the 2015 season by placing second on Saturday and third on Sunday. Foust has placed in the top five in six of his nine starts in 2015
  • Brian Deegan earned his first Red Bull GRC podium finish since September 2014 by virtue of finishing second on Sunday. Deegan’s podium is the second for Chip Ganassi Racing since joining Red Bull GRC at the start of the season.
  • Patrik Sandell’s third place finish on Saturday was his fourth podium in a five race span. Sandell has only finished worse than fourth once since MCAS New River in July.
  • Subaru Rally Team USA placed three cars in a main event on Saturday for the first time since Los Angeles (II) in September 2014. Sverre Isachsen’s fourth place finish on Saturday was the team’s best finish since introducing the new WRX STI platform.
  • Since missing the Detroit (II) final, Steve Arpin has earned three consecutive top five finishes. Sunday’s result ensured that Chip Ganassi Racing placed both cars in the top five for the first time since Daytona (II).
  • Ken Block missed his first main event since X Games Austin in June 2014 in Saturday’s final. Block has only missed two other main events in his career: X Games Los Angeles in July 2011 and Charlotte in May 2012.

OFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:
1. Ken Block, 328
2. Scott Speed, 315
3. Sebastian Eriksson, 292
4. Patrik Sandell, 290
5. Nelson Piquet Jr., 274
6. Tanner Foust, 265
7. Steve Arpin, 264
8. Joni Wiman, 239
9. Austin Dyne, 222
10. Brian Deegan, 154
11. Sverre Isachsen, 108
12. Bucky Lasek, 71
13. Victor Gonzalez, ineligible for points
14. Jeff Ward, ineligible for points
15. Logan Gomez, ineligible for points
16. Pat Moro, ineligible for points
17. Travis Pastrana, ineligible for points
18. David Higgins, ineligible for points
19. Brian Wong, ineligible for points
OFFICIAL MANUFACTURER POINTS:
1. Ford, 42
2. Volkswagen, 38
3. Subaru, 25

2015 MID-SEASON REVIEW: STEVE ARPIN

September 7th, 2015

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STATS: 7th in Supercar points (161); 6 starts, 1 podium, 3 heat wins

POSITIVES: Arpin stepped into the most formidable championship situation of his career when he joined Chip Ganassi Racing for this season, and wasted no time making the most of it. In his first start for the team in Fort Lauderdale, Arpin won his second-round heat and semifinal to grab a front row starting spot for the final, and just one weekend later gave CGR its first X Games medal with a second place run in Austin.

Another podium finish followed in Daytona II, where a last-lap battle with teammate Jeff Ward was resolved in Arpin’s favor due to a rough driving call. All told, Arpin has two podiums and four top-fives in seven starts this year, including the invitational X Games Austin event.

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NEGATIVES: A false start call in Fort Lauderdale ended Arpin’s hopes of delivering a podium in his first race with Ganassi, limiting him to a seventh place finish. But perhaps more disappointing was the previous race weekend in Detroit, where Arpin and the #00 team’s luck just ran out.

While Brian Deegan led the other Ganassi squad to a pair of top-five finishes, Arpin struggled, failing to finish better than fourth in any of his heat or semifinal appearances. The weekend ended with a failure to get going in the Detroit II last chance qualifier, leaving him a disappointing 11th in the race’s final rankings.

OUTLOOK: It’s go time for Arpin as he looks to make up for Detroit’s disappointment. The good news is that he was one of the best drivers in Washington DC last year, taking his first career semifinal victory, and he finished second in Barbados, which hosts 2015’s final doubleheader, last year. With the best equipment of his career and recent history on his SC_7_ArpinF2-665x354side, Arpin is poised to make some big moves in the fall.

RS Nation-GRC ride along with Steve Arpin!

September 2nd, 2015

Yes in another exclusive, courtesy of Ford Performance …RS Nation got to ride along with Steve Arpin in the Chip Ganassi / M-Sport GRC Ford Fiesta ST Supercar.

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We were invited a week ago by Ford Performance to attend the Red Bull Global Rallycross in Washington D.C. for a ride along with Steve Arpin, driver of the “00” Eoneos, Loenbro, Chip Ganassi Racing , M-Sport built GRC Ford Fiesta.

Leaving NY in the wee hours of the morning we arrived in DC by 7:30am, and were greeted by Jordan, a representative of Ford Performance.

The sun was already baking the tarmac at the RFK Stadium, so it was certainly going to be a hot day, off & on the track!

We were originally scheduled to be 5th in line, and had already signed the waiver to the Red Bull GRC powers that be, while perusing the cars lined up for the ride along, we are called, and as destiny and the guy upstairs have a sense of humor, we were moved to be 1st on track …time to go suit up.

Now in an FIA approved sparco race suit and helmet, adorned with the blue oval name and ford performance, I now look even more the part. (big smile!)

Having attended many rally / rallycross events to photograph around the world over the years, I have only sat once before in a rally car…and back then they never came with 600 horsepower or a similar amount of torque! The last time that kind of power was around was when Group B was in World Rallying, and that was back in the 80’s …1980’s …I’m not that old (laughs)

Getting into a rally car is not too easy, …being a gymnast or yoga expert would of made it easier …alas I’m neither, so the body had to relearn a few new angles!

If you have never been to a GRC event, the driver also has an assistant, what did you say?…yes, he helps the driver especially with the harness (seatbelt). Its not the regular grab and click type in your family car, its a 4 or 5 point harness.

Once into the passenger seat, which is very narrow and tight, I’m thinking now afterwards my childbearing hips have being modified! (joke)

Ok, so we are both securely strapped in. Steve is ready and he presses the start button …brmm brmmm (technical term for engine sound upon firing up) …we move to the start line …the track marshal in front of us sees that we are lined up and in position ready to go. Steve is now explaining the launch control and ALS (Anti Lag System), and through my helmet with the sound of the car idling (to be honest it is kind of tough to hear), he explains the ALS and its 4 different settings and the rpm’s. He proceeds to explain the handbrake, which if used, disconnects the differential from the drive shaft and helps rotate the car around tight hairpin corners.

Steve is telling me now that he is talking to his spotter and we are now ready to go!

The cacophony of sound, my adrenaline now feverish, then BANG! In a fraction of a second we are gone! “launch control we have lift off” (my best NASA voice).
The velocity that the GRC Ford Fiesta rockets off the line pins you well in the seat. In a blink of a eye and in seconds that only the worlds best timing gear understands, we have literally gone from the start line and thru turns1,2 & 3, and we are now hand braking thru the hairpin and heading down the back straightaway. The astounding level of grip from the Yokohama tires and the veracity of the Ford’s AWD system is truly amazing!

After the straightaway, we are now braking and left turning into the shortest gravel/dirt section in the GRC calendar, heading to the jump! From inside the car it looks steep, and we ease off a little to take it, and land nicely. This is not your average car suspension either. The suspension system in these cars can cost as much as your basic family sedan.

That was it for the gravel/dirt. We now have 2 double apexes, and then back through turns 1 & 2 to cross the finish line for our second lap. Time it took for 1 lap, under a minute!

I’m watching Steve ply his driving skills to this GRC Ford Fiesta as we literally low level fly around the track. It is truly a sight to behold in person. How they do all this and watch out for the other cars, while vying for positions when the real racing & rubbing happens, is a testament to the prowess and professionalism of the drivers of these present day supercars.

After we finish the second lap, we return to the paddock and the assistant returns to help me with the harness. I then get to reverse gymnast maneuver my way out!

My brain and senses are still trying to analyze and absorb everything that just happened. This was the quickest less than 2 minutes of my life!
It was a phenomenal experience that will never be forgotten.

Our many thanks to Ford Performance for the opportunity, and to Steve Arpin / Chip Ganassi Racing.

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Steve finished 4th in the Final of the Red Bull GRC event in Washington D.C.

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FIVE DRIVERS WITHIN 14-POINT SPAN HIGHLIGHT CLOSE SUPERCAR STANDINGS

August 28th, 2015

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In Red Bull Global Rallycross, 14 points isn’t all that much—it’s the difference between three spots in the main event, or two spots in the final and a couple of heat wins when your competitor isn’t quite as fast. But it’s the difference between fourth place and eighth in the championship right now, as Austin Dyne (212 points), Patrik Sandell (205), Scott Speed (203), Joni Wiman (199), and Steve Arpin (198) find themselves separated by exactly that amount.

That’s right—those five drivers are separated by an average of precisely two points per race.

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Each driver has had at least one shining moment this season. Dyne and Sandell have combined for four podium finishes with Bryan Herta Rallysport, with Sandell’s win at Detroit II the highlight. Speed has three runner-up results to go with his X Games gold medal. Defending champion Wiman has been his typical, consistent self, while Arpin gave Chip Ganassi Racing its first heat win, X Games medal, and standalone Red Bull GRC podium in the span of roughly 22 days.

But none of those drivers has been immune to bad luck, which is part of why they’re so closely matched heading into Los Angeles:

  • Dyne has had to race his way into the final through the last chance qualifier in four of the past five events.
  • Sandell suffered a driveshaft failure while leading Detroit I, as well as an incident at Daytona I and a red flag while leading MCAS New River.
  • Speed missed the main events at Daytona I and MCAS New River, and fell out of Daytona II due to an incident.
  • Wiman missed the season-opening main event in Fort Lauderdale and only completed one lap in Washington DC due to a mechanical failure.
  • Arpin suffered engine troubles in Detroit II that caused him to miss his first main event of the season.

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Still, that’s not even the whole story. Truth is, as close as this group is, they’re not even that far from the upper (and lower) echelons of the Supercar championship. Dyne is only 22 points shy of Nelson Piquet Jr., who climbed into third with his first Red Bull GRC victory in Washington DC. Arpin, meanwhile, is only 26 points clear of Tanner Foust, the Daytona I winner who has also posted four top-five finishes this season.

There’s every chance that, with up to 112 points on the line in Los Angeles next month, this group could split into two: the folks that will challenge for the top spots in the championship and the ones battling to be best of the rest. But with a group of drivers this evenly matched, who will fall into which category heading into the last three races of 2015 is anyone’s guess.

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STEVE ARPIN NAMED TOP FOUR IMPRESSIVE DRIVERS OF THE GRC 2015 SEASON

July 10th, 2015

A third of the way into the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season, the Supercar championship points look significantly different from the end of last year. Three of the drivers in last year’s top five have fallen out of the top half of the field, allowing a handful of fresh faces to elevate themselves into championship contention.

Today’s Fan Voice Friday spotlights four drivers in the Supercar title hunt—three of whom weren’t in last year’s top five, and one who has raised his game even further from last year. Today, we ask you: Which of the following Supercar drivers has impressed you the most so far this season?

Steve Arpin

Any time a brand new team enters Red Bull GRC, there’s usually a period of adjustment before they start running up front. Not so for Arpin; since joining Chip Ganassi Racing, he’s having a career year. Besides earning silver at X Games Austin and finishing third in Daytona, Arpin has three heat wins, appearances in every main event, and is in the thick of the title fight at fifth in points.

ARPIN WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF SUPERCAR POINTS LEAD AT NEW RIVER

July 6th, 2015

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The top six drivers in Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar points are separated by only 36 points as the series enters Sunday’s event at MCAS New River. From championship leader Sebastian Eriksson of Olsbergs MSE, all the way down to Chip Ganassi Racing driver and X Games silver medalist Steve Arpin, any driver can walk off the first active military base to ever host a rallycross event as the new points leader.

It’s a testament to how close the racing is this season—something that Arpin illustrated during Friday’s practice sessions.

“I think I was like 10th in final practice yesterday when we were off,” he explained. “But two tenths of a second would have put me through to third or fourth. We were really free yesterday, so we just need to make a couple of adjustments, tighten it up, and just basically bring our consistency into the racecar. With that being said, anything can happen in any given weekend in any given race, so every weekend is incredibly important.”

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Such is a lesson he won’t soon forget. For Arpin, the season started with what he called a “throwaway” race in Fort Lauderdale; after winning his second round heat and the semifinal, a jump start call put him in the back of the pack, leaving him seventh at race’s end.

Fortunately, the next weekend’s runner-up finish at X Games got the team going in the right direction, and fifth and third place results in Daytona kept him on pace in the standings. The quick rebound allows him to enter Sunday with Eriksson, Ken Block, and Tanner Foust, the current top three in the standings, in his sights.

“We’ve had a couple of just consistent, strong runs that put us in that little hornet’s nest of the top six in points,” he noted. “So we could come out of this weekend in the lead—we’re within striking distance to do it. Or, we could come out in seventh. So every single time we’re on the racetrack, we just need to give our all.”

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But what’s the key to coming out on top over the full 12-race schedule?

“There are two things we need to do,” Arpin continued. “For one, we need to be cautiously aggressive. We need to really capitalize on every ounce of points we can get. In the heat races, we’ll take every point we can get, and then we need to make sure we’re there at the end of the main to collect as many as we can get there.

“But at the same time, we’re here to win races too. We need to get some trophies.”

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DAYTONA DOUBLEHEADER : RECAP

June 25th, 2015

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 podium.

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 Rallycross Daytona, 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, 13

3. Subaru, 9

CHIP GANASSI RACING EARNS FIRST RED BULL GRC PODIUM WITH MEDAL AT X GAMES AUSTIN

June 9th, 2015

When Chip Ganassi Racing announced its intentions to campaign a two-car program in Red Bull Global Rallycross in 2015, expectations were high. After all, it’s easier to name a major race that CGR hasn’t won than it is to keep track of the ones they have—they’ve staked a claim to trophies from Daytona to Indianapolis and everywhere in between.

The first win is still to come, but the first podium came in only the team’s second race, and on the sport’s biggest stage. Steve Arpin earned a runner-up finish for CGR in its first appearance at X Games Austin, conquering the .562-mile Circuit of the Americas course after taking the final transfer spot in the last chance qualifier.

“It’s a pleasure to be in the series,” said Ganassi. “I didn’t get to come to Fort Lauderdale, so it was nice to be here for X Games. We had a great day and great performance, and I’m very proud of the team—we have a little work to do, but we’re really happy coming out of the blocks.”

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As pleased as Ganassi was, Arpin was overjoyed, and for good reason—not only was he the only first-time X Games medalist on Saturday’s podium, he had also nearly missed the LCQ after falling behind Pat Moro for third early in his heat.

“These guys gave me such an incredible car!” Arpin exclaimed after the race. “It just drove. We made a last-minute decision in the main just to back up and let the stuff in front sort itself out, and we just have such a good car that if we get on clean racetracks and stay out of the carnage, I knew we could get to the front.”

But the Canadian wasn’t the only one in medal contention for the new squad. Teammate Brian Deegan, in his first start for CGR, also earned his way into the main event through the LCQ and actually held the lead coming out of the first turn. Though he eventually fell to fourth, failing to track down bronze medalist Sebastian Eriksson with a flat tire, “The General” spoke highly of his first race with the new squad.

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“It was a really good week,” he explained. “I finally got seat time in the car—I’ve been busy with trucks—and this was my first race. To come out and make the final, I’m happy with that. I got a fairly good start, but I think I played a little too nice when I should’ve gotten more ruthless.

“In the end, I was just trying to finish. If we hadn’t gotten the flat, I think we would have had a shot at getting a medal. But in the end, it was our first race with a new car and a new team, and I think we did a good job.”

“If we had just had one more lap, who knows what would have happened?” Ganassi added.

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In the end, everyone involved was quick to share credit throughout the organization. As impressively as both drivers raced, the race team, led by longtime M-Sport engineer Carl Goodman, earned high praise for their efforts during the weekend.

“This Ganassi car is the most fun I’ve ever had driving in a racecar in my life,” Arpin said. “And this team—our first time at X Games, and we had one third of the starting grid in the final. That’s a true testament to how good these guys are as a team.”

“That’s what this racing is all about,” continued Ganassi. “It’s not about the owner, it’s about the guys on the team. That’s what’s great about it. It’s about the guys that do the work—the guys that are in the trenches working on the car, the guys pushing the buttons, steering the wheel, pushing the pedals.

“This is not about me—it’s about the team, and they did a great job.”

CGRT Partners with 360fly to Provide 360-Degree Video Content

June 4th, 2015

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Former CGRT INDYCAR Driver Jeff Ward to Compete in Three GRC Races;
Showcasing Ground-Breaking 360-degree Video At Every Turn

CONCORD, N.C. (June 4, 2015) – Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGRT) announced today a partnership with 360fly, the category creator in 360-degree digital video products, on their two entries in Global Rallycross (GRC). 360fly will be the primary partner on the team’s No. 38 Ford Fiesta for the doubleheader in Daytona on June 20-21 as well as the race in Washington, DC on Aug. 15 with former Target Chip Ganassi Racing INDYCAR driver Jeff Ward behind the wheel.

In addition, 360fly will be the primary partner on Steve Arpin’s No. 00 Ford Fiesta for the 2015 X-games June 4-7 and subsequent to that will remain as an associate partner on the car for the remainder of the GRC season.

NOTES OF INTEREST

• Video in 360 Degrees: 360fly is a single-lens camera that introduces an innovative new way to capture the world around you in a 360-degree video format – video that’s fully interactive. The advantage of using a single lens is that there’s no additional stitching of individual video feeds which introduces undesired stitching artifacts and takes longer to process. Smaller than a baseball, 360fly packs HD-quality, 360-degree video into a lightweight, water-resistant rugged design. 360fly is optimized for mobile devices, as that’s where most video content is viewed. The camera’s built-in WiFi and Bluetooth pairs with a free Android and iOS app and allows users to easily view, edit and share their experiences to their social channels. Check out the 360fly experience here!

• Bringing New Technology to New Fans: GRC’s strong focus on digital content and engagement with a millennial fan base has positioned it on the cutting edge of the motorsports world. Over two-thirds of their fans are in the coveted 18-29 demographic. Live broadcasts on NBC, NBCSN, NBC Live Extra, Red Bull TV and fresh  digital content generated on a daily basis keep fans engaged throughout the year which creates the perfect platform to utilize the 360fly technology.

• Jeff Ward: Ward is the first motocross rider in AMA history to win every major motocross class championship. During his career he amassed seven AMA national titles and a record breaking nine MX des Nations titles. Ward then turned his attention to Indy cars and in the 2002 season he was a race winner for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team. He is now a trainer to Factory Honda rider Cole Seely.

QUOTEBOARD

Steve Lauletta, President, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: “We believe that GRC is the perfect fit for a tech company like 360fly. The fan base is made up of millennials that are on the constant lookout for the newest and coolest technology. We think that 360fly fits that bill perfectly. The type of content 360fly can create should prove to be a big hit with the GRC fan. We are pleased to have them on board.”

Peter Adderton, CEO, 360fly: “We are not only excited about partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing on the Global Rallycross, but we are equally excited about the content access we will get in their other motorsports programs like INDYCAR and NASCAR. These forms of racing are built to speak to young consumers where technology plays an integral role in their daily lives. We feel that our product is a ‘must have’ for these consumer to capture life as it comes at them and then easily transfer it to their favorite social media platform.”

Jeff Ward, Driver, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be back with Ganassi – even if it is for only a few races. I loved my time with the team back in 2002 and am looking forward to being around them again but this time in GRC. With the 360fly collaboration and the intense action of Rally racing, I can’t wait to see what action we capture from inside the car. I think the footage will resonate with my motocross and car fans alike. I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”

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Arpin, Rallycross Ready to Return to Daytona

June 2nd, 2015

 

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The Daytona Beach News Journal

Ken Willis

Steve Arpin has competed at Daytona International Speedway several times in a rather traditional manner — piloting a stock-car around the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Later this month, he returns for the second time to compete in perhaps the most unique form of motorsports the Speedway has ever hosted.

Following last year’s August debut at Daytona, the Global Rallycross Championship — sponsored by Red Bull — returns at an earlier date with a two-for-one visit on Father’s Day weekend (June 19-21). There’ll be practice and qualifying on Friday (June 19), followed by points-paying race days on Saturday and Sunday.

“We did that last year in Los Angeles, raced on back-to-back days. It worked out well; we had big crowds both days,” said Arpin, who’s in town this week to help the Speedway promote the upcoming Rallycross weekend.

Arpin, a 31-year-old Canadian, is typical of those on the Rallycross series’ roster of racers. Though his background includes racing on snowmobiles, he mostly pointed toward a career in stock cars, preferably at North America’s highest level — NASCAR.

He’s raced at Daytona in the former Nationwide Series as well as ARCA. He ran two full seasons in ARCA and, in 2010, won three races. Like some others — notably Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr. — his options grew limited in stock-car racing and he turned his attention to Rallycross, which is in its fifth season.

The 2015 campaign opened last weekend in Fort Lauderdale. Arpin, beginning his third season in Rallycross and his first for Chip Ganassi’s start-up team, made it through the heats and finished seventh in the main event, which was won by Ken Block.

This year, 12 races will be run on eight weekends through November’s Las Vegas finale — four of the weekends include two races, including an October visit to Barbados. When he started climbing behind the wheel of race cars, Arpin never envisioned he’d someday end up in Barbados competing in something like Rallycross.

“Absolutely not. To be honest, I was really chasing the NASCAR dream for the longest time,” he said this week. “It’s a big change. I had to take a step back and say, ‘Is this the direction I want to go.’ But I’ve found a new home here and I’m hoping I’m here for a long time.”

Source: The Daytona Beach News Journal

2015 POWER RANKINGS: FORT LAUDERDALE

June 2nd, 2015

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Red Bull Global Rallycross media director Chris Leone and Down and Dirty Radio Show host Jim Beaver have teamed up once again in 2015 to produce power rankings for the Red Bull GRC season. On each race day this season, the two experts will provide an aggregated set of rankings designed to offer insight about each driver in the Supercar class.

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1. Ken Block: The hands down fastest driver in Red Bull GRC in 2014 missed a championship by the narrowest margin possible. If not for two mistakes earlier in the 2014 season, Ken Block would have been the 2014 champion. There is no reason to think he won’t be just as fast, if not faster in 2015, and with the added fire of 2014’s narrow miss, no one will be betting against the “Head Hoonigan” in 2015. —JB

2. Scott Speed: A championship contender going in to the final round in Las Vegas in 2014, Scott proved the VW program as a front runner right out of the box with back to back wins at Barbados and X Games. With a year of Beetle development now in the books, and the Andretti resources at his disposal, there is no reason to think 2015 won’t be the year Scott takes home the championship. —JB

3. Joni Wiman: The defending champ has a target on his back this year, even from teammate Sebastian Eriksson—who placed second to Wiman in GRC Lites’ debut season in 2013. It’ll be an adjustment from coming in and flying under the radar, but the rookie-no-more is still part of the only team to ever win a Red Bull GRC Supercar championship. That’s still something to be feared. —CL

4. Nelson Piquet Jr.: Piquet has spent an entire offseason racing on narrow street courses in Formula E. You have to think that, between that experience, the opportunity to stay in race mode for much longer than most of his competitors, and the fire that comes from falling short in last year’s title run, he’s going to be intensely dangerous in this year’s points chase. —CL

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5. Tanner Foust: The question is whether or not Foust can prove that last year’s dismal ninth place finish in Supercar points was an anomaly. If he can stay calm and minimize mistakes in the season opener, preventing himself from getting behind early on as was the case in Barbados last year, we should have our answer. Expect some redemptive runs this season. —CL

6. Steve Arpin: 2014 proved to be a breakout year for the Canadian with a background in racing just about anything with an engine. Now the lead driver for the new Ganassi team, with brand new M-Sport sourced Ford Fiesta’s, look for Arpin to be a frontrunner in 2015. —JB

7. Sverre Isachsen: The “Viking Warrior” was part of a break out year for Subaru in 2014 and brought Subaru its first ever Red Bull GRC victory in Seattle. Notoriously the fastest starter in rallycross, and one of the most aggressive drivers, look for Sverre to be fighting for podiums more often than not in 2015 with a brand new WRX STI platform that has already proven its dominance in stage rally this year. —JB

8. Patrik Sandell: Up and down would be the best way to describe Patrik’s 2014 season. He definitely proved he has what it takes to succeed in GRC with a victory at the Washington DC round, but he lacked consistency down the stretch. A new home with Bryan Herta Rallysport could be just what the stage rally veteran needs to find his way to the front. —JB

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9. Sebastian Eriksson: Joni Wiman redux? Eriksson is still fired up about finishing second to his new teammate in GRC Lites points two years ago, and to prove himself he went out yesterday and posted faster lap times than Wiman in both practice sessions. With a Swedish Supercar title already under his belt, he just might have the right stuff for two titles in two seasons. —CL

10. Bucky Lasek: Larger wheelbase be damned, Lasek is fired up for 2015. The three-time podium finisher from 2014 and Subaru Rally Team USA have spent all offseason turning the new WRX STI platform into something special, and whether or not it’s well-suited to the smaller Fort Lauderdale course, it should really shine at multiple venues this year. —CL

11. Austin Dyne: 2014 was a great rookie Supercar season for the veteran pavement racer. He was a consistent face in the finals, showed speed at certain venues, and proved he belongs in a Supercar. Austin is definitely primed for what could be a breakout season in 2015. —JB

12. Victor Gonzalez Jr.: The odds are stacked against Gonzalez, running for a privateer outfit in Rhys Millen Racing with zero experience in a rallycross car until earlier this week. So what? The sport is one of attrition, and any driver who can stay focused and keep his nose clean has a chance to steal some solid results. So it goes with the #99 squad. —CL

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Steve Arpin: Bio

June 2nd, 2015

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STEVE ARPIN

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DRIVER INFO

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2014: 10 starts, 1 podium, 4 heat wins, 224 points, 7th overall (Supercars)

  • 2013: 9 starts, best finish 4th, 79 points, 8th overall (Supercars)

  • CAREER: 19 starts, 1 podium, 4 heat wins, 303 points (Supercars)

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2013 was Steve Arpin’s rookie year in Red Bull Global Rallycross. 2014 was his adjustment year, where he applied the lessons he’d learned toward becoming more consistent and running up front.

If all goes to plan, 2015 will be his breakout year.

After two years piloting the OMSE2 car, Arpin moves over to the brand new Chip Ganassi Racing outfit to race a brand-new, M-Sport built Ford Fiesta ST. It’s the same equipment that Ken Block has piloted to three wins and a pair of top-three championship results in the past two years, and the kind of ride that every driver in the paddock covets.

Arpin’s early results from last year suggest that he’s not too far off from putting up similar numbers. The first half of 2014 suggested a potential breakout year, with a podium at Top Gear Festival Barbados and consistent finishes keeping him in the top three in points through the first half of the year. Only later in the season did the wheels begin to fall off, with mechanical troubles plaguing both car and driver and preventing him from finishing as strongly.

With Ganassi’s expertise behind him—the CGR squad boasts 15 drivers’ titles and over 150 race victories in numerous racing series—the Canadian suddenly finds himself as a potential championship favorite in 2015, or at least a potential first-time race winner. Regardless of what he accomplishes this year, it’ll go down well with the fans: Arpin has been a top-three finisher in each of the past two Fan Favorite Driver of the Year voting results.

RED BULL GRC RACE RECAP: FORT LAUDERDALE

June 2nd, 2015

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IN BRIEF: Ken Block broke his streak of bad luck in Red Bull Global Rallycross season openers with a statement victory in the 2015 kickoff round in Fort Lauderdale. Block, last year’s championship runner-up, held off fellow 2014 title contenders Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr. for the victory.

HEAT RECAPS: Polesitter Speed and Piquet won both of their points-paying heats, while Steve Arpin took his first heat victory for Chip Ganassi Racing and Joni Wiman took a victory in the only heat he ran all weekend (Wiman was not cleared by a doctor to race on Sunday). Arpin and Ken Block won the two semifinals to earn front-row starting spots in the main event, while Tanner Foust won the last chance qualifier.

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MAIN EVENT RECAP: Ten cars darted into the hairpin first corner, splitting space between the main lane and the Kobalt Tools Joker Lap. Block, who had climbed through the field heat by heat after a first-round incident while trying to pass Scott Speed, took advantage of the inside line and darted into the lead, with Speed, Piquet, Arpin, and the remainder of the field funneling in behind them. However, Arpin would vacate fourth place to serve a penalty for a jump start—the wheels moved before the green lights came on.

Behind the lead pack, a set of intense battles between Bucky Lasek, Austin Dyne, and Tanner Foust saw those three drivers jostling for position throughout the race. While they settled the mid-pack positions, Block pulled away from the field, breaking the 30-second lap time barrier on his way to the victory.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: The results from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Fort Lauderdale, the first round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:

  1. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
  2. Scott Speed, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  3. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, #93 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  5. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle
  6. Austin Dyne, #14 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  7. Steve Arpin, #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  8. Victor Gonzalez Jr., #99 Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster
  9. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  10. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI
  11. Patrik Sandell, #18 Bryan Herta Rallysport Ford Fiesta ST
  12. Joni Wiman, #31 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST

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QUOTES: A selection of quotes from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Fort Lauderdale, the first round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:

Ken Block, Driver, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST: “Racing these two talented tarmac drivers was very tough. They really pushed me and our team all weekend. It was a lot of fun. It really came down to starts, and I got lucky—I really had great starts, and I was able to put some good times in and go for the win. Last year, I ended up on my roof in the final trying to battle back for the lead, and this year I was trying to be a little patient and a little smarter. Hopefully we’ll be in a better position here at the end of the year!”

Scott Speed, Driver, #41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle: “It’s a great start. You have to score points here—we learned that last year, that you’ve got to be on the podium. So this is a great start that will give us a great shot moving forward. Congrats to Ken, he did a great job there in the final, and it was a great race. We’ll be back in Daytona!”

Nelson Piquet Jr., Driver, #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST: “This is a great way to start the season. We had two great heats—we won the first two. In the semifinal, Ken had a great start, took the lead, and that put us in a bad position to start the final. But we still managed to get a podium, and I’m very proud of the team. I’m very happy to be back in my second season of rallycross—the season started, and now we’re going for it!”

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FAST FACTS: A collection of facts from Sunday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Fort Lauderdale, the first round of the 2015 Red Bull GRC season:

  • This was Ken Block’s fourth career Red Bull Global Rallycross victory and his second in a row (after winning in Las Vegas to end the 2014 season). By winning the semifinal, he took the 31st heat victory of his career, extending his all-time series record.
  • Scott Speed’s second-place finish marked the first time in his Red Bull GRC career that he has failed to win the season opener. Speed took his second consecutive pole position in two starts with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetle.
  • Nelson Piquet Jr. earned the fifth podium finish of his Red Bull GRC career, as well as his eighth and ninth career heat victories. This weekend marked the first time that Piquet had won a heat race since New York in July 2014, and his first podium since Charlotte one week later.
  • Sebastian Eriksson was the top placing rookie Supercar driver in Sunday’s main event, finishing fourth. Fellow Supercar rookie Victor Gonzalez Jr. finished eighth.
  • Tanner Foust’s fifth place finish on Sunday marked his best result in a season opener since his runner-up result at Charlotte in May 2012. Foust’s victory in the last chance qualifier was his fourth since joining Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross.

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UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS:

  1. Ken Block, 53
  2. Scott Speed, 51
  3. Nelson Piquet Jr., 46
  4. Sebastian Eriksson, 39
  5. Tanner Foust, 32
  6. Austin Dyne, 29
  7. Steve Arpin, 25
  8. Victor Gonzalez Jr., 17
  9. Sverre Isachsen, 12
  10. Bucky Lasek, 7
  11. Joni Wiman, 4
  12. Patrik Sandell, 3

RED BULL GRC SEASON PREVIEW: STEVE ARPIN

May 28th, 2015

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Vitals: Born: December 16, 1983 // Hometown: Fort Frances, ON

2015 Team: #00 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford Fiesta ST

2014 Results: Arpin’s second Red Bull GRC season saw him take his first podium finish in the season-opening Top Gear Festival Barbados. He actually spent much of the year in the top five of Supercar points, before vehicle issues through much of the second half of the year dropped him to seventh in the championship standings.

What’s New in 2015: Everything except for car number and manufacturer. Arpin joins the world-renowned Chip Ganassi Racing as they make their first step into rallycross, racing with a new title sponsor in Eneos and a brand-new M-Sport Ford Fiesta ST.

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Strengths: If Andretti Autosport set new standards for Red Bull GRC teams in 2014, then the Ganassi operation is preparing to raise the bar even higher. Nobody will benefit from that more than Arpin, who will be the lone championship contender for the team; teammate Brian Deegan will once again run a limited schedule. The value of working with Deegan, who has the second most podium finishes in Red Bull GRC history, can’t be understated, either.

What To Watch For: Arpin knows how to come out of the gate hot—in each of the past two years, he’s scored his season-best finish in the opener. But both times he’s slid down the standings a little bit with some difficult results later on. In season three, it’ll be up to the popular Canadian to prove that trend had more to do with his old car than anything else, something he’s been preparing all offseason to do.

Outlook: If you’re looking for an interesting, but reasonable, championship pick, Arpin’s your guy. His two years of rallycross experience and high spirits going into the year will ensure that Ganassi’s winning expertise in IndyCar, sports cars, and NASCAR won’t go to waste.

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Red Bull Global Rallycross Prepares To Kick Off 2015 Season in Fort Lauderdale, F

May 22nd, 2015

Tickets Still Available for Inaugural Event on May 30-31

The 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season begins in just 10 days with a brand new event at the Bahia Mar Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The race will kick off a 12-round schedule, the longest in series history, for both the Supercar and GRC Lites classes.

Defending Supercar champion Joni Wiman will return to Olsbergs MSE to defend his crown, but numerous other drivers will attempt to challenge him for the throne. Two-time Red Bull GRC champion Tanner Foust, World Rally Championship competitor and “Gymkhana” pioneer Ken Block, Formula 1 veterans Scott Speed and Nelson Piquet Jr., and action sports legends Bucky Lasek, Brian Deegan, and Travis Pastrana will be among the drivers challenging for victories and the championship in 2015.

In addition, two Indianapolis 500-winning organizations have joined the Supercar grid for 2015. Chip Ganassi Racing will field entries for Deegan and Steve Arpin, while Bryan Herta Rallysport will campaign cars for Patrik Sandell and Austin Dyne.

Tickets for Red Bull GRC Fort Lauderdale are now on sale and can be purchased athttp://www.redbullglobalrallycross.com/tickets. The full 2015 schedule is as follows:

  • May 31: Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • June 20: Daytona Beach, FL (I)
  • June 21: Daytona Beach, FL (II)
  • July 5: United States Military Base
  • July 25: Detroit, MI (I)
  • July 26: Detroit, MI (II)
  • August 15: Washington, DC
  • September 12: Los Angeles, CA (I)
  • September 13: Los Angeles, CA (II)
  • October 3: Barbados (I)
  • October 4: Barbados (II)
  • November 4: Las Vegas, NV

Ganassi’s new Red Bull GRC entry not looking for “flash”… yet

May 19th, 2015

May 19, 2015, 10:21 AM EDT

Racing is Chip Ganassi’s business. Winning is part of Chip Ganassi’s business.

Winning regularly has become a staple for his teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

But in Red Bull Global Rallycross, Chip Ganassi Racing is starting from ground zero, with two brand new Ford Fiestas and a hungry pairing of Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan as drivers.

The program was only announced in March, during the race week for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for Ganassi’s TUDOR program, immediately after IndyCar testing at Barber, and before the NASCAR weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

Ganassi is not underestimating the challenge ahead of him, as he begins the quest for success in his newest chapter of motorsports this season.

“I’m the person that likes to come in and under promise and over deliver,” Ganassi told MotorSportsTalk in an interview at Red Bull GRC media day in Long Beach. “I’m not all flashy with the big splash and come in and say, ‘We’ll do this.’ We’re here to compete and learn, but we’re here to win races.”

Ganassi’s team has gained traction with several youth-oriented and targeted events the last few years, notably the Ganassi Sound Garage event held last September.

Getting into Red Bull GRC, Ganassi said, is proof positive of looking towards the next generation of racing fans.

“It’s no secret we all want the younger demographic,” Ganassi said. “We like to think as a team we’re leading that perspective. Coming here we have a lot to learn.

“Our expectations are tempered by the realities of physical aspects of the sport we have to overcome yet. But we feel pretty good. We’re looking forward to it.”

In Arpin and Deegan, Ganassi has found two rally veterans, even if Deegan’s flat brim hat and tattoos don’t fit the traditional mold of a Ganassi driver.

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Deegan, an action sports legend primarily in Freestyle Motocross, has since shifted into off-road truck racing and rally racing. Last year Deegan finished 12th in points with two podiums in only five starts, as he raced only half the 10-race schedule.

But while Ganassi may be downplaying expectations, Deegan certainly isn’t.

“I’ve got in a rally car, won some races, and I never felt I was with the right equipment,” Deegan told MotorSportsTalk. “Now getting with Chip Ganassi Racing, it should be unlimited. We don’t want to just win races, but we want to be a dominant team. I’m excited.”

Deegan says the area of the game he needs to improve is on pavement; he said he needs to become a better pavement driver.

As for hooking the youth? “The car racing world has aged. Between skate BMX and moto, getting kids over to car racing isn’t easy. Getting them in GRC has helped a lot. We still have a ways to go. But we keep it exciting.”

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Arpin’s car. Photo: Red Bull GRC

Arpin ended seventh in points a year ago, with one podium in 10 starts. More often than not, poor luck struck him during weekends.

“We started strong at the beginning; halfway through we were still third in points,” Arpin told MotorSportsTalk. “We just ran into mechanical after mechanical. I only had one crash. But I learned a bunch of things not to do and to do.”

He’s praised both Ganassi and Deegan as they look ahead to the year.

“We’ll be in top-notch equipment. I have the best of best with Deegan as my teammate, given his perspective and his view. We have such polar opposite backgrounds. We have such a different view of looking at things; on how to attack each corner. With that being said, winning is nothing less than the goal.

“Realistically, it’s a set of doors I have tried to get through since ‘09-‘10 in NASCAR. It’s a first class organization. To race like someone with Mr. Ganassi, not to take away from others, but racing is his thing. It’s not other programs.

“For me as a racer growing up, to race with someone like that, it becomes that much more special. Walking in those doors, into that kingdom they call a race shop it’s the most beautiful thing in a world.”

Mr. Ganassi, again, just wants the thing the late Rodney Dangerfield always said in stand-up acts he never got.

“Again I hope to earn everyone’s respect, and build a solid team foundation for going forward,” Ganassi said.

The season opens May 31 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

 

STEVE ARPIN: “IT’S ABOUT WINNING—NOTHING ELSE IS ACCEPTABLE”

May 18th, 2015

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Canadian-born Steve Arpin has been a fan favorite in Red Bull Global Rallycross ever since trading in his stock car for a Ford Fiesta in 2013. After a learning rookie year that saw him take multiple top-five finishes, Arpin broke out last season with a runner-up finish at Top Gear Festival Barbados and a strong early season run that had him in title contention.

This year, he’ll run for the championship once again, but the scenery—and goals—are different. Now racing for the brand new Chip Ganassi Racing squad, he’ll be wheeling an M-Sport built Fiesta for the first time alongside teammate Brian Deegan. Arpin spoke to us about how he landed a “dream” opportunity, the makeup of the new squad, and how much higher his expectations are for this year:

Moving to Chip Ganassi Racing in your third Red Bull GRC season is obviously a huge step for you. When and how did this deal start coming together?

Since I’ve been doing Red Bull GRC, what this series has to offer has honestly intrigued me so much. Back in my NASCAR days, I had a little bit of a relationship with Steve Lauletta and Max Jones on some of the stuff I was doing over there, and I just happened to see them at X Games—they were there checking it out. Obviously, Red Bull GRC was able to get their attention as well so we got the conversation going.

Chip Ganassi Racing was exactly what Loenbro was looking for in a partner, more than I could ever ask for in a race team, and as it turned out this was something that was high on their radar for their own reasons. It all seemed to be a perfect fit and here we are today!

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CGR has a history of winning throughout the world of racing, from Daytona to Indianapolis and everywhere in between. What has working with the team been like so far, and what does it mean to you to become a part of that legacy?

Being with Chip Ganassi Racing is an opportunity that I honestly would’ve thought would only be in my dreams. It’s amazing, to have something like this, to be a part of a team with such an iconic man at the helm as Mr. Ganassi. All he does is win, and all he does is race. They’ve got such a unique way of doing things, and just over the past couple of months, being involved with the team, I’ve been seeing that in everything.

Mr. Ganassi has a famous quote—you have four patches of rubber that hit the racetrack, and it’s all about how you manage those four patches. I’ve always heard that quote, but seeing how they do things as a team, seeing how they do things so differently and so much more efficiently—from the competition side, to the business side, to the personnel management side, their outside of the box thinking with partners, everything as a whole—has honestly given me a whole new level of respect. It’s something that I could have never imagined until seeing the inner workings of this organization.

To be a part of it, six months ago, it just blew my mind that it was actually happening. Today, getting involved in all the workings of what’s going on and leading up to the start of the new season, it’s got me that much more excited.

You’re getting an M-Sport built Ford, the same car that Ken Block has taken to three wins in the past two years. How much of a step forward will the new equipment be?

I couldn’t be more excited to get an M-Sport car. Watching Ken Block, I think his results and his speed every week kind of speak for themselves on the quality of the racecar. I’ve been in somewhat of a non-current car for the past couple of years, but it was a great opportunity to learn with something like that, with the guys over at Olsbergs MSE. I couldn’t be more thrilled, and I think I’m ready for the step up in equipment and the added responsibilities and performance that comes with it.

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You’ve also got a new teammate in Brian Deegan. You’ve both raced Fords for the past two years, but what kind of relationship do you have right now, and what are you looking forward to about working with him?

I’m really, really looking forward to working with Deegan. Since I’ve been involved in Red Bull GRC, we’ve raced under the same umbrella with Ford and the OMSE bunch, so hopefully it’ll be somewhat of a seamless transition. We talked back and forth quite a bit last year, and it’s so neat listening to someone like that.

I think we’re both going to complement each other, coming from such different backgrounds. We’re both going to have our own unique way of looking at things. Passing that information onto our team manager, Carl Goodman, who has such a long history of rally experience himself, I think we have three ingredients, three unique ways of looking at things, that are really going to give us an edge.

You mentioned Carl Goodman, your team manager, and his background. How much of your personnel at CGR is familiar with Red Bull GRC, and how many folks have moved over from different CGR programs?

First and foremost, with Carl, the lead engineer on our team, he actually has a history with M-Sport and the development of the cars that we’re going to be racing. So having that knowledge going into it is just going to help us accelerate our learning curve so much. After one lunch with him, when we discussed teaming up for 2015, I don’t think I’d ever tell him this to his face, but about ten minutes into the conversation, I was sold. He’s such an extremely intelligent, calm, cool, and collected guy. He’s so analytical about everything he does, and it’s so neat to be involved in his thought process. He’s going to be a priceless asset for our team this year, and I couldn’t be more thrilled than to have him on board.

As for the other guys, we’re still in the last stages of putting the team together. Rallycross is still a young sport in the States, so to get to many people with rallycross experience is hard. But I don’t think that’s such a bad thing! There are a lot of different ways to look at this stuff, and I think having all of the experience of rally racing in the past, and mixing that with all the new people without biased opinions on the sport, I think it’s going to open up a bunch of new paths that could lead to newer and better ways to do things.

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A lot of tracks from last year will be returning to the schedule, and you had success at many of them—a podium in Barbados and heat wins in DC, Daytona, and Los Angeles. Which of last year’s courses are you looking forward to returning to the most—and where are you looking forward to competing for the first time?

This has been such a long offseason, that I can’t wait to get to whatever the next race is. Right now I can’t wait to get to Florida, but then as soon as we take the checkered flag there I’m not going to be able to wait to get to X Games.

Then, from there we’re on Daytona—any time you go to Daytona International Speedway, it’s a privilege just to be able to race there. It’s got such an iconic history with motorsports in general, not just NASCAR. To be part of the Daytona Rising project, we’re probably going to be the first event there with that project completed. I can’t wait for DC—DC was a thrill to go to. It was my first time being there, and we were fast there, too, which is part of the reason why I’m looking forward to going back there too.

Looking at our schedule, I can’t pinpoint one individual track and say “oh, that’s it.” It’s just in general—whatever’s next.

Last year you got your first podium finish and spent a lot of the year in the top three in the championship. How much higher are the expectations in year three?

I don’t even think they even resemble the past two years. This opportunity with Chip Ganassi Racing is a big deal for me. Mr. Ganassi does things so differently—his business is racing, and with that, his business is winning races. We’ve got a lot of great partners coming on board this year, and we’re looking forward to taking ENEOS to victory lane. And honestly, going into this year, it’s about winning, consistency, and being in position to have a shot at the championship at the end of the year. Nothing else is acceptable.

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GRC: Ganassi forms new team, tags Arpin in as driver

May 18th, 2015

GRC: Ganassi forms new team, tags Arpin in as driver

Posted on March 19, 2015 by RacingNorth staff // 2 Comments

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams announced today the formation of a two-car team in the Supercar class of Red Bull Global Rallycross with new partner Loenbro and drivers Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin.

CGRT joins forces with energy services and construction company Loenbro, which serves clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond, to field the two-car team out of CGRT’s Concord, N.C.-based shop that houses their NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series programs. Founding brothers Paul and Jon Leach are entrepreneurs with a life-long personal interests in the world of motorsports.

The 16-time X-Games medalist Deegan will pilot the No. 38 RockStar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST, with teammate Arpin in the No. 00 ENEOS Ford Fiesta ST. Arpin will run the full 12-race calendar, with Deegan competing in seven races. The two will also compete in X Games Austin this summer as it returns to Circuit of the Americas from June 4-7.

A native of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, and son of an entrepreneur and dirt racer, Arpin began his motorsports career racing go-karts and went on to become a seven-time junior world snowmobile champion. He advanced to the ARCA Racing Series in 2009 and began climbing the NASCAR ladder to the Camping World Truck Series and the XFINITY Series. The former stock car driver recently found his home in the series last season, where he had a best race finish of second with a seventh-place finish in the point standings.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of such an established team like Chip Ganassi Racing entering GRC with the support of Loenbro and partnership with ENEOS,” Arpin says. “For me, being a race car driver my whole life, this is the opportunity of a lifetime and one that any driver would dream of. Mr. Ganassi has set a high standard with the way he operates his race teams both on and off the race track, and just through the early stages of preparing for this season it is easy to see why the organization has such long-lasting partnerships and why its employees wear the team’s logo with so much pride.”

‘To Drive For A Gentleman Like Mr. Ganassi, It’s An Honor’

May 18th, 2015

Steve Arpin: ‘To Drive For A Gentleman Like Mr. Ganassi, It’s An Honor’

By Ashley McCubbin On Fri, Mar. 27, 2015

Earlier this month, Chip Ganassi Racing made a groundbreaking announcement, stating that they would be fielding two entries in the Global Rallycross Series in 2015.

“As a fan of motorsports I’m particularly interested in the GRC cars, their horsepower levels and the absence of traction control but make no mistake about it, we are in this series to win – both on and off the race track,” Chip Ganassi stated per the press release. “Also, GRC has proven to be a very innovative and fresh take on today’s motorsport product. The series is targeting a new demographic and aligns with ours and more importantly with our partners’ focus on connecting with Millennials.”

One of the drivers that will be driving for the organization this upcoming season is Fort Frances, Ontario native Steve Arpin, as he enters his third season in GRC.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this all put together and to talk about it now,” he told SpeedwayMedia.com. “This was a big secret to try and hold on to. Just to be involved like Chip Ganassi Racing, and to bring partners in everyone at Loenbro and all of their employees over there, it’s huge. I think a dream come true is an understatement. I don’t think is something that I could’ve dreamt up. For any racer to be able to drive for a gentleman like Mr. Ganassi, it’s an honor. It’s an accomplishment that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Arpin says discussions started about the possibility of CGR forming a GRC team when some of CGR’s higher management attended the X-Games event.

“When I saw their higher management poking around at the X-Games last year, it really just opened up the opportunity to have some conversations,” he stated.

The Canadian has competed in the series over the past two year, saying that he was originally attracted to the series, from a sponsor/marketing standpoint.

“One of the things that I’ve always been active in is my relationships with my sponsors and trying to pinpoint exactly what they’re looking for, and wanting to achieve with the programs they get involved with,” he explained. “One of the hardest things to do anymore is to communicate with the younger demographic. Today’s youth is really tough to communicate with a marketing platform, and that’s one thing that the GRC has that makes it unique compared to other forms of motorsports.”

Combining the good marketing platform with racing that “looked like a blast,” it began the perfect puzzle for Arpin in moving his career forward. Last year, he had a solid season, finishing seventh in points with a podium and four heat wins.

“I think the year started off great last year,” he commented. “The last couple of years have been a great learning platform. It was a frustrating year for sure. To run the first half of the season in the top three in points and within striking distance of the lead, to fall back to eighth without even an opportunity at the top-five if nobody showed up was frustrating, and that was all mechanical problems. We didn’t crash a single time. With that being said, it was frustrating – but at the same time, it was really good to learn and prepare myself for an opportunity like I have today.”

Arpin hopes to carry what he has learned the past two seasons into having success this year, and scoring his first career oval victory. Going into the year, the goals are simple – be competitive each and every week, and win races. Though he also recognizes that with the new team, there will be some growing pains.

“It’s a start-up program and no matter what you do and how prepared you are, you’re going to encounter some growing pains,” he stated. “I want to be like a leader for our group that really helps the guys pull through those growing pains, learning from them, and making the best of them, and being strong enough in the areas that we have complete control over so when we encounter those kinds of stuff, we can absorb it and keep pushing on.”

The potential to have success in the GRC is high this year, though the opportunity with Ganassi opens other doors for Arpin, it may seem. Ganassi fields cars in NASCAR, Verizon IndyCar Series, and TUDOR Sports Car Series. Arpin has NASCAR experience under his belt, having ran some Camping World Truck Series races for Turner-Scott Motorsports and some XFINITY Series races for JR Motorsports. Could he run some NASCAR races in the future?

“I’ll tell you from my perspective, my 100% focus is solely and strictly on the GRC. That’s the only thing that I’m interested in at this point,” he said. “I want to do this with 100% of my focus and do it right. As we get rolling and taking care of themselves, I can promise that I will be the first to start poking around and seeing what those opportunities might be. It’d be an honor to get into something with that level of equipment and level of teammates, and people involved. It’d honestly be a really neat opportunity.”

Steve Arpin named Top 3 to watch in 2015

May 18th, 2015

THURSDAY, 16 APRIL 2015

2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross Season Preview

After a thrilling 2014 season which saw Joni Wiman prevail in a four way title fight in last November’s Las Vegas finale, Red Bull Global Rallycross is back.Last season saw no less than six winners in 10 events with 11 different drivers on the podium over the course of the season. This year the calendar has been expanded to 12 events, including three double-headers.

2015 RED BULL GRC CALENDAR

Round 1 –   May 30-31              Fort Lauderdale, FL
Round 2 –   June 5-6                 Daytona Beach, FL
Round 3 –   July 3-5                  United States Military Base
Round 4 –   July 24-25              Detroit, MI (I)
Round 5 –   July 25-26              Detroit, MI (II)
Round 6 –   August 14-15         Washington, DC
Round 7 –   August 29-30         Seattle, WA
Round 8 –   September 11-12  Los Angeles, CA (I)
Round 9 –   September 12-13  Los Angeles, CA (II)
Round 10 – October 2-3           Barbados (I)
Round 11 – October 3-4           Barbados (I)
Round 12 – November 3-4       Las Vegas, NV

The expanded schedule sees three new venues in Fort Lauderdale, US Military Base and Detroit.

Fort Lauderdale opens up the championship at the end of May while the US Military base will play host to a fantastic Fourth of July weekend celebration. The first double-header of the season takes place in Detroit, America’s spiritual home of the motor car.

Red Bull GRC will also return to X Games Austin this year for an invitational event at the world’s premier action sports competition. The non points-paying event will take place on June 5-6, inbetween the championship’s two Florida rounds.

THE TEAMS

This year seven teams, represented by 12 drivers running a mix of four of the world’s best rallycross cars will be taking to the track over the course of the season. This year’s field contains two new teams, and four returning race winning teams, as well as two series champion drivers and five race winners – two of which tie for the all-time wins record.

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross –Volkswagen Beetle

#34 Tanner Foust and #77 Scott Speed

Following their début season which saw them campaign WRC-based Polos as their purpose-built Beetles were being developed, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross are back.

The Indy 500 winning squad took four wins last year with Scott Speed triumphing three times en-route to third in the championship standings. Tanner Foust added a victory in New York after what was a difficult start to the season for the two-time champion.

Now with a year’s experience under their belts and arguably the strongest driver pairing in the field, Michael Andretti’s squad will be expected to be right at the sharp end from the off.

Subaru Rally Team USA – Subaru WRX STI

#11 Sverre Isachsen and #81 Bucky Lasek

A Red Bull Global Rallycross stalwart, the Vermont Sportscar-run Subaru Rally Team USA finally took their first main event win last season when Sverre Isachsen triumphed at Dirtfish, in the heart of Subaru country. Skateboarding superstar Bucky Lasek added three more podiums for the team in what really was a breakout year for the the Maryland native.

However, after campaigning the hatchback Impreza since the series’ inception, 2015 will see Subaru run the new sedan WRX STI, a car that’s already proved a success in North American motorsport by winning two events out of two in the Rally America competition.

Red Bull GRC is a whole different ball game however, so this will be a team to keep an eye on throughout the course of the year.

Olsbergs MSE – Ford Fiesta ST (Olsbergs)

#24 Mitchell DeJong and #31 Joni Wiman

As Red Bull Global Rallycross champions of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Olsbergs go into 2015 as the team to beat. With a pair of Red Bull-backed GRC Lites champions behind the wheel in Mitchell DeJong and Joni Wiman, they’re in the perfect position the challenge for silverware once more.

In addition to his 2013 Lites triumph, Wiman of course took the Red Bull GRC crown last year – his debut season in the Supercars category. DeJong meanwhile moves up to Supercars after taking seven out of nine wins last year en route to his own Lites title.

He may only be 17, but if Mitchell DeJong can adapt to the championship like his team mate did last year, Olsbergs and indeed the rest of us could be in for some excitement this year.

SH Racing Rallycross – Ford Fiesta ST (Olsbergs)

#07 Nelson Piquet Jr.

After coming ever so close to taking the title last year, former Formula One, NASCAR racer and Formula E race winner Nelson Piquet Jr. is back for another tilt at the championship with SH Racing.

Despite not winning a race, the versatile Brazilian took four consecutive podiums and led the points standings for much of last season.

Along with new sponsor Hydroxycut, the son of three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet will be hoping for better luck this year as he sets his sights on wins and the championship.

Hoonigan Racing – Ford Fiesta ST (M-Sport)

#43 Ken Block

Ken Block came close to finally taking the Red Bull Global Rallycross title last year. Often the fastest car on track, Block took his Fiesta ST to victory lane twice – It could have easily been three if it wasn’t for a spectacular roll in the final of the opening round in Barbados, an event he had dominated until that point.

As in 2014, Block has chosen Red Bull GRC as his sole full-time focus. Last season that choice paid off as the Californian enjoyed his best ever season in Red Bull GRC.

This year the superstar Gymkhana sensation will be hoping to avoid bad luck and iron out any mistakes and fight at the front once more.

Chip Ganassi Racing – Ford Fiesta ST (M-Sport)

#00 Steve Arpin, #38 Brian Deegan and TBC

Following the lead of Andretti Autosport last year, IndyCar giants Chip Ganassi Racing have expanded into Red Bull Global Rallycross for 2015.

Fielding a pair of Fiesta STs built by the legendary M-Sport squad in Cumbria, England, Ganassi will be looking to be competitive right from the off. The car is a proven race winner and both of their drivers, Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan, have been on the podium before now.

Steve Arpin is in for the full season but Deegan is only running a part-time schedule so look out for other drivers being announced in the future.

Bryan Herta Rally Sport – Ford Fiesta ST (M-Sport)

#14 Austin Dyne and #18 Patrik Sandell

Another new team and another team running M-Sport’s strong Fiesta package, Bryan Herta has increased his involvement in Red Bull GRC for 2015, running this two-car team alongside his existing IndyCar operation.

After a strong début season, Austin Dyne, son of series boss Colin, returns with DC race winner Patrik Sandell moving over from Olsbergs to drive the sister car.

THREE TO WATCH

Although likely to be the closest, most competitive series on the planet, with any one of the 12 confirmed drivers capable of winning a main event, here are just three drivers you should keep an eye on this season:

Steve Arpin

2015 could well be the making of Steve Arpin. The likeable Canadian has been racing in Red Bull GRC since 2013, securing his first podium finish in Barbados last year.

This season the former NASCAR driver has one of the best cars underneath him and one of the best racing organisations in the world behind him, putting him in a prime position to challenge for wins week in, week out.

Tanner Foust

By his own standards 2014 wasn’t great for Tanner Foust. One win and ninth in the final points standings is not what we’ve come to expect of Red Bull GRC’s most successful driver.

But with the Beetle now ready for a full season and already showing flashes of pace, could 2015 be the year that the Top Gear host returns to the fore? Perhaps, but with a field of this calibre he certainly has his work cut out.

Mitchell DeJong

After 2013 GRC Lites champion Joni Wiman impressed many last year by taking five podiums on his way to the Red Bull Global Rallycross title, many will be expecting his successor Mitchell DeJong to be just as competitive.

The youngster showed superb pace during his GRC Lites triumph last year, winning all but two races last year, breaking every single GRC Lites record in the process.

But can that success translate into Supercars?

 THREE BIG QUESTIONS

It not just drivers you need to keep an eye out for, with many themes developing and questions to be answered over the course of the year:

Will we have another winless champion?

Last year’s four-way Vegas title showdown featured two drivers who didn’t manage to win a race over the course of the season (or indeed their Red Bull GRC careers up to that point). Ultimately, it was one of those drivers, Joni Wiman, who prevailed.

A winless champion is by no means a bad thing. In fact if anything it highlights the competitive nature of the championship. Could it happen again? Well anything is possible but with the mix of cars and drivers competing this year, it has to be said that it’s unlikely.

How will the new teams fare?

Two new teams have joined the fray this year with Chip Ganassi Racing and Bryan Herta Rally Sport.

Andretti Autosport proved last year that it was possible to come into the championship with the right resources and win races and challenge for championships. Many will judge the new teams against the Volkswagen outfit’s 2014 success but with proven cars and drivers at both teams’ disposal, it will certainly be intriguing to see how they mix with the more experienced campaigners.

Will each car win a race this year?

Last year all five cars that entered full time won a race. This year that number is four with two of them entering a full season for the first time.

The Fiestas from M-Sport and Olsbergs are proven main event winners while Andretti’s Beetle has already shown strong speed, taking a heat win on it’s début in LA last year.

But like Subaru’s new WRX STI, it has yet to run a full season or take a main event win in it’s short career. Can that change this year? Probably. Can Subaru add to their sole win of 2014? That’s perhaps too early to tell. But it will certainly be interesting to see if all four cars can work their way into the winner’s circle over the course of the year.

Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan will compete as Ganassi goes after younger fan demographic

March 26th, 2015

Seeking more avenues to burnish a mounting racing legacy and new fans to appreciate it, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams has launched a two-car program in the burgeoning Global Rallycross series.

Ganassi, who has emerged as one of the most diverse and successful owners in motorsports the last 25 years, announced the project Wednesday with multi-regimen action star Brian Deegan and GRC regular Steve Arpin as drivers.

Ganassi’s teams campaign Chevrolets in NASCAR and IndyCar, but will utilize Fords like their TUDOR United SportsCar program beginning with the May 31 opener in Tampa, Fla., because of Ford’s performance history in the series, said Ganassi president Steve Lauletta.

Ganassi has built a winning resume in other series, having captured the Indianapolis 500 four times, the Daytona 500, the Rolex 24 a record six times (including this January), the Sebring 12-Hour and 17 total championships.

“Make no mistake about it,” Ganassi said, “we are in this series to win, both on and off the race track.”

That’s been the plan for more than a year. Lauletta said the project, vetted by team junkets to the X Games and the season finale in Las Vegas last year, continues the plan “to begin to position our team and our brand as a place for the younger race fan to gravitate to.” The plan originally was centered on leveraging the youth and potential of Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson, 22, part-time Xfinity Series driver Dylan Kwasniewski, 19, and IndyCar driver Sage Karam, 20.

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And whereas NASCAR teams have in recent seasons signed action stars such as Travis Pastrana, Ricky Carmichael and James Stewart and attempted to integrate them and their youthful fans into stock car racing, Ganassi and IndyCar counterpart Andretti Autosport before it went the other direction. Ganassi is joining a series that boasts a fan base that, according to GRC, is an average of 10 years younger than that of other motorsports and two-thirds of which is in the lucrative 18-to-29-year-old demographic.

“Watching everybody in motorsports trying to develop their product and attract a younger fan base, GRC has a lot of that, those things that people in the sport would identify as what’s needed to be done,” Lauletta told USA TODAY Sports. “Shorter time frame, the fact that it’s driven social media, digital media, the access you get in the paddock, the cars being the cars that a younger demo can go buy.

“All those things are really right on target and so if you’re looking at it, as we are, we’re not only a race team, we’re a motorsports marketing platform. Having that younger audience is really important and I think a lot of teams will start looking seriously at it.”

Global Rallycross contests two divisions – Super Cars and GRC Lites – over a 12-race schedule that includes a stop at Daytona International Speedway and two races in Barbados.

Ford, Volkswagen, Subaru and Chevrolet are official partners of the series, supplying 600-horsepower production models of their compact sports cars that are retrofitted with chassis, engine and safety upgrades to enable acceleration to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and the durability to endure 70-foot jumps and courses over various types of terrain.

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Ganassi’s GRC operation will be housed in its Concord, N.C., NASCAR shop and be overseen by former Ford World Rally Championship engineer Carl Goodman. About 10 employees are expected to be hired, Lauletta said. Ganassi is partnering with Loenbro, an industrial company, in the GRC effort.

Ganassi often deploys his driver roster beyond their normal regimens to great effect, with Sprint Cup drivers Larson and Jamie McMurray teaming with IndyCar counterparts Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan to win the Rolex 24 this season. Dixon, a three-time IndyCar champion, had hoped the GRC team would be run out of Indianapolis to allow him to satisfy his curiosity. He sounded hopeful of getting a chance in a Ganassi car although his last rally run ended with a crash “after about four corners.”

“Hopefully when I get a drive in one of those – that would (be) pretty sweet – hopefully I can make it a full lap,” he told USA TODAY Sports.

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Much more will be expected of Deegan, a 16-time X-Games medalist. Deegan will drive the No. 38 RockStar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST in seven events as part of a schedule that also includes Freestyle Motocross and Monster Jam. Arpin, a former ARCA driver who contested seven races in the Xfinity Series for JR Motorsports in 2010, will run a full season in the No. 00 ENEOS Ford Fiesta ST.

“I look forward to working with them and building a winning GRC program that can win GRC championships,” Deegan said in a release.

Regular GRC competitors include action sports veterans Pastrana, Ken Block and Tanner Foust, and former open wheel and NASCAR driver Nelson Piquet Jr. Andretti Autosport added former Formula 1 and Sprint Cup driver Scott Speed to its lineup with Foust for this season.

Now Ganassi Racing hopes to assimilate, adding a younger breed of fan to its roles and a grittier brand of trophy to its collection. But it’s unlikely the owner, ubiquitous in his white Oxford atop NASCAR and IndyCar pit boxes, will attempt to blend into GRC with a flat-brimmed cap and T-shirt.

“Yeah,” Lauletta laughed. “You can ask him to wear that.”

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GRC Inquiries: Steve Arpin

July 3rd, 2014

Throughout the season, Rally XYZ will profile a Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) personality with a series of questions about not only their racing career, but about their life outside of racing as well. This edition of “GRC Inquiries” features Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 driver Steve Arpin, full-time pilot of the No. 00 Royal Purple Ford Fiesta ST during the 2014 GRC season.

XYZ: First off, what is one venue you would like to see GRC visit in future seasons?

Arpin: I would definitely like to get somewhere up in the midwest. Growing up there and racing in the dirt cars, there are so many passionate race fans. It’s not necessarily just NASCAR, or just dirt-track racing, or Late Models, or sprint cars — it’s just for motorsports in general. Like, all of the fans up there are just so passionate about motorsports in general, and I think we could go up there and put on a heck of a show for everyone. And I think it would be one of our most popular — as far as attendance wise — events that we go to, because the race fans up there are just so passionate about everything. So I would say somewhere up in Iowa, Minnesota, that area. I’d love to get up there.

XYZ: Would going to the midwest be more for introducing GRC to those fans, or do you think they’d already be pretty versed in the discipline?

Arpin: I think it’d be a little bit of both. I think there are a lot of race fans who are aware of it, but at the same time, not all that educated on it — and I was one of them getting into rallycross. It was something that I was very aware of, but for all intents and purposes, not very smart about…you know what I mean? I just knew it was cool. I knew they jumped cars, raced on dirt, asphalt, raced in the rain, whatever — it’s awesome. *laughs* But the more I got into it, the more I learned about it, and it’s actually, in my eyes, one of the more exciting forms of racing. Everything that goes into it, the strategies that are involved, the fast pace it is — it’s just really neat. So to get back to your question as far as if it would be more introducing them to it or just kind of bringing it to them, I think it would be a little bit of both.

XYZ: Who is one driver — from any motorsports discipline or series — you would like to compete against in a GRC event?

Arpin: Who I would like to compete against? The worst part is, they’d probably come out and kick my butt. *laughs* I want all those fast guys to stay where they’re at. I would say…that’s a tough question, because I’ve raced so many different things. Honestly, one guy who I think would be really cool to see is Kurt Busch — just simply because he’s right in the in the middle right now. He just came off of The Double, the IndyCar thing and the Coke 600. I shouldn’t say “the IndyCar thing” — the Indy 500. *laughs* And he just shows his diversity, you know what I mean? I think it would be really neat for him to come over here and do it again on the rallycross side of things.

XYZ: Well, he did test a GRC car last year.

Arpin: He did. I was up there with him, actually.

XYZ: On which areas of a GRC course are you most confident, and where do you feel you need to improve?

Arpin: I think even if I was winning every race, I still need to improve everywhere. There’s always, always, always — regardless of how fast you are — a faster way to get around, so the moment you stop looking for areas to improve is the moment that the rest are going to catch you and beat you. But as far as right now, my strengths, I would say, are definitely the dirt sections. As far as key areas that I’m really focusing on improving right now for myself as a driver, on the asphalt side of things, is not overdriving the corners. These cars have so much acceleration and such big brakes on them that they stop so fast, so it’s easy to overdrive the corner and attack the corner too hard, and it really affects your corner-exit speed. That’s something that I’m trying to train myself to essentially just make natural, so I just naturally shut down for the corner at the right time to have the maximum speed on exit possible.

XYZ: GRC is a very unique series, in both its driver demographics and competition style. What influenced your decision to begin competing in GRC, and what is your favorite aspect of being a part of the series — on or off the track?

Arpin:  *laughs* [Unique] is an understatement. The thing that influenced me the most to get involved — it was actually a number of things, it wasn’t one overlying thing. But the first thing that definitely popped into my mind is obviously that for my entire life, I’ve been pursuing a career in racing. With the economy struggling the way it has been, that directly affects motorsports — the sponsorship — and the NASCAR thing was a very, very tough sell to be able to get involved and be in a competitive piece of equipment. And one of the things that attracted me most about GRC is, number one, the demographic that it attracts and all of the sponsors that we’ve been talking to. In the past, [these sponsors] were always looking for the demographic that NASCAR didn’t get, and now that’s the exact demographic that we get over here in GRC. So from a career perspective, I saw a lot more of a future — a long-term future, from that aspect.

And one of the coolest things about being involved in it, one of the best parts about GRC, is something that I would struggle with on the other side of the fence — on the asphalt stuff — is that I love how involved and how much access the fans have on the GRC side of things. Because honestly, it wasn’t that long ago that I was one of those fans on the other side of the fence trying to get in, trying to just get up there to see my favorite driver, see the cars, see what was going on, and maybe be able to like catch an autograph or something, you know what I mean? It’s hard — especially on the NASCAR side of things — it’s really hard to just get an opportunity to get in there. On the GRC side of things, it’s wide open. It’s like, you come right on in when you buy a grandstand ticket that gets you into the pits, and that’s what it’s all about in my eyes.

XYZ: When it comes to on-track conduct, do you try to give all competitors an equal amount of respect, or are you more of the “treat others the way they treat you” type?

Arpin: *laughs* Well, I think it all starts with an equal amount of respect for everyone. You’ve got to take care of your own equipment. If you’re going to do damage to someone else’s equipment, you’re typically doing damage on your own too, so it’s never something that I would go out and put myself in that position and say “I’m going to go wreck that guy.” But — and this is true for any form of motorsports — as you get racing with guys, there are guys who you just have to race differently. There are some guys who are just absolute nutjobs on the racetrack who you just do not dare go into a corner with side by side — and I will not say Sverre Isachsen’s name right now. *laughs* But then there are other guys like Scott Speed, or Nelson Piquet Jr., or Bucky Lasek, or lots of these guys who are great to race with, you know what I mean? So it’s one of those deals where everyone starts with the same amount of respect — and it’s not so much a loss-of-respect thing, it’s just that you learn how you have to race certain people.

XYZ: Had you never been introduced to racing, what career would you have chosen?

Arpin: What career would I have gone into? *pauses* Gosh, everything I’ve ever done has been dictated by racing. *pauses* You know what? When I was younger, I always wanted to be a teacher.

XYZ: Really? What would you teach?

Arpin: I don’t know, something that would be fun that I could be goofy and stupid at.

XYZ: So, maybe little kids?

Arpin: *pauses* Yeah! I don’t know, like small enough that you’re going to have a blast with them and you can be silly and goofy and have fun, but actually learn something. But not big enough where they really talk back to you — before they have a complete mind of their own yet. Right in that fun section, you know what I mean?

XYZ: Yeah. Kind of in the impressionable state.

Arpin: Yep.

XYZ: Social media is huge these days, especially where fan interaction is concerned. What is your preferred social-media platform, and how often do you find yourself using it?

Arpin: Well, I’m moving up in the world, right? So I just finally got an Instagram, and I love it because I can do an Instagram and I can hit Facebook and Twitter, and it does it all in one shot. It’s like a package deal on Instagram, so I’m a big Instagram fan here lately. Social media is definitely one of my weak points, because for a long time, the only time I would think to tweet or anything would be when I was in the bathroom doing something. *laughs* I’d be sitting there kind of bored, just hanging out, and it’s like, “hey, I should tweet!” But it’s like, at that point, what do you tweet about? *laughs*

XYZ: I don’t think you’re the only one who that happens to. Speaking of fans, what is your most memorable fan encounter?

Arpin: At the Atlanta Children’s Hospital last year, one of the boys who came in there was extremely sick, and he was — it was Tanner Foust and I there — and he was honestly the happiest kid. Like, he wasn’t in good shape health wise whatsoever, but he still had such a positive attitude. He was absolutely beside himself to meet Tanner and I — he was just so excited. He had no hair or anything from going through all of the chemotherapy and whatnot, but he still had such an awesome outlook on life. And it’s one of those things that every time I think I’m having a bad day, or I’m feeling bad for myself, or pouting, or this and that — since that moment, it’s really honestly come back to me probably twenty times. It’s like, a bad day at the racetrack can never be as bad as what that young fellow was going through, so that’s honestly been one of the most impactful moments with a fan in my life.

XYZ: Wow, I’ve never heard one like that. That’s a really awesome story.

Arpin: Yeah, it was really neat. It just really set things into perspective for what life’s all about, you know what I mean?

XYZ: For sure. So off the racetrack, what is a hobby or activity of yours that most people either don’t know about or wouldn’t expect you to enjoy?

Arpin: For the longest time, I flew remote-control airplanes and I loved it. It was like, that was my escape. I would grab one of my planes — I had 13 remote-control jets at one point, a couple of them went over 100mph — and it was just like my escape. I would go out, and there was this development that was built and all of the roads were paved but no houses were built in it yet, so regardless of where the wind was blowing, I always had a paved runway to take off into the wind. I called it “Arpin International” — it was my own little airport that they built for me. But then they went and built the houses in it, and the locals didn’t like me flying my planes in there anymore because I crashed one right into the side of some guy’s Lexus. *laughs*

So since then, I sold off all of the planes — because I did start to get a little too brave with them and crash them a little bit too often, and it gets really expensive. And honestly, lately, one of the hobbies I’ve taken up — Scott Speed’s gotten me into it, actually — is go-karting out at the motorplex here. That’s just kind of like a hobby, but training at the same time. For the GRC stuff, it really helps with what I was talking about with speed, and not over driving the corners and whatnot. So it would be that, and honestly I’m kind of at the point in my life — I’m 30 years old and I’m getting married this year, and my fiancé and I just love to hang out and chill. Really, it’s kind of at the point where it doesn’t matter what we do, just as long as we’re doing something together, we’re having fun. Whether it be boating, or going hiking, or walking, or going to the gym, or just anything, we’re pretty content. We’re pretty easy people to please.

XYZ: Lastly, aggressive driving is a part of the job description of racing. When it comes to driving on the street, do some of those aggressive habits ever tend to carry over?

Arpin: Let’s just put it this way. Let’s just be real, alright — am I aggressive when I’m on the street? I don’t know if I would call it aggressive, but I do happen to get told I’m number one by lots of other drivers driving down the street on a regular basis — including my fiancé. She hates to ride with me.

XYZ: Are you sure she’s not just showing off her engagement ring?

Arpin: *laughs* Wrong finger.

Photo credit: Alison Padron

Striving for speed: Steve Arpin looks to capitalize on momentum, focus on improvement in sophomore championship campaign

July 3rd, 2014

Consistency is the main factor to determine the outcome of any championship, but in a sport that is continually focused on innovation, a constant effort to improve is necessary to stay consistent — and that’s what sets the top contenders apart from the rest.

As one of those top contenders three races into the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) season, Steve Arpin’s effort to be consistent has resulted in exponential improvement so far this season, but the driver acknowledges that there is still work to be done.

“To be third in points three races in — considering where we were last year — is obviously a huge pickup for us,” Arpin said. “We’re doing well. But at the same time, you can’t take that for granted, and you can’t stop working.”

Arpin showcased that pickup almost immediately, despite admitting that the team began the season at somewhat of a deficit due to a minimal amount of offseason testing as compared to other teams. Once Arpin’s Royal Purple Ford Fiesta ST took to the track for its sophomore campaign in the series, the lost ground was all but made up as the driver recorded a runner-up finish in the Barbados season opener. Even with the challenge presented by Arpin’s lack of track time since last year’s finale in Las Vegas, the driver was able to start the season off solidly — and keep the pace.

“We were kind of starting [this season] right where we left off [in Las Vegas], and that was below average,” Arpin said. “So we definitely came a long way just from the start of practice in Barbados to where we’re at now, and I’m definitely pleased with that.”

Despite coming a long way in just three races, Arpin still has seven remaining to continue his current stride — and with contention for a championship well within reach, the driver plans to do just that.

“We definitely need to get some more speed and be in contention for wins to be able to have hopes of the championship,” Arpin said. “So we’re going to keep working at it, and hopefully we can get the Royal Purple Ford up front.”

As a series that does not compete on a weekly basis throughout the year, opportunities to get the car up front are more seldom in GRC than Arpin is used to. A driver accustomed to racing nightly dirt-track races and who is fairly new to rallycross, the stretch of three-straight GRC races that starts in New York will be “right back to being at home” for Arpin.

“I still have a lot to learn in these rallycross cars, and there’s still a lot of improvement I can do on myself as a driver,” Arpin said. “Having the opportunity to be in the car week after week [for three weeks], I think that will help me a lot as a driver — being able just to get that repetition and learn all these things, and not have a month off before the next race.”

Not taking time off between races presents more than just the advantage of repetition, as Arpin said that he can take all of the things he learns in one race and “turn that right around” to apply the next week — something that the team could have benefitted from following the D.C. race.

“One of the things that really helped us in D.C. is that we didn’t have any mechanical problems with the car, so we were able to really focus on setup and making the car go faster,” Arpin said. “So that’s one thing that we’ve really talked about so far since D.C., is that we really need to make sure that we’re prepared going into the next race to do as much preventative maintenance as we can.”

Even with the preventative measures, however, Arpin said that there are “a lot of things” that are out of the team’s control — but preparation will allow for the team to put more focus on what’s important.

“I just want to make sure we’re able to go out there and do the same thing [that we did in D.C.] again — able to really focus on speed and making the car better and better each and every run,” Arpin said. “If you’re able to do that, your results speak for themselves.”

The drivers who Arpin finds himself amongst in the championship standings recognize that too, so optimal results will be key to stay near the top of the board — and those results won’t come without work.

“[The other top-three drivers are] tough, and they’re not going to quit working,” Arpin said. “They’re not going to quit trying to get faster, so that just means we have to work a little bit harder than they are to hopefully get an edge on them.”

Getting an edge on the other drivers revolves around multiple factors, each of which need constant improvement. No matter the other competitors, though, Arpin’s goal for each race weekend remains the same.

“I just want to keep on getting better each and every week,” Arpin said. “I want to come out of the gate with speed.”

Photo credit: Alison Padron

Steve Arpin Continues to Impress with Fourth Place Finish at Red Bull Global Rallycross DC

June 26th, 2014

Steve Arpin’s sophomore season in Red Bull Global Rallycross continues to impress, as the Canadian-born driver finished fourth in Sunday’s event held at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. Arpin, who remains third in points through the first three races of the 2014 season, won his first semifinal race of the season to earn a front row spot in the final and ran in the top five throughout the main event in the #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta.

“I’m really happy with the way my weekend turned out,” Arpin said. “We entertained a lot of great Royal Purple guests and I’m glad they got to see a good result. It was a great track in DC and I think we left a really good impression, and I’m especially pleased with the way my Royal Purple Ford Fiesta ran all weekend. We would have loved to finish higher than fourth, but we’re definitely in the hunt for this championship.”

Arpin posted the sixth fastest time in seeding on the 10-turn, purpose-built rallycross course and put on strong drives in both of his heat races, finishing second both times but coming within about a second of the leader in each case. In the semifinals, Arpin closed in on Patrik Sandell before taking the joker lane on the fourth lap to lead through the rest of the session and transfer to the final.

In the main event, Arpin ran consistently within the top five, passing Tanner Foust for fourth place in the middle of the event and coming within a second of Joni Wiman for a step on the podium. When all was said and done, Arpin and his Ford completed a 1-2-3-4 sweep for the manufacturer.

Steve Arpin will return to Red Bull Global Rallycross competition on July 19-20 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York. Tickets for the event are available at http://www.rbgrcny.com.

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GRC PERSONALITIES// STEVE ARPIN: STARTING THE YEAR OFF RIGHT!

June 4th, 2014

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It was definitely a whirlwind leading up to the first race of the Red Bull Global Rallycross season. Last year I didn’t really know what I was getting into, so I didn’t really know how to prepare for it! But this year, having a year under my belt and knowing a lot more about the series and what I need to do to perform to my fullest, it just opened up a bunch of new doors for new types of preparation. So it definitely was a bunch more work leading up to Barbados, but it was fun work!

Having Royal Purple back for a second year has been exciting, and we’re really trying to grow this program and get more involved, both on and off the track with them. They’ve been more involved on and off the racetrack—all of the Ford cars are now running Royal Purple lubricants. The engine builder went through a lot of extensive testing over the winter, and found that the quality of Royal Purple products are an advantage to our program. It’s about longevity and protection, the ability to push things to their limits and know that you’re protected.

Getting to Barbados, who ever thought, who ever knew—and I know I’ve said this, over and over—that I would go from racing go-karts at Riverside Speedway in Ontario to racing rallycross at the Top Gear Festival? It’s just mind-blowing to me. Getting there, it was so cool how nice everyone was on the island. I’d go back there for vacation anytime, just to go back and be with that kind of people. They’re so nice, so friendly, and they love motorsports. Talk about racing enthusiasts—I bet some of the biggest racing fans on earth are on that island. Then showing up at the facility, seeing everything that was going on, seeing some of the cars that they had there, was phenomenal. It was such an experience and such an honor to be a part of something that big. And I got to see Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car! What more could you ask for? It was still hot from getting off the racetrack!

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We had some mechanical issues in practice and lost a bunch of practice time, but I think one of the biggest things right now, first and foremost, is that I’m not a road racer at all. And that first track in Barbados was typically a road course with a little bit of dirt and a jump in there. So it was a big learning curve for me! Road racing in general is new for me, and this radial tire is different than anything we had last year. I said at Media Day that I thought this new tire was going to favor Scott Speed, and I think that was pretty self-explanatory. I felt like Deegan and I were racing for our own win, and Scott was in his own zip code, because I couldn’t even see him!

But it was fun! I had the wildest ride I think I’ve ever had in a racecar, going over that jump and landing completely sideways. Unfortunately, I think we got a flat tire, but that ride was still so much fun, going over the jump like that. It wasn’t intentional, but it was wild! Every time we went on the racetrack, I tried to make sure that we learned something‚ where my biggest mistakes were in the last run, and we got better and better each and every time we were out there. Scott and I walked the racetrack, and he showed me a bunch of key points that you really need to focus on, places where maybe it’s important to carry a lot of speed, but at the same time it’s easy to lose speed there. That helped me a bunch.

When we got to the main, it was a wild start, and we made it all the way to the last corner before we had a big pile-up, which was a huge success compared to some of what we encountered last year with the first-corner pile-ups. But I had a front row seat for Ken Block’s incident, and that was wild. I kind of breathed a sigh of relief when I saw him walk away, because he took a hard hit. When we got back racing, it was kind of like flipping a coin—you’re starting in the back row, you can barrel off hard in the first corner, take a chance and maybe get wrecked, or you can lay off, let everything sort out, and try picking everyone off one by one. The majority of the guys took the joker right off the bat, but we decided not to, to save it for later and try to make up as much ground as we could. We decided to wait for the joker, be strategic about it, and wait for when we could make the biggest impact with it.

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My spotter was great—Brad Manka from OMSE was my spotter, and he called it perfectly. We got caught back up to Deegan and Sverre and Nelson, and thank god Sverre was up there, because he was holding up the whole pack with his wild driving tactics! It allowed us to catch back up to them, use the joker, and we got all of them in one shot, from fifth into second.

When we decided not to take the joker at the start, it put us in a bit of a hole where we had to drive really hard to catch up to them. That put a lot of heat in my tires, and I started to feel the grip go. So after we got the joker lap and got into second, we had a fairly comfortable lead, and so we decided to back down and play with the tires, backing down to see if we would just be nice to the tires for a few laps, if the grip would come back. We backed off for a couple of laps and Deegan was kind of able to catch back up to us, but with the tires cooled down, we were able to go again and kind of pull back away. It was definitely a learning experience for what the tires will take, and what you need to give back to them to be able to run at the end of the race. I think that’ll really help later on in the year on the other courses, just knowing what the tires have, what they’ll give, and what you have to give back to get more out of them.

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Our Royal Purple Ford just drove good. We definitely have some work to do, I don’t think we were a second place car, but we used everything as it came to our advantage and tried to capitalize on every opportunity. Sometimes racing smart pays off and you get a good finish for it, and that was definitely the case for us in Barbados.

60 seconds with Steve Arpin

May 28th, 2014

In the latest 60 Seconds With… we catch up with US dirt racing superstar Steve Arpin as he concentrates on the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship.

How old are you?

30

Where are you from?

Fort Frances, Ontario, it’s a small town north of Minnesota

How long have you been racing?

I started racing when I was 10

What are you racing in 2014 and in what series?

In 2014 I am focusing solely on Red Bull GRC

What is your first motor sport related memory?

Hahaha, it wasn’t even at the racetrack!!! It was when I woke up Christmas morning, I was eleven years old, and I got my first real race kart! It was incredible, just sitting there under the Christmas tree waiting to go for a ride!!

What and where was your first race?

First race was at the Riverside Speedway in Rainy River, Ontario. It was in an old go kart!

What is your best racing memory?

Winning the Wissota 100 will always be up on my list. That was our Super Bowl of dirt racing and I was only 18 years old I think.  Craig thatcher was my idol and I got to pass him for the win!! It was such a rush!

What are your hopes for the rest of the season?

Consistency is everything this year.  We have now shown that we are competitive, we just need to keep that up throughout the year and be smart about it.  Hopefully putting us in a great position points wise as the season comes to a close

What are your long term plans?

I really feel like I’ve found a home here in the GRC and I want to stick around for awhile. Royal purple has been a great partner and the series is experiencing such tremendous growth.  It’d be fun to grow my career together with the Red Bull GRC and Royal Purple

One song you would listen to to prepare yourself for a race?

Haha, the funny thing is, I’ve never listened to music to get me all jacked up before a race!! I’m more of one of those guys that just likes to chill in the peace and quiet and really focus on what’s ahead of me.  But, if I were to put my headphones on to get all revved up, you’d probably find some sort of rap playing! Makes you feel like a little bit of a bad ass!

ARPIN TAKES SECOND ON THE PODIUM IN BARBADOS

May 19th, 2014

BARBADOS – (May 18, 2014) Scott Speed overcame a mechanical failure to win this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross event at Top Gear Festival Barbados, the first event of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season. It was the third career victory in the series for Speed, who transferred to the final via heat victory in the debut of the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross program.

“It was an awesome weekend,” said Speed. “We had the speed right away, but with a big mechanical in the heat race, we had to come from behind from that point on. The guys did a great job twice, getting the car ready to make qualifying and to make the last heat.

“We were hoping that we were going to win our first time out, but it’s really special for everyone at Andretti and Volkswagen. We’re all going to celebrate really good tonight!”

Steve Arpin and Brian Deegan, two drivers to advance to the final via the last chance qualifier, rounded out the podium in second and third place, respectively. The event marked Arpin’s first career podium finish, while Deegan scored his fourth podium finish in the past seven Red Bull GRC events, dating back to last July. Formula 1 veteran Nelson Piquet Jr. and defending GRC Lites champion rounded out the top five.

“What a spectacular event,” said Arpin. “A podium at Red Bull GRC Top Gear Festival Barbados, this couldn’t be any better. The fans here are incredible. I don’t know what to say right now. It’s just spectacular.”

The final was briefly red-flagged after an incident between Ken Block and Joni Wiman. After Wiman passed Block in the second-to-last corner, Block hit a curb, sending his car upside down and sliding into the concrete barrier on the frontstretch. Block walked out of the car under his own power, while his representatives confirmed that he was not injured.

The event was held at Barbados’ Bushy Park Circuit, the country’s premier motorsports facility, which received an extensive reworking in preparation for the weekend-long event. Other activities with ties to Red Bull GRC included a race between Block, in his rallycross-spec Ford Fiesta ST, and Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, as well as two-time series champion Tanner Foust drag racing Top Gear host James May in a tractor.

Full results of Red Bull Global Rallycross at Top Gear Festival Barbados are as follows:

  1. Scott Speed, #77 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Polo
  2. Steve Arpin, #00 Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford Fiesta ST
  3. Brian Deegan, #38 Rockstar Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST
  4. Nelson Piquet Jr., #07 SH Racing Rallycross Ford Fiesta ST
  5. Joni Wiman, #31 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  6. Sverre Isachsen, #11 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru
  7. Rhys Millen, #67 RMR Hyundai
  8. Patrik Sandell, #18 Olsbergs MSE Ford Fiesta ST
  9. Austin Dyne, #14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta ST
  10. Ken Block, #43 Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta ST
  11. Tanner Foust, #34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Volkswagen Polo
  12. Emma Gilmour, #27 RMR Hyundai
  13. Bucky Lasek, #81 Subaru Rally Team USA Subaru

Red Bull Global Rallycross from Top Gear Festival Barbados will be broadcast on Saturday, May 24 at 1PM ET on NBC. The next round of the series will take place at X Games Austin, held at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, June 7.

Photo credit: Alison Padron

Steve Arpin Returns to Red Bull Global Rallycross for Sophomore Season

May 14th, 2014

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Steve Arpin Returns to Red Bull Global Rallycross for Sophomore Season

Steve Arpin has announced his return to OMSE2 for a second Red Bull Global Rallycross season. Driving the newly renumbered #00 Royal Purple Ford Fiesta, Arpin will compete in every Red Bull GRC race for the second consecutive season and aims to win this year’s championship.

“I’m really excited to return to Red Bull Global Rallycross this season,” said Arpin. “I learned a lot about what it takes to succeed in GRC last year, and I’m looking forward to applying my newly gained experience and knowledge this year. We are going to go hard for the championship. I can’t wait to get this season started!”

For 2014, Arpin will return to using the #00 that he made famous as a dirt racer across North America. For more than a decade, the famed #00 saw numerous victories and championships, including 35 feature wins in the 2006 and 2007 seasons alone.

Primary sponsor Royal Purple has also renewed their partnership with Arpin after backing him as a Red Bull Global Rallycross newcomer in 2013. Arpin made it to six of nine main events, went onto an eighth place points finish, and rounded out third best of all first-year drivers. His best finish came in the season opener at X Games Brazil, when he finished fourth. He also ranked third in the series’ Fan Favorite Driver of the Year poll.

“I could not be happier about working with Royal Purple for a second consecutive year,” said Arpin. “After getting to know them during our time together last year, it was easy to see why they are such a successful company. Having Royal Purple in Red Bull Global Rallycross generates the perfect recipe for a strong partnership—their high-performance lubricant lends itself seamlessly to our Ford Fiesta while meeting every demand of this sport. Their product speaks for itself, and I am honored to be able to cultivate my career along with this remarkable and emerging company.”

“We are excited to continue our association with Steve in the Red Bull Global Rallycross for 2014,” said Randy Fisher, Royal Purple Marketing Director. “Throughout his first year campaign Steve had shown the ability to outperform on the track, so we look forward to him continuing his growth in the Supercar series and achieving success in the Royal Purple #00.”

Loenbro, a company in the oil and gas construction industry based in Great Falls, MT, will also sponsor Arpin in 2014, renewing a relationship that dates back to his dirt racing days and has carried forth through his stock car racing exploits and to the present day. “We are ecstatic about working with Steve and the GRC this year!” said President Paul Leach. “This is the perfect opportunity for our vastly growing company to create comradeship and spirit within our organization. Red Bull Global Rallycross will be the perfect partner to reinforce team spirit in the culture of Loenbro.”

“Loenbro has been such a fundamental support system in my career since the very beginning,” noted Arpin. “It is absolutely amazing to see how this relationship we built by racing on dirt tracks has progressed these last few years.  Now we are headed to the Caribbean for this year’s season opener! I am so incredibly grateful for their continued support.”

Other partnerships are still being finalized and will be announced shortly. The 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season opens on May 17-18 as part of Top Gear Festival Barbados and continues with nine races in the United States, including a June 7 appearance at X Games Austin.

For more information please visit www.stevearpin.com.

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X Games Austin Invited ATHLETES ANNOUNCED

March 20th, 2014

Today ESPN has announced the first wave of athletes who will be invited to X Games Austin, including the drivers who have been invited to compete in the second round of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season.

The list includes numerous X Games veterans, including all-time leading X Games rally medalist Tanner Foust, former gold medal winners Travis Pastrana, Brian Deegan, and Scott Speed, and former GRC Lites drivers Joni Wiman and Austin Dyne. Of the drivers announced so far, 15 competed in GRC Supercars events at X Games last season.

Two female drivers will also make their X Games debut in Austin: drifting veteran Sarah Burgess and multiple New Zealand Rally Championship runner-up Emma Gilmour. They will become the first female athletes to compete in X Games rally events as drivers.

The full list of invited athletes is as follows:

  • Steve Arpin
  • Ken Block
  • Sarah Burgess
  • Brian Deegan
  • Austin Dyne
  • Tanner Foust
  • Emma Gilmour
  • Sverre Isachsen
  • Bucky Lasek
  • Bryce Menzies
  • Rhys Millen
  • Dave Mirra
  • Pat Moro
  • Travis Pastrana
  • Nelson Piquet Jr.
  • Patrik Sandell
  • Scott Speed
  • Guiga Spinelli
  • Joni Wiman

 

Global Rallycross Season Review: Steve Arpin

December 3rd, 2013

“This is an entirely new discipline of racing for me, with a new type of car, new type of racing surface, and new type of track,” Steve Arpin noted in the midst of his first Global Rallycross season. “I’ve never jumped a car, never had a car airborne before… or at least never intentionally had a car airborne before!”

That may have been true, but Arpin is no stranger to loose surface racing—he was a champion snowmobile racer and top dirt modified driver in the early stages of his racing career. Those skills translated into eighth place in the championship standings, a respectable run for a driver who spent most of the past few years chasing his stock car racing dreams on pavement.

The start of the season proved to be the brightest highlight: Arpin survived the first turn at X Games Brazil to finish fourth. He made six of nine main events, missing the final in only the first Munich race (third in the last chance qualifier), New Hampshire (falling out with mechanical troubles), and Los Angeles (not making it to the grid). While he had the advantage of OlsbergsMSE equipment beneath him, he also competed in a year-old car.

In fact, when Arpin made it to the final, it was usually because he had a top six car beneath him. He finished in the top six in the second leg of the Munich doubleheader, at Bristol, and at Charlotte, a home race for the Canadian transplant.

While accidents took Arpin out of the finals at Atlanta and Las Vegas, and may have left him frustrated on track, he stood out off track as one of the sport’s friendliest and most amicable drivers. Always entertaining fans, he was chosen to make appearances on behalf of the series—including a visit to Children’s Hospital Atlanta alongside Tanner Foust—and finished third in Fan Favorite Driver of the Year voting as a testament to his personality.

Beyond that, Arpin’s sense of humility endeared him to both his teammates and mechanics.

“It’s been such a cool year, such a cool experience, and I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many great people,” Arpin said after racing in Charlotte. “It’s just been such an incredible experience all year long.”

It’s an experience that he’s keen on continuing in 2014. Rest assured that the fans will be incredibly pleased to see him back behind the wheel.

Photo credit: Alison Padron

Global Rallycross Race Preview: X Games Munich

June 29th, 2013

IN BRIEF: It’s double the fun in Germany this weekend, as Global Rallycross stages a doubleheader event at X Games Munich this Saturday and Sunday.

TUNE IN INFORMATION: (all times Eastern)
• Saturday, 9:30 AM: ESPN3.com (live)
• Saturday, 7:00 PM: ABC
• Sunday, 11:00 AM: ESPN, ESPN3.com (live)

LAST RACE: Three drivers earned their first X Games medals in Foz do Iguaçu, with Scott Speed beating Toomas Heikkinen and Patrik Sandell to the line. OlsbergsMSE-prepared Ford Fiestastook the first five finishing positions, giving Ford a huge leg up in the race to defend its manufacturer’s championship.

DRIVER CHANGES: Three drivers will make their GRC season debuts in Munich, including two drivers making their rallycross debuts. Townsend Bell (OMSE2) and Mattias Ekstrom (Marklund Motorsport) are the two newcomers, while the third is a big name in the rallycross world: Timur Timerzyanov, the defending European Supercar champion and current points leader, who will substitute for the otherwise-occupied Travis Pastrana. Timerzyanov raced in last year’s seasonfinale, finishing ninth.

“I think it’s awesome having Timur involved,” says Bryce Menzies, Timerzyanov’s Pastrana Racing teammate for the weekend. “He has so much knowledge of changing stuff and trying new things, so I think it’s going to be good this weekend to see what ideas he has to make the cars faster.”

THE TRACK: The Munich layout is 807.3 meters long and features a nearly 60:40 ratio of gravel to tarmac. The eight turn course is constructed behind the Fröttmaning bus station near the Allianz Arena, earning it the nickname “FröttmaRing.” The combination of hairpin turns and long straightaways promises tough racing, high speeds andlots of passing.

“This track is completely different than what we’ve had for GRC and X Games,” said Sverre Isachsen. “This is more like what we have in Europe. This is really good.”

ON THE DOUBLE: X Games Munich will feature two races, to make up for the rain-cancelled X Games Barcelona event. These events will mark GRC’s first doubleheader since the inaugural 2011 season, but thefirst time in which two consecutive days of points-paying rallycross has been held. Only Marcus Gronholm was ever able to pull off a doubleheader sweep, doing so at Irwindale Speedway on March 25-26, 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FRIDAY AT X GAMES MUNICH:
Global Rallycross at X Games Munich: Friday Recap
Global Rallycross at X Games Munich: Track Walk with Ken Block

DRIVER POINTS:
Scott Speed, 21
Toomas Heikkinen, 18
Patrik Sandell, 15
Steve Arpin, 13
Brian Deegan, 12

MANUFACTURER POINTS:
Ford, 39
Dodge, 12

GRC Personalities // Steve Arpin: My Racing Heroes

May 31st, 2013

There’s a few people who I have nothing but the utmost respect for, people who I admire what they’ve accomplished in the racing world. The first one is definitely my father, though. He was such an inspiration to me—he taught me how far hard work goes, how far it can take you. He taught me all about how far going through everything and not leaving anything to chance will get you.

If not for what he taught me, there’s no chance that I would be where I’m at today in my racing career. I wouldn’t have been able to experience what I’ve been able to experience. My dad is definitely my racing hero.

Currently in the racing world, there are two people that I respect, and they’re kind of for different reasons. First and foremost, Carl Edwards has been an absolute godsend to me, as a friend, in life experiences and everything. He’s motivated me so much. The way Carl did it, the way Carl came up to where he’s at today, his background, is exactly the same as mine. He didn’t come from a whole bunch of money, he didn’t buy his way in, he didn’t do any of that—he worked his butt off and earned his way in. And for someone like me, it was just so much motivation that someone coming from where he came from achieved so much success.

I admire him for what he’s achieved, and how he’s been able to maintain who he is as a person and not forget where he came from through all of his success. It would be so easy for him to let everything he’s achieved go to his head, but he’s just a cool guy. The guy you see on TV, the guy you see on the Subway commercials, the guy you see in interviews at the race track, is the exact same guy you get when you’re shooting the breeze. I have so much respect for him for that.

He’s opened so many doors for me. He’s the type of guy that will help you, but he also wants to see you work for it too, which is really cool. He opened a lot of doors for me, and said “alright, here’s opportunity. Now you have to make it happen.” And I respect that. It’s a neat way to do things, rather than have someone in his position hand it to you.

In North Carolina, when I got the opportunity to go ARCA racing in 2009, I was essentially this kid that had a tiny little apartment built into a race shop in Minnesota. In the winter, when I woke up in the morning to turn the heat on in the shop, we had to shovel the snow from inside that blew in through the walls and the floor and haul it out in the morning. I had to establish myself down here, find a place to live, and it was like “what do I do?” And Carl was so good—he gave me a place to stay for a few months, so I was able to get on my own two feet. All the time in North Carolina before it happened, just trying to network and get my face in front of the right people, he always gave me a place to stay and a vehicle to drive.

He opened up so many doors for me and introduced me to so many people. To this day, we’ve turned out to be really good friends. And I respect him for who he is as a person, what he’s been able to achieve, and the person he’s remained. It’s truly an incredible story. The Carl Edwards story is truly an incredible story. If they made a movie about Carl Edwards and the life he’s lived, how he’s been able to get from where he started to where he’s at, it’d be a bigger hit than Days of Thunder! That’s something I would put on repeat on my TV. It’d be so inspirational and cool to watch. If I don’t make it in racing, I might try to make it into the movie business and try to make that movie! That’d be a career-maker right there!

As far as the other person I have the utmost respect for, it’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. That’s one of the doors Carl opened for me, at JR Motorsports, and he essentially said “go up and do your thing.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. took this no-name kid from Canada racing in ARCA, put me in the spotlight, and although it wasn’t a long-lasting opportunity or a full-time deal, he took a chance on me and made my mark in the sport. He made my name a known name within the NASCAR world. He owed me nothing.

To this day I have nothing but praise for that man for believing in me. And as much as the sport has turned into something so based on financial situations, how much you can bring to the table, how much you can pay bills, Dale Earnhardt Jr. took me and said “I don’t want you to worry about money. I just want you to go do your thing.” He believed in me, he believed in talent more so than what the rest of the sport turned into on the financial side of things. And that is so cool for a guy like him to just believe in people and still try and help make careers.

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Arpin Has Solid Performance In Global Rallycross Debut At X Games Brazil

April 23rd, 2013

LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2013 – He has raced almost everything with a motor and that experience helped Steve Arpin to a strong showing in his Global Rallycross and X Games debut at the season opening event in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.

Arpin, driving the #32 Royal Purple/OSME – Ford machine, used all the experience he has gathered in go-Karts, snowmobiles, dirt track racing and stockcars, to power his way to a solid qualifying session on Saturday. With lessons learned about the track and relying on his vast experience, Arpin finished second in his heat on Sunday to advance to the final later in the day. In the main event, Arpin avoided the dust-up at the start of the race and powered his way to a fourth place finish, just missing a chance for a medal.

“I have pretty much raced anything I could get my hands on and when the opportunity to race in Global Rallycross came up, I felt it was a neat opportunity,” said Arpin, who will be competing in the full Global Rallycross season. “It is a fast-growing series and when they say it is “action sports”, it is exactly that. The level of competition is very high, so I am happy with the result in my first race. I want to thank the Royal Purple/OSME – Ford team for their support this weekend. It was a team effort.”

“As a first time Global Rallycross competitor in the recently completed Brazil X Games, we were impressed by Steve’s ability to finish a strong fourth,” said Randy Fisher, Royal Purple Marketing Director. “Given his racing experience, we are pleased that he has quickly found success in a fast growing and exciting extreme sport that Royal Purple is proud to partner with.”

Global Rallycross, which debuted at X Games 16 in Los Angeles in 2010 and expanded nationally in 2012, held its first international event yesterday. The series opener was won in spectacular fashion by another newcomer, Formula 1, NASCAR and IndyCar driver Scott Speed, who was racing as part of the Global Rallycross Star Car Program. The series will resume on May 17-19 at the X Games Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

Global Rallycross combines the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense action in a fan-friendly environment. Global Rallycross pits production-based, small cars against each other for door-to-door racing featuring elements such as dirt, asphalt and jumps. Drivers progress through a series of heat races to advance into a final race, where winner takes all.

See what Steve Arpin had to say post qualifying at X Games Brazil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB2YJJvtyaI

See what Steve Arpin had to say post practice at X Games Brazil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkSeeVcXm7M

For more information on Global Rallycross, please log on to www.global-rallycross.com. For all media requests, please contact Kate Osborne kosborne@global-rallycross.com. Check out Global Rallycross Championship at facebook.com/globalrallycross and on twitter: @globalrallyx.

– SOURCE Global Rallycross

Steve Arpin Joins Global Rallycross Championship Team

April 10th, 2013

Will Make Debut at Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil X Games

CORNELIUS, N.C. (April 10, 2013) – Former NASCAR driver Steve Arpin is taking on a new challenge, competing full-time in the Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) in 2013. He will race for newly formed OMSE2, a satellite team to GRC powerhouse team OlsbergsMSE. His first race will be at Foz do Iguaçu, later this month in Brazil.

Arpin, originally from Canada and now residing in North Carolina, has been racing since he was 10 years old and most recently competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Moving from go-karts to snowmobiles to dirt cars to stock cars, Arpin has an array of racing experience, which makes him especially excited to take on GRC.

“I’ve never raced anything like Global Rallycross Championship before,” commented Arpin. “I am really looking forward to the new challenge. This series has a lot of excitement and momentum building right now, and I’m happy to be a part of it. This is a great opportunity for me because it gives me a chance to grow with the series. I think people my age gravitate towards extreme sports, so I can’t wait to connect with a new group of fans while also getting to compete in a fun and exciting sport.”

Arpin will race a Ford Fiesta for OMSE2 with support from Loenbro and Simpson Race Products. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Arpin and the team will compete in the full 2013 GRC schedule with official race dates to be announced soon.

For additional information on GRC, please visit www.global-rallycross.com. For more information on the team, OMSE2, please visit www.omse.se/, and for more information on Steve Arpin, please visit www.stevearpin.com.

Arpin to Compete in Global RallyCross Championship Schedule

April 9th, 2013

From go-karts to snowmobiles, dirt modifieds to stock cars, there isn’t much that Steve Arpin hasn’t raced in his career. That’s what makes his new Global Rallycross Championship program so exciting—it has almost nothing in common with his past racing experiences.

Luckily for Arpin, he’ll be behind the wheel of one of the most reliable cars in GRC: a Ford Fiesta built by OMSE2, a new satellite operation of defending champions OlsbergsMSE. Arpin, who will compete in the full GRC schedule, sat down to answer some questions about his career and new opportunity:

You have one of the most diverse racing backgrounds in all of GRC—tell us about where you started your career.

I pretty much raced anything I could get my hands on. I started racing go-karts when I was 10 years old, and I’ve raced everything from go-karts and snowmobiles… I quickly moved up in the dirt modified world, and I just kind of grew a strong passion for dirt modified racing. I love dirt, it’s what my dad always did, and I excelled at it.

What initially sparked your interest in racing in GRC?

GRC has always been something I’ve had to keep my eyes on. It’s such a fast-growing series, and when they call it “action sports,” it’s exactly that—it keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s just something that we talked about a lot, and we thought it’d be a neat opportunity to try and build a foundation in the sport, to have the opportunity to grow with the sport. So having my eyes opened to the series, and seeing what it’s all about, everything about the series is good—from the TV package it has, to racing internationally, to the level of competition and all the manufacturers that are getting more and more involved each and every year. It’s a fast growing sport, and I truly believe it’s going to be the next big thing.

What made OMSE2 the right team for you to race with this season?

I think the results speak for themselves. I got to know Andreas (Eriksson) when I went out to the test in Lake Elsinore, and I kept in touch with them. As they started talking about the formation of the satellite team, we looked at it and Andreas is essentially the king of rallycross—his results are simply unprecedented. So as a driver, when you look at the opportunities to guide your career, you look at the quality of the opportunities in front of you. When there’s a sport that’s getting more and more popular in the US, and an opportunity comes available with one of the best teams—it’s a satellite program, but it’s still run under the OMSE banner—I just couldn’t say no.

Can you offer any insight into how the OMSE2 satellite operation works? Will you be sharing information with the main OMSE squad?

Yeah, we’re definitely going to share information. The intent is definitely for it to be essentially using their resources and their engineering support. There’s so much R&D work as far as the cars go. The car that I’m going to be driving is actually last year’s car, which could be an advantage to me because it’s already got all the bugs worked out. It’s a proven car, they have thick notebooks for these on it. When you switch cars, you kind of have to build your notebook all over again, but with this car, we’re already going to have a thick notebook going to these different racetracks.

Getting the opportunity to work with the guys in Lake Elsinore, to see how they operate, and then going to test in Belgium this past week, I’m confident in the fact that it’s going to be a smoothly run operation. There will be some growing pains, I’m sure, but seeing how they function, seeing the procedures of how everything is so precise, I’m very confident that they’ll be a championship caliber team.

What makes driving a GRC car a unique and exciting challenge for you?

Two words will sum that up. absolutely everything! It was definitely an eye-opening, a humbling, and a fun experience. Driving these cars in Belgium for the first time, it was an exciting experience. As far as driving techniques, I’ve never raced anything all-wheel drive before. I’ve had cars airborne before, definitely not intentionally, and didn’t necessarily land the way I need to land a GRC car! But (the test) gave me a whole new appreciation for what these guys do, going out there, driving this car, and trying to get up to speed. It definitely gave me a whole new appreciation for what these guys do, and the talent they have to be able to make these cars do what they do. When you watch it on TV, they make it look so easy and so smooth, but you have to be so aggressive. And what these cars are capable of, how hard you can push them and have to push them to get what they’re capable of, absolutely blew my mind.

Basically my biggest challenge is going to be making everything happen naturally. These cars are so much more sophisticated, as far as the technology that they have on board goes, than anything I’ve ever raced before—from the electronics system, to the power, to the all-wheel drive, to the handbrake, to all these things that I need to learn how to make natural, so I can go into each corner where I need to be. It’s definitely going to be a learning experience, but it’s going to be fun.

Are there any particular races you’re especially looking forward to this season?

I’m really looking forward to the international races—I’ve never really had the opportunity to travel before. This trip to Belgium was my first time overseas, and it’s a real big deal just to sit back and think about. When this whole opportunity came up and we finalized it, one of my first conversations with my dad was just that we started racing go-karts in a friend of ours’ backyard in Ontario, and now we’re going to Brazil to race in X Games. This little hobby that we had back then is taking us around the world racing. So that’s a pretty neat deal, and I won’t lie, it’s a pretty proud accomplishment.

Do you have any goals in mind for your first GRC season?

I definitely want to be competitive—come the end of the season, I definitely want to be in contention for podium finishes, if not wins. This opportunity is in good cars and good equipment, and I’m working with a great team. All the stars are aligning, now I just need to do my job, learn what I came to learn, and put myself in a position from an experience standpoint and a driving standpoint to be really strong and competitive by the time we get to LA for X Games.

-Chris Leone, global-rallycross.com

NO. 30 MIKE’S ON THE ROCKS CHEVROLET NEWS AND NOTES

May 16th, 2012

Last Race Recap – The No. 30 team brought home a ninth-place finish last weekend at Darlington Raceway with Arpin’s fellow Turner Motorsports driver James Buescher at the wheel. In Arpin’s last race in the No. 30 mike’s ON THE ROCKS Chevrolet, he finished 10th at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

Arpin at Iowa Speedway – Although Arpin is relatively new to the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS), he is no stranger to Iowa Speedway. The young driver has four previous starts at the Newton, Iowa short track, including one in the NNS, one in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and two in the ARCA Racing Series. Arpin scored his best start and finish, both eighth, in the 2009 ARCA race. He finished 13th in his most recent race at Iowa Speedway, competing in the NCWTS for Turner Motorsports last season.

Going for 10 in a Row – The No. 30 Turner Motorsports team is looking for their 10th consecutive top-15 finish this weekend at Iowa Speedway. In nine NNS races this season, the team has one win, four top-10s and no finish lower than 14th.

No Place Like Home – Prior to heading to Iowa for the race, Arpin returned to his hometown of Fort Frances, Ontario for a “Steve Arpin Tribute Night” put on by his local community. After taking over the largest restaurant in town for the evening, Arpin was able to visit with his very supportive local fans.

Come and See Me – Fans will have several chances to meet Arpin this weekend at Iowa Speedway. He will be participating in the NNS Autograph Session on Saturday afternoon, from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. local time. He will also be at the Alzheimer’s Awareness booth on Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. and the Casey’s Fan Zone from 10:25 to 10:55 a.m.

This Week’s Impala – The No. 30 mike’s ON THE ROCKS team will bring chassis TMS-314 to Sunday’s 250-lap race at Iowa Speedway. The Turner Motorsports team has used chassis TMS-314 twice this season, with James Buescher finishing 12th at both Phoenix International Raceway and Richmond International Raceway.

Watch and Listen – The Pioneer Hi-Bred 250 will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday, May 20, with race coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. CST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio with coverage starting at 1:45 p.m.

Follow Me – Visit www.twitter.com/stevearpin, www.facebook.com/stevearpinracing and www.facebook.com/mikesOnTheRocks for the latest news and updates on Arpin and mike’s ON THE ROCKS.

Arpin on his home track, Iowa Speedway:

“I really love Iowa Speedway! As far as tracks on the NASCAR circuit, I consider Iowa to be my home track. We have so many people coming down from Minnesota and Canada to watch this weekend. We also have a ton of support from the local fans in Iowa, so it’s really awesome to race there. After kicking off the week with an event in my hometown, I have so much motivation to go out there and do well. I have a great relationship with the Clemmons family, and I always enjoyed watching their son race at Deer Creek Speedway, so it’s really cool to be involved in their new endeavor at Iowa Speedway.”

Arpin on racing at Iowa Speedway:

“The racing at Iowa is awesome. The track has the speeds of an intermediate track, but it races like a short track. There is so much that you can do at this track, as a driver, to make a difference, so it makes it a really fun place for us to race.”

ARPIN EARNS TOP-10 FINISH AT TEXAS

April 14th, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas (April 14, 2012) – Steve Arpin took to the track at Texas Motor Speedway for his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race with Turner Motorsports. After qualifying ninth, Arpin brought his No. 30 mike’s On The Rocks Chevrolet Impala home in the 10th position.

The Canadian driver had a successful first practice session on Thursday night, in which he made his first laps in a NNS car since 2010. On Friday, he finished with the best 10 consecutive lap average and the 10th best overall speed in final practice, before qualifying the mike’s On The Rocks Chevrolet ninth for Friday night’s race.

In the opening laps of the race, Arpin struggled to get comfortable with a car that started off tight and got loose as the run went on. Right before crew chief Trent Owens called the No. 30 in for a green flag pit stop, the caution came out on lap 46 for debris. After receiving four tires, fuel and a slight adjustment, Arpin restarted the race in 12th place on lap 52.

Arpin worked his way to the ninth position and radioed that his car was really good but again got loose as the run went on. A second caution came out on lap 89, and Arpin pitted for four tires and fuel. Another caution ensued when the race got back to green. Arpin stayed out and restarted 14th on lap 103. After struggling on the restart, the 28-year-old slipped back to the 19th spot on lap 108. Quickly, he began to gain his spots back and raced up to 12th place before green flag pit stops started.

Arpin hit the pits on lap 149 for his only green flag stop of the night. After slowing to let another car out of his stall and having issues with the gas can on his stop, Arpin was in the 17th position when pit stops cycled through. The caution came out again after the speedway had issues with their lights in turn three, and Owens called the No. 30 mike’s On The Rocks Chevrolet in for the team’s final stop of the night. Following a red flag period to fix the lights, Arpin restarted in the 13th position on lap 172. On lap 183, Arpin made a three-wide pass to move into 11th place. In the final 15 laps, the Fort Frances, Ontario native continued to pursue a top-10 finish. After gaining three positions on the final lap, the young driver finished in 10th place, tying his best NNS finish.

“It was so great to be back in a racecar,” Arpin said after the race. “I am really thankful to Turner Motorsports and mike’s On The Rocks for giving me such a great opportunity. Trent and the guys brought me an awesome car. It was really good right off the truck, which made it a lot easier to get to where we needed to be. We were really pleased to leave Texas with a top-10 in our first race together and my first race in the Nationwide COT. I’m looking forward to capitalizing on every opportunity that comes our way and continuing the momentum at Talladega.”

Next Stop: The No. 30 Turner Motorsports team’s next stop will be at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, April 27. Arpin will return to the No. 30 mike’s On The Rocks Chevrolet the following weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

STEVE ARPIN PARTNERS WITH SKELETON OPTICS

April 11th, 2012

Steve Arpin is proud to announce SKELETON Optics as his official eyewear. SKELETON Optics is forging new ground in the realm of delivering high quality eyewear at a fair and honest price point. SKELETON products are manufactured in the world’s best Italian factories. They feature many great attributes such as stainless steel hinges and frames that are made from high tech plastic materials that maintain shape, flexibility and don’t become brittle over time. SKELETON Optics uses high quality lens materials manufactured by Carl Zeiss and NXT as well as anti-glare, hydrophobic and premium lens tints and coatings to produce the clearest optical experience possible.

In addition to making great products, SKELETON Optics stands behind them with a lifetime guarantee. They also offer replacement lenses at a very affordable price and provide a no questions asked policy for returns and exchanges for online purchases.

“I’m pumped to team up with SKELETON Optics,” said Arpin. “I love their sunglasses and will definitely be wearing a pair or two this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. It’s awesome to partner with a company that makes great products but also keeps them affordable.”

For more information on how to purchase your pair of SKELETON Optics, please visit www.skeletonoptics.com.

STEVE ARPIN RETURNS TO TURNER MOTORSPORTS

April 10th, 2012

Mooresville, N.C. (April 10, 2012) – Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce that both driver Steve Arpin and sponsor Mike’s Hard Lemonade will return to the team this season. Showcasing a brand new beverage from the makers of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Arpin will take to the track for two NASCAR Nationwide (NNS) events in the No. 30 mike’s On The Rocks Chevrolet Impala. He will return to Texas Motor Speedway, the site of his 2010 ARCA win and his 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut, on Friday, April 13. He will also race the No. 30 mike’s On The Rocks car at Talladega Superspeedway, where he made his NNS debut in 2010, on Saturday, May 5.

Arpin and Mike’s Hard Lemonade continue the relationship they started in 2010, when the two teamed up for two wins, four top-five and six top-ten finishes in 13 ARCA Racing Series starts. Last season, Mike’s and Arpin joined Turner Motorsports for five NCWTS events, scoring the pole at Chicagoland Speedway and earning a top finish of 12th.

“I can’t think of a better place to start this out than Texas,” commented Arpin. “I love that place! I’m more than thrilled to have mike’s on board, especially to be part of the launch for such a great new brand, mike’s ON THE ROCKS™! I’ve spent a lot of days on the lake back in Canada, drinking Long Island Iced Teas, and I thought I’d had the best ones, until I tried mike’s ON THE ROCKS! We’ve developed our own little family here, between myself, mike’s, and Turner Motorsports, and I’m really looking forward to see what we can do in these next two races.”

“We’re happy to continue our relationship with Steve,” said Andy Horrow, Chief Marketing Officer for Mike’s Hard Lemonade. “He’s a mike’s kind of guy, and we’re excited to have him and Turner Motorsports help us launch our new product, mike’s ON THE ROCKS.™”

Arpin first takes to the track on Thursday, April 12, for practice and will race in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday night.

About mike’s ON THE ROCKS™: mike’s ON THE ROCKS™ is the newest product lineup from mike’s hard lemonade.®. mike’s ON THE ROCKS comes in two authentic-tasting mixed drink flavors – Long Island Iced Tea and Hurricane. Sold in 4-pack 16 oz. cans, mike’s ON THE ROCKS is the perfect beverage for the “pre-game” occasion….when friends are hanging out at home and want to take it up a notch.
About Turner Motorsports: Turner Motorsports, LLC, established in 1999, has completed its sophomore season of NASCAR competition. Owned by Texas businessman Steve Turner, the organization expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. Turner Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors’ powerhouse team Hendrick Motorsports, which provides engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. Turner Motorsports’ marketing partners include Great Clips, BRANDT, mike’s ON THE ROCKS, Exide, AccuDoc Solutions, Wolfpack Rentals, Fraternal Order of Eagles, ABF Freight, Qualcomm, Duroline Brakes and Koike. For more information on Turner Motorsports, visit www.turnermotorsportsllc.com.

ARPIN GRABS HIS FIRST CAREER POLE AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY

September 19th, 2011

JOLIET, Ill. (September 19, 2011) – Steve Arpin and the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade crew were back in action at Chicagoland Speedway this past Friday evening. Looking to put an exclamation point on their successful run this season, Arpin climbed aboard the No. 32 Chevy for the final time bringing his scheduled run to a successful close. The No. 32 team unloaded strong for both practice sessions before Arpin grabbed the pole and set a new track record. After fighting a loose condition throughout the event, the team brought home a 16th-place finish.

The team unloaded for two practice sessions under brisk, cool skies Friday morning. The team worked diligently over both practice sessions and made minor tweaks to their Silverado, ending final practice in the second spot on the speed charts. Later that afternoon, Arpin returned to the track and laid down a qualifying lap of 30.768 –seconds to start the 150-lap event from the pole. This was Arpin’s first NASCAR career pole, making him only the third foreign-born driver to ever start from P1 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

That evening, under chilly, cloudy skies, the NCWTS rookie brought the field to the green flag with a very strong contingent of Mike’s Hard Lemonade supporters on his pit box. In the opening laps, Arpin immediately radioed to crew chief Doug George that his machine was too loose, but tight in traffic. By the fourth lap, Arpin was in the seventh spot fighting traffic to maintain his track position. The caution flew for the first time on lap eight for debris. Arpin discussed how his Chevy was handling in the opening laps and explained that he was being cautious while getting a feel for the track conditions and his competition.

The field went back to green on lap 13 with Arpin in the eighth position. Racing stayed green for several laps, as the field spread out around the track. Arpin radioed to his crew, reporting that he was tight in traffic but was growing loose as the run went on. As green-flag racing continued, the field began making their first round of pit stops. George called Arpin to pit road on lap 49 for four tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments. Unfortunately, an ill-timed caution on lap 82 caught him one lap down to the leaders. Judging by the length of green-flag runs, George brought Arpin to pit road for four tires, fuel, wedge and air pressure adjustments. He restarted 19th on lap 87. As the race remained green, Arpin was quiet on the radio, staying focused to hit his marks on the track. He made his way up to the ninth position in time for the evening’s second set of green-flag stops, hitting pit road on lap 135 for fuel and two tires. Once stops cycled through, Arpin maneuvered his way around the competition who was also one-lap down to be in lucky dog contention. For the remaining laps, he ran lap times of those inside the top-10, but couldn’t get the caution needed to get back on the lead lap. When all was said and done, he brought home his Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy to a 16th -place finish.

“We were strong in both practice sessions and it was so cool to sit on the pole, especially with all the Mike’s Hard Lemonade supporters on hand,” said Arpin. “We just got way too tight in traffic and couldn’t get our lap back due to the long green-flag runs that occurred. I can’t thank everyone involved with this Mike’s Hard Lemonade racing program enough. I’ve learned so much and I feel that this has proved to be a successful outing this summer.”

Next Stop: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to Granite State, racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the F.W. Webb 175 on Saturday, September 24th. Live coverage begins at 2:30 Live on SPEED with radio coverage on MRN affiliates and Sirius/XM 90.

NO. 32 MIKE�S HARD LEMONADE SILVERADO TEAM NEWS AND NOTES

September 14th, 2011

Steve Arpin
No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet
Chicagoland Speedway– Fast Five 225
September 16, 2011

No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Silverado Team News and Notes

Steve Arpin 2011 Season
Starts Poles Wins Top-fives Top-10s Avg. Start Avg. Finish DNFs
4 0 0 0 0 12.2 15.2 0

• Last Call… Arpin is set to climb back into the seat of the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy for the final time this season on Friday evening at Chicagoland Speedway. In his last appearance in the No. 32, Arpin brought home a top-15 finish at Lucas Oil Raceway, continuing his solid NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) debut in 2011.

• After The First Four Rounds… Arpin has logged four starts and has earned three top-15 finishes, led six laps and has a best starting spot of fourth. Additionally, he holds an average starting position of 12.2 and an average finish of 15.2.

• He’s Been Here Before… This weekend will mark the first time Arpin has competed at Chicagoland Speedway in the NCWTS, but it isn’t the first time he has logged laps at the 1.5-mile track. Arpin has a pair of ARCA Racing Series starts on the 1.5-mile track, with a runner up finish in 2010 and an average start of 5.5.

• This Week’s Silverado… The No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado team will unload chassis TMS-020 for Friday evening’s 150-lap event. This chassis saw track action at Atlanta Motor Speedway where Blake Feese brought home a fourth-place finish. Earlier this season, Arpin piloted this chassis at Texas Motor Speedway where he qualified fourth, led six laps and was on track for a solid top-10 finish until a late race incident relegated him to the 23rd position. Additionally, he ran chassis TMS-020 at Kentucky Speedway where he qualified 13th and brought home a 12th-place finish.

• Where Everybody Knows Your Name… No. 32 team mechanic and gasman, Darin Bavery grew up three hours from Chicagoland Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin. Bavery got his start in racing serving as crew chief for his brother in the Super Eight Series. From there, Bavery, went on to serve as a mechanic for Brian Hobby in the NASCAR Touring Series. He moved over to the ASA ranks, serving as crew chief for the Wood Brothers during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2005, Bavery moved over to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he served as truck chief for the No. 51. He came to Turner Motorsports in June of this season and currently serves as mechanic and gasman for the No. 32 Chevrolet.

• Chill with Arpin… Arpin will be making several appearances prior to his start at Chicagoland Speedway. On Tuesday (9/13), Arpin will be signing autographs at Ultra Foods in Joliet, Ill. from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and at Heroes West in Joliet, IL. from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Fans can meet the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade driver on Wednesday (9/14) at Meijer Supermarket in Bolingbrook, Ill. from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, Ill. from 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday September 17th, he will be signing autographs at Kenwood Liquors in Homer Glen, Il. from 12p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Berkot’s in New Lenox, Il. from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and later that evening at Buffalo Wild Wings in Tinley Park, Il. from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

• Winners in Arpin’s Corner at Chicagoland… Thomas and Leigh Cavalli from Cleveland, Ohio will be in Arpin’s corner this Friday evening as winners of the “Make It A mike’s at the Track sweepstakes.” Thomas and Leigh will enjoy an all expenses paid trip to the Fast Five 225 to cheer on Arpin from atop the pit box.

• A Stellar Last Time Out for Turner Motorsports Truck Stable… The last time out proved to be a successful night for the Turner Motorsports NCWTS stable at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ricky Carmichael grabbed his first career pole award, Blake Feese earned his highest career finish of fourth, Ryan Newman and Turner Motorsports paid an emotional tribute to Beau Slocumb in the No. 08 and James Buescher took over the NCWTS points lead. To top off the evening, all four Turner Motorsports Chevy Silverado’s finished inside the top-10.

Steve Arpin on Chicagoland Speedway:
“I’m excited to get back in the seat of the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy this Friday. I’ve been spending time each weekend with the No. 32 crew and have continued my learning experience. I’m ready to get back on the track at Chicagoland Speedway. I almost nabbed the win there last year in the ARCA Series, so hopefully we can have a little bit more luck and get this truck to victory lane and get Mike’s Hard Lemonade to victory lane.”

IOWA SPEEDWAY QUICK FACTS

July 16th, 2011

Steve Arpin
No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet
Iowa Speedway –Coca Cola 200
July 16, 2011

No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Silverado Team News and Notes
• A Homecoming of Sorts… Iowa Speedway marks the closest race to Steve Arpin’s native hometown of Fort Frances, Ontario. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie grew up racing on the WISSOTA dirt circuit, winning championships throughout the Midwestern United States before stepping into the world of NASCAR.

• After Two Starts… Arpin continued his solid run in the NCWTS at Kentucky Speedway in his second start this season. The Canadian driver qualified 13th and raced inside the top 10 for a good part of the evening before bringing home a strong 12th-place finish.

• He’s Been Here Before… This weekend will mark the first time Arpin has competed at Iowa Speedway in the NCWTS, but it isn’t the first time he has logged laps at the .875-mile track. Arpin competed in one NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event and a pair of ARCA Racing Series (ARS) events at the Newton, Iowa speedway, with his best ARS finish of eighth coming in 2009. In his lone NNS start at the track in 2010, he started 23rd and finished 18th.

• This Week’s Silverado… The No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado team will unload chassis TMS-008 for Saturday evening’s 200-lap event. This chassis last saw track action at Dover International Speedway, where the No. 32 team qualified 18th and finished in the 30th spot.

• Back to Dirt Roots at Deer Creek… Arpin will return to his dirt roots on Wednesday evening when he competes in the “Gopher 50” at Deer Creek Speedway. Arpin, the 2004 winner of the Gopher 50, got his start racing the WISSOTA series throughout Canada and the Midwestern United States. Arpin broke into the spotlight in Minnesota and Wisconsin by being the youngest driver to win the prestigious WISSOTA 100 at the age of 18. He went on to win track championships and prestigious awards from 1999 to 2008.

• Working For Mike’s Hard Lemonade… Before he climbs aboard his No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy Silverado, Friday morning Arpin will try his hand at delivering product. SPEED’s Ray Dunlap will join Arpin as the two have some fun and make sure the Fareway in Ankeny, Iowa is well stocked with Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

• Chill with Arpin… Arpin will be making several appearances prior to his start at Iowa Speedway. On Tuesday (7/12), Arpin will be signing autographs at the Wicked Moose in Rochester, Minn. from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fans can meet the No. 32’s Mike Hard Lemonade driver on Thursday (7/14) at Fareway in Boone, Iowa, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and later that evening at Toby’s Hideaway from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

• Arpin and Mike’s Summer Series… Arpin will pilot the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy Silverado in five outings this summer.  In addition to his previous starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and this weekend’s event at Iowa Speedway, he will be behind the wheel of the No. 32 Chevy at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and Chicagoland Speedway.

 

Steve Arpin on Iowa Speedway:
“I always look forward to coming back to Iowa Speedway, especially having grown up racing the dirt circuit in Canada and the northern midwest. I consider this my home race. Friends and family will be supporting me from the stands Saturday night, which will be cool to see! We also have a large contingent of Mike’s Hard Lemonade distributers, retailers and guests on hand this weekend to show their support. It’s definitely fun letting them be part of our race program. Plus, having Mike’s Hard Lemonade on hand always ups the enjoyment factor!”

 

 

2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results – No. 32 Team

Date   Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status Driver
2/18/2011 Daytona International Speedway 10 21 96/103 0 Accident Sweet
2/25/2011 Phoenix International Raceway  21  11  150/150  0  Running Sweet
3/12/2011 Darlington Raceway 21 36 13/150 0 Accident Sweet
4/2/2011 Martinsville Speedway  18 15 250/250 0 Running Sweet
4/22/11 Nashville Superspeedway 21 28 149/150 0 Running Sweet
5/13/11 Dover International Speedway 18 30 54/200 0 Accident Sweet
5/20/11 Charlotte Motor Speedway 4 10 250/250 0 Running Sweet
6/4/11 Kansas Speedway 9 9 167/167 3  Running Sweet
6/10/11 Texas Motor Speedway 4 23 167/168 6  Running Arpin
7/7/11 Kentucky Speedway 13 12 168/168 0  Running Arpin
Total – 13.9 19.5 82.1% 9  – –

ARPIN EARNS A TOP-15 FINISH IN IOWA

July 16th, 2011

Newton, Iowa (July 16, 2011) – The No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade crew and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) were back in action at Iowa Speedway this weekend looking to build on their strong performance thus far in the summer stretch. After an extremely hot evening under the lights, Arpin drove to a hard-fought 13th-place finish.

Arpin returned to Iowa Speedway for the first time with the NCWTS during Friday afternoon’s practice sessions, ending the day 21st on the charts. The team worked on the No. 32 machine to fix the loose condition that Arpin reported in both practice sessions. He returned Saturday afternoon and laid down a qualifying lap of 23.449–seconds to start in the 13th spot.

Under intensely hot skies, the NCWTS rookie started the 200-lap race in the 13th position. Immediately, he began reporting a tight condition, coming over the radio simply saying “tight, tight, tight” to the crew on lap three. He hovered around the 15th position during the opening laps of Saturday evening’s event until the caution flag waved on lap 16. Crew chief Doug George called for Arpin to stay out on the track.  As the laps progressed, Arpin managed to hang onto his position inside the top-15 despite his racing machine becoming tighter.  The caution flag flew for the second time on lap 63, giving Arpin the chance to hit pit road for the first time. While in the pits, the Mike’s Hard Lemonade crew made track bar and air pressure adjustments and gave the Chevy driver four fresh Goodyear Eagles and fuel. Arpin restarted the event in the 17th spot on lap 69.

When the caution flew once again on lap 76, Arpin radioed to George saying that the changes had helped the rhythm of his truck. By lap 84, he was running in the 14th position and knocking on the door of the 13th position. The caution flew again on lap 101 for a hard crash on the front stretch. NASCAR displayed the red flag, halting the event for 15 minutes to repair the inside retaining wall. Arpin utilized this time to hydrate and discuss at length the condition of his No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade machine.

Green-flag racing resumed on lap 109 with Arpin in the 12th position. By lap 111, he had maneuvered his way inside the top 10. Over the next 45 laps, he ran lap times comparable to the leaders, battling inside the top 10. On lap 153, the caution flag waved once again, bringing Arpin back to pit road for an air pressure adjustment, four tires and one can of fuel. Racing resumed on lap 160 with Arpin in the 12th position. He fought hard over the remaining laps of the race as he battled the No. 18 to the very end, ultimately claiming a solid 13th-place finish.

Next Stop: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to Music City, racing at Nashville Superspeedway in the Lucas Deep Clean 200 on Friday July 22nd. Arpin will return to the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado at Lucas Oil Raceway for the AAA Insurance 200 on July 29th.

ARPIN EARNS A TOP-15 FINISH IN IOWA

July 16th, 2011

Newton, Iowa (July 16, 2011) – The No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade crew and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) were back in action at Iowa Speedway this weekend looking to build on their strong performance thus far in the summer stretch. After an extremely hot evening under the lights, Arpin drove to a hard-fought 13th-place finish.

Arpin returned to Iowa Speedway for the first time with the NCWTS during Friday afternoon’s practice sessions, ending the day 21st on the charts. The team worked on the No. 32 machine to fix the loose condition that Arpin reported in both practice sessions. He returned Saturday afternoon and laid down a qualifying lap of 23.449–seconds to start in the 13th spot.

Under intensely hot skies, the NCWTS rookie started the 200-lap race in the 13th position. Immediately, he began reporting a tight condition, coming over the radio simply saying “tight, tight, tight” to the crew on lap three. He hovered around the 15th position during the opening laps of Saturday evening’s event until the caution flag waved on lap 16. Crew chief Doug George called for Arpin to stay out on the track.  As the laps progressed, Arpin managed to hang onto his position inside the top-15 despite his racing machine becoming tighter.  The caution flag flew for the second time on lap 63, giving Arpin the chance to hit pit road for the first time. While in the pits, the Mike’s Hard Lemonade crew made track bar and air pressure adjustments and gave the Chevy driver four fresh Goodyear Eagles and fuel. Arpin restarted the event in the 17th spot on lap 69.

When the caution flew once again on lap 76, Arpin radioed to George saying that the changes had helped the rhythm of his truck. By lap 84, he was running in the 14th position and knocking on the door of the 13th position. The caution flew again on lap 101 for a hard crash on the front stretch. NASCAR displayed the red flag, halting the event for 15 minutes to repair the inside retaining wall. Arpin utilized this time to hydrate and discuss at length the condition of his No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade machine.

Green-flag racing resumed on lap 109 with Arpin in the 12th position. By lap 111, he had maneuvered his way inside the top 10. Over the next 45 laps, he ran lap times comparable to the leaders, battling inside the top 10. On lap 153, the caution flag waved once again, bringing Arpin back to pit road for an air pressure adjustment, four tires and one can of fuel. Racing resumed on lap 160 with Arpin in the 12th position. He fought hard over the remaining laps of the race as he battled the No. 18 to the very end, ultimately claiming a solid 13th-place finish.

Next Stop: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to Music City, racing at Nashville Superspeedway in the Lucas Deep Clean 200 on Friday July 22nd. Arpin will return to the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado at Lucas Oil Raceway for the AAA Insurance 200 on July 29th.

IOWA SPEEDWAY QUICK FACTS

July 12th, 2011

Steve Arpin
No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet
Iowa Speedway –Coca Cola 200
July 16, 2011

No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Silverado Team News and Notes

• A Homecoming of Sorts… Iowa Speedway marks the closest race to Steve Arpin’s native hometown of Fort Frances, Ontario. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie grew up racing on the WISSOTA dirt circuit, winning championships throughout the Midwestern United States before stepping into the world of NASCAR.

• After Two Starts… Arpin continued his solid run in the NCWTS at Kentucky Speedway in his second start this season. The Canadian driver qualified 13th and raced inside the top 10 for a good part of the evening before bringing home a strong 12th-place finish.

• He’s Been Here Before… This weekend will mark the first time Arpin has competed at Iowa Speedway in the NCWTS, but it isn’t the first time he has logged laps at the .875-mile track. Arpin competed in one NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) event and a pair of ARCA Racing Series (ARS) events at the Newton, Iowa speedway, with his best ARS finish of eighth coming in 2009. In his lone NNS start at the track in 2010, he started 23rd and finished 18th.

• This Week’s Silverado… The No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado team will unload chassis TMS-008 for Saturday evening’s 200-lap event. This chassis last saw track action at Dover International Speedway, where the No. 32 team qualified 18th and finished in the 30th spot.

• Back to Dirt Roots at Deer Creek… Arpin will return to his dirt roots on Wednesday evening when he competes in the “Gopher 50” at Deer Creek Speedway. Arpin, the 2004 winner of the Gopher 50, got his start racing the WISSOTA series throughout Canada and the Midwestern United States. Arpin broke into the spotlight in Minnesota and Wisconsin by being the youngest driver to win the prestigious WISSOTA 100 at the age of 18. He went on to win track championships and prestigious awards from 1999 to 2008.

• Working For Mike’s Hard Lemonade… Before he climbs aboard his No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy Silverado, Friday morning Arpin will try his hand at delivering product. SPEED’s Ray Dunlap will join Arpin as the two have some fun and make sure the Fareway in Ankeny, Iowa is well stocked with Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

• Chill with Arpin… Arpin will be making several appearances prior to his start at Iowa Speedway. On Tuesday (7/12), Arpin will be signing autographs at the Wicked Moose in Rochester, Minn. from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fans can meet the No. 32’s Mike Hard Lemonade driver on Thursday (7/14) at Fareway in Boone, Iowa, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and later that evening at Toby’s Hideaway from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

• Arpin and Mike’s Summer Series… Arpin will pilot the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy Silverado in five outings this summer.  In addition to his previous starts at Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and this weekend’s event at Iowa Speedway, he will be behind the wheel of the No. 32 Chevy at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and Chicagoland Speedway.

 

Steve Arpin on Iowa Speedway:
“I always look forward to coming back to Iowa Speedway, especially having grown up racing the dirt circuit in Canada and the northern midwest. I consider this my home race. Friends and family will be supporting me from the stands Saturday night, which will be cool to see! We also have a large contingent of Mike’s Hard Lemonade distributers, retailers and guests on hand this weekend to show their support. It’s definitely fun letting them be part of our race program. Plus, having Mike’s Hard Lemonade on hand always ups the enjoyment factor!”

 

 

2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results – No. 32 Team

Date   Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status Driver
2/18/2011 Daytona International Speedway 10 21 96/103 0 Accident Sweet
2/25/2011 Phoenix International Raceway  21  11  150/150  0  Running Sweet
3/12/2011 Darlington Raceway 21 36 13/150 0 Accident Sweet
4/2/2011 Martinsville Speedway  18 15 250/250 0 Running Sweet
4/22/11 Nashville Superspeedway 21 28 149/150 0 Running Sweet
5/13/11 Dover International Speedway 18 30 54/200 0 Accident Sweet
5/20/11 Charlotte Motor Speedway 4 10 250/250 0 Running Sweet
6/4/11 Kansas Speedway 9 9 167/167 3  Running Sweet
6/10/11 Texas Motor Speedway 4 23 167/168 6  Running Arpin
7/7/11 Kentucky Speedway 13 12 168/168 0  Running Arpin
Total – 13.9 19.5 82.1% 9  – –

ARPIN SCORES BEST TRUCK FINISH AT KENTUCKY

July 10th, 2011

Sparta, KY. (July 10, 2011) – The No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade crew and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) were back in action at Kentucky Speedway this weekend after a three-week break. Looking to build on their strong performance at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 32 crew unloaded Wednesday afternoon for two practice sessions. After an intensely hot evening under the lights, Arpin drove to a hard-fought 12th-place finish.

Arpin made his first NCWTS laps at Kentucky Speedway during Wednesday afternoon’s practice sessions, ending the day 15th on the charts. The team returned Thursday morning for their “happy-hour” practice and ended the morning pleased with their setup. Later that afternoon, under blistering Kentucky skies, Arpin laid down a qualifying lap of 31.683–seconds to start in the 13th spot.

Though he had not been feeling well due to food poisoning, Arpin was focused and ready to go when the green flag dropped. The NCWTS rookie started the 225-mile race on the inside of the sixth row and took his time to get comfortable with the race conditions in the opening laps of Thursday evening’s event. It only took until the fourth lap for the caution to come out, and crew chief Doug George instructed Arpin to stay out on the track. He restarted in the 12th position and immediately shot to the ninth spot, running three-wide down the backstretch. When the caution flag waved once again on lap 16, Arpin radioed to George, explaining that he was loose on entry. Arpin hit pit road for fuel and a track bar adjustment. Racing resumed on lap 21 with Arpin in the 16th spot. The field settled in for a long green-flag run until the caution waved on lap 57, just as green-flag pit stops began. George called Arpin to pit road for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment.

Racing resumed on lap 63, with Arpin in the ninth position. The field settled in for another long green-flag run, and the Fort Frances native ran in the 13th position until lap 121 when he made a green-flag stop for fuel only. As pit stops cycled through, Arpin moved back into the top 10 until the caution flag flew for a spin entering pit road. Just as the caution came out, Arpin got loose off turn-four and spun, cutting down a tire. George called Arpin to pit road for two right-side tires and a splash of fuel. This turned out to be a good thing for the Mike’s Hard Lemonade team as Arpin restarted 12th on fresh tires.

Once the green flag waved to restart the race, Arpin was a man on a mission, slicing his way through the field and fighting for eighth by turn 3. Just as he entered the top of the turn, Arpin got caught in a incident with the No. 8 & No. 7, suffering mild damage to the splitter. Arpin brought his No. 32 machine to his crew to fix the damage, who quickly got their driver back out on the track to finish the 150-lap event. The field took the green for the green-white-checkered finish as Arpin fought a tight condition due to his splitter damage. When the checkered flag flew, Arpin crossed the line for a hard fought 12th-place finish, giving the No. 32 team a solid run in the Bluegrass State.

Looking back on the weekend, Arpin continued to build on his NCWTS rookie season with Mike’s Hard Lemonade as he practiced, qualified, and finished inside the top-15.

“The guys at the shop gave me a great truck again this weekend,” said Arpin. “It was a good learning experience. I wish we would have finished better, but it was unfortunate to get caught up in the late race incident. I’m excited to head to Iowa next weekend and build on what I’ve learned so far,” said Arpin. “Thanks to everyone at Stagnaro Distributing and Mike’s Hard Lemonade for the support all week.”

Next Stop: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to the Hawkeye State, racing at Iowa Speedway in the Coca-Cola 200 on Saturday July 16th. The Saturday evening race will be broadcast on SPEED with live coverage beginning at 8:00 pm EDT. The race can also be heard on MRN Radio affiliates as well as Sirius/XM Radio channel 90.

COOL HARD REFRESHING DEBUT FOR STEVE ARPIN IN TEXAS

June 13th, 2011

DALLAS, TX. (June 13, 2011) – The No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade crew and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) were in action at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend as Turner Motorsports welcomed aboard Canadian driver Steve Arpin. The No. 32 crew unloaded early Thursday morning looking to continue the momentum from their second consecutive top 10 run at Kansas Speedway. Arpin made his first career NCWTS laps in his Chevy Silverado during Thursday morning’s practice session at the Lonestar Metroplex. When all was said and done, Arpin had a successful outing at the 1.5-mile track as he started fourth for the 167-lap event, led laps and, after a late race incident, brought the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet home with a 23rd-place finish.

Arpin, who previously claimed victory at Texas in the ARCA Racing Series, returned to the speedway Thursday for two practice sessions. The NCWTS rookie concluded the first practice session in the 21st position, using the time to get a handle on his Chevy Silverado. With the help of new crew chief Doug George, the Fort Frances, Ont., native posted times that put him 10th on the charts by the end of final practice that afternoon. Thursday evening, he posted a qualifying lap of 30.280-seconds, which put him in the fourth position to start the 250.5-mile race.

When the green flag waved, Arpin started on the outside of the second row and stayed consistent for the opening laps of Friday evening’s event. On lap eight, the caution flag flew for the first time. George called for Arpin to stay out on the track with the leaders while in the eighth position. Upon the restart, Arpin found himself climbing through the field and settling into the fourth position by lap 15. The caution flag flew once again on lap 21, and George brought Arpin down pit road for two tires and fuel. Arpin got off pit road first following the two-tire stop, and the rookie was leading by lap 25 of his NCWTS debut. Arpin held the point position until lap 31 when trucks that took four tires began to catch him. Arpin ran inside the top 10 for the next 15 laps, reporting to the crew that the truck was beginning to fight a loose-handling condition. The caution flag flew on lap 50, and Arpin brought his Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy Silverado to pit road for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment.

Once green-flag racing resumed, Arpin climbed back towards the top 10 from the 16th position. Aprin picked through the field over the next several laps, finding himself in the eighth position by lap 66. As the run wore on, he began to fight a tight condition and slipped to 15th on the track. An incident on lap 88 brought out the caution, which allowed the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade team to make air pressure adjustments and put fresh left side tires on their Silverado. The NCWTS rookie restarted in the 10th position and quickly raced his way to the fifth spot.

As the laps ticked away, Arpin began to get more comfortable inside his truck, at one point saying, “They should give us another set of tires and let us run 200 laps…I’m starting to get the hang of this.” On lap 137, misfortune hit as Arpin got loose out of turn four and spun through the front stretch infield, collecting the No. 3 truck in the process and bringing out the caution flag. Arpin brought his Chevy to pit road, and the Mike’s Hard Lemonade crew went to work making repairs under the caution period. Arpin returned to the track one lap down in the 24th position. Green flag racing resumed on lap 142 with Arpin in the lucky dog position. As the laps began to wind down without a caution, Aprin utilized the remaining time as a learning experience in NASCAR’s top series. The checkered flag waved on lap 168, and Arpin ultimately brought home his No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevy Silverado in the 23rd position, an overall solid NCWTS debut for the Canadian rookie.

Looking back on the weekend, Arpin had a successful NCWTS debut with Mike’s Hard Lemonade as he finished practice inside the top 10, qualified fourth, led race laps and spent most of the evening inside the top-15.

“We had such a good truck and were running so well that the finish we got doesn’t do it justice,” Arpin said. “I learned a lot every lap, but unfortunately at the end I learned it the hard way. I have a lot to absorb, and we will go at it again in Kentucky. I’m so happy to have Mike’s Hard Lemonade on board with us this year; I couldn’t ask for a better sponsor to be on my Turner Motorsports truck.”

Next Stop: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will head to the Bluegrass State, racing at Kentucky Speedway in the University of Northern Ohio 225 on Thursday July 7th. The Thursday evening race will be broadcast on SPEED with live coverage beginning at 8:00 pm EDT. The race can also be heard on MRN Radio affiliates as well as Sirius/XM Radio channel 90.

CANADIAN ROOKIE QUALIFIES FOURTH FOR TRUCKS

June 11th, 2011

Canadian rookie qualifies fourth for trucks

Posted Thursday, Jun. 09, 2011
By Carlos Mendez
cmendez@star-telegram.com

 

Not bad for the first time in a truck.

Steve Arpin, a Canadian who until this week had not stepped in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series vehicle, knocked out one of the fastest qualifying times for tonight’s WinStar World Casino 400.

He’ll start fourth in his first Camping World Truck Series race, driving the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports of Halletsville.

James Buescher of Plano, who also drives for Turner Motorsports, took the first pole of his career with a fast lap of 179.045, and Joey Coulter will start with him on the first row.

Arpin, who ran a top lap of 178.336 mph, spent most of last week looking forward to getting his first experience in a truck at Texas’ high-banked track.

“If I could choose any place to start, that would definitely be it for me,” he said. “I went there for a tire test last November, and I fell in love with the place. The track was so much fun. You walk into the place, it’s such a beautiful facility, it’s almost breathtaking. Then you get on the track, and it’s just so fast. It’s like the ultimate rush for a race car driver.”

Arpin has raced and won at TMS before. He won an ARCA event on the Fort Worth track last June, picking up one of the three victories for him in the series in 2010.

“There are so many grooves you can race,” he said. “You can get two-, three-wide racing. You always have an option to get around. That’s all we can ask for as drivers.”

It appears Arpin has a truck that can compete for the victory tonight, but he’s not going to be greedy. He just wants to stay on the track and gain whatever knowledge he can. He’s also scheduled to race at Kentucky, Iowa, Indianapolis and Chicagoland.

“My first race out, the first time ever in a truck, it’ll be a learning experience,” he said. “If we can go out there and get a good solid top-10 finish, that would be satisfactory for a first run. If we could get a top-five or a top-three, that’d be a win for us.”

Arpin wants to take advantage of a chance with Turner Motorsports, a rising power in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that is running its first season in the Camping World Truck Series.

“He’s got everything you need in a perfect recipe for success,” Arpin said of team owner Steve Turner. “From my perspective, he’s a racer. He’s hands-on. He’s involved. He’s an incredibly savvy business guy. He knows what it takes.”

Arpin has gotten the message that performance is important. Already, he’s delivering promise for the owner.

“I wouldn’t call him demanding, but he’s definitely firm,” Arpin said. “And I love it. I don’t want an owner who’s going to beat around the bush and sugarcoat everything. He speaks his mind. That’s how it’s got to be. There’s no room for error. You’re expected to perform.”

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407
Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/06/09/3141671/canadian-rookie-qualifies-fourth.html#ixzz1PBlWWbeX

STEVE ARPIN AND MIKE’S HARD LEMONADE TO MAKE NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES DEBUT WITH TURNER MOTORSPORTS

May 3rd, 2011

Mooresville, NC (May 3, 2011) – Turner Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Arpin to their all-star driver line-up for the 2011 season. The organization is also delighted to welcome Mike’s Hard Lemonade to their 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) program. The 2010 Canadian Racer of the Year will pilot the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado in a multi-race deal and is scheduled to make his NCWTS debut at Texas Motor Speedway in June.

Arpin, a native of Fort Frances, Ontario Canada, got his start racing go-karts. He went on to become a force on dirt, winning modified features and championships throughout Canada and the United States. He made his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2009, finishing seventh in the championship point standings while earning the Most Popular Driver award. Continuing to race in the ARCA Racing Series in 2010, he recorded three victories (Salem Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds), seven top-five and ten top-10 finishes and another Most Popular Driver award. That same year, Arpin made his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway, where he qualified fourth and finished 26th. He made six more NNS starts that season, with his best finish of 10th coming at Daytona International Speedway.

Arpin’s first race with Turner Motorsports will be in June at Texas Motor Speedway, the site of his second ARCA Racing Series victory in 2010. Additionally, Arpin will pilot the No. 32 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet Silverado at Kentucky Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and Chicagoland Speedway.

Arpin is excited to be joining Turner Motorsports and realizes the magnitude of having such a great opportunity.

“I’m thrilled to be continuing my relationship with Mike’s Hard Lemonade as I make my NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with Turner Motorsports,” Arpin said. “Mr. Turner’s dedication to up-and-coming drivers in the sport has been key to making this possible. I want to thank Mr. Turner and Mike’s Hard Lemonade for this awesome opportunity.”

Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Arpin will continue the relationship they have built in recent years as they progress into the NCWTS ranks. In 2010, the pair partnered for 14 events in the ARCA Racing Series, with Arpin scoring three wins, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes with the organization.

“We had a great time with Steve last year in the ARCA Series,” Mike’s Hard Lemonade Central Region Vice President of Sales Paul Jacobus said. “His laid back approach to life fits our brand identity. We look forward to helping him further his career in the competitive world of NASCAR.”

“We are proud to welcome Steve Arpin and Mike’s Hard Lemonade to the team,” said Turner Motorsports owner Steve Turner. “Steve is clearly a very talented driver as he has demonstrated his abilities in different forms and levels of racing over his career. I enjoy giving up-and-coming drivers like Steve an opportunity to learn and succeed, and I have no doubt that he will prove himself as a true talent in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.”
For more information on mike’s hard lemonade® and the entire line of Mike’s Hard products, visit www.mikeshardlemonade.com. For more information on Steve Arpin, please visit www.stevearpin.com.

About Turner Motorsports:
Turner Motorsports, LLC, established in 1999, is in the midst of its sophomore season of NASCAR competition. Owned by Texas native Steve Turner, the racing organization has expanded in 2011 from a two-truck operation in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to become the largest stand-alone multi-series team in NASCAR’s top-tier touring series. Turner Motorsports operates out of an 110,000 square-foot state-of-the art facility in Mooresville, N.C., and will house three entries in the Camping World Truck Series and four entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. The team boasts an all-star driver line-up that includes Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Jason Leffler, Reed Sorenson, Justin Allgaier, Ricky Carmichael, James Buescher, Steve Arpin and Brad Sweet. The Chevrolet-backed team has created alliances with General Motors powerhouse teams Hendrick Motorsports, who will provide engine support for both its NNS and NCWTS programs, Kevin Harvick Inc., for body and aero support, and Earnhardt Technology Group for drive train and suspension technology assistance. Turner Motorsports’ marketing partners include Dollar General, Great Clips, Monster Energy, BRANDT, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Rexall, Exide, AccuDoc Solutions, Wolfpack Rentals, Fraternal Order of Eagles and ABF Freight. For more information on Turner Motorsports, visit www.turnermotorsportsllc.com

“BIG ONE” CRASHES THE HOPES OF STEVE ARPIN AT DAYTONA

February 17th, 2011

Concord, NC (02-17-11) The day ended just a little short for Steve Arpin driver of the No.25 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Toyota after being subject to the “Big One” at the Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway last Saturday.

Two of the Venturini Motorsports five cars were involved in a nine-car crash during the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. The threat of a huge multi-car crash – known as the “Big One” is never more than a few inches away, as packs of cars circulate in claustrophobic closeness at nearly 190 mph.

“It was a frustrating race for us,” stated Arpin. “We had a great race car, one that was capable of winning the race. We got shuffled back after pit stops and weren’t able to get anything going to make a run back to the front.”

Arpin started out the weekend with high hopes of a win at Daytona after qualifying the No.25 Mike’s Hard Lemonade machine in the 3rd starting position.

“Our qualifying effort was really good and the car felt awesome,” said the rising star. “We even picked up a little bit from our fastest practice time.”

The young Canadian ran in Third Place for the most part of the first half of the race. The team decided to come in to take just fuel and went back out on the track back in 13th place. The race became just a one lane draft on the bottom. Steve and his spotter worked to find other drivers to pair up with him and start an outside row. A few attempt left Arpin out on the outside by himself and he could not find anyone willing to stick it out and stay with him on the outside lane.

A second and final pit stop to top off fuel brought the Venturini teammates together and they all had a plan to start an outside lane and go to the front. The teammates had started an outside lane and were moving up when the car ahead of Arpin ran over some debris on the track and cut a tire down. In an attempt to avoid his teammate, Arpin went down the track and was tagged by another competitor and was sent into the wall.

“It was a great day in all,” said an optimistic Arpin. “We just had to try something. I was not just going to sit in 10th place and be ok with that. We were making a final run for it and what happened to Hal is just something that you can’t avoid and a cut down tire is nothing that you can avoid.

“The No.25 mike’s hard lemonade Toyota was in a good spot with all our teammates together and some other fast cars willing to work with us,” said Arpin.  “The new surface at Daytona created so much speed that ARCA was forced to reduce our restrictor plate even more. With the lack of power it just made it real hard to get the outside row moving, but there was no way I was going to sit there and be satisfied with a top 15 finish. We had to try something and it just did not work out in our favor. It was a shame that we couldn’t bring both Venturini Motorsports and mike’s hard lemonade the finish that they deserved. 

Next up for Steve Arpin is a lot of traveling as we prepare for our 2011 announcement. “We’ve been working really hard all winter long putting together our plans for the 2011 season. We are getting real close to an announcement and I can’t wait to let all my fans know what we have to look forward to this season.

THREE TIME ARCA WINNER STEVE ARPIN LOCKED IN FOR DAYTONA

February 3rd, 2011

CONCORD, N.C. (February 3, 2011) — Two time ARCA Series Most Popular Driver, Steve Arpin will return to the driver’s seat of the No. 25 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Toyota for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 12 for Venturini Motorsports. The young Canadian heads to the hallowed grounds for the first race of the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season with some familiarity — and only one mission – to bring home the win.

Arpin was impressive during his first full season with Venturini Motorsports, winning the most races of any driver competing in the ARCA Series with three wins in the No.55 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Toyota. While only competing in 18 of the 20 ARCA Racing Series events, as he drove in seven races for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Arpin went on to finish 12th in the final ARCA Series standings. The three victories came at three very diverse tracks, the high banked short track of Salem (Ind.) Speedway and then onto the 1 ½ mile intermediate track at Texas Motor Speedway in April and finally to the 1 mile dirt oval at DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in September. Arpin also had seven top-five and 10 top-10 finishes throughout the 2010 ARCA Series racing season.

While those were impressive stats for Arpin, one of his biggest accomplishments in the 2010 season was earning the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Most Popular Driver Award for the second consecutive year.

This week, Arpin and Venturini Motorsports will embark on another race together, with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

The up and coming star recently took his turn on the high banks of the newly re-paved Daytona for his first laps on the new racing surface in the ARCA-sanctioned open test session on January 11-13. Shaking down the new racing surface, he drove the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Toyota to a fast lap of 48.660 seconds (184.957 mph), 10th overall, during the test.

“I think it (the re-pavement) is going to make for some real exciting racing, we are going to see a whole new Daytona,” Arpin said. “This year I think you are going to see a lot tighter packs, a lot more three-wide racing with the amount of grip the track has.”

The No.25 Toyota will host the black and yellow Mike’s Hard Lemonade paint scheme once again at Daytona International Speedway.

“It’s great having Mike’s Hard Lemonade back with us this year, stated Arpin. “ Last year was a great success for everyone involved and we are excited about our continued partnership.”

Veteran crew chief and 2010 Crew Chief of the Year, Kevin Reed will be sitting atop the pit box with hopes of leading Venturini Motorsports to its first victory at Daytona.

“Venturini’s has always put a great effort into Daytona,” said Arpin, the 2010 Inside Track Reader’s Choice Awards Canadian Racer of the Year. “The problem with restrictor plate racing is that anything can happen and you have to play everyone of your cards right and hope that luck is on your side. But on the same token all we have control over is the effort that we put in. Being at the shop, I see first hand the time and effort the entire team is putting into it, not just me as a driver. I think in all of the years that we have gone to Daytona; they have come a long way with their restrictor plate program each and every year.  I think it is going to be a cut above the rest this year more so than any other year. “

This time around, Arpin and Venturini Motorsports have higher expectations for the race ahead.

TORONTO STAR – ARPIN COURTS CANADIAN SPONSOR FOR NASCAR

January 29th, 2011

Toronto Star Saturday, January 29th 2011

Norris McDonald
Motorsport Writer

Any good race driver will tell you that in order to go fast, you slow down.

It’s no good going so fast that you lose control. By the time you get straightened out, the racers who are driving methodically on pace and in a rhythm are going to pass you.

Same with finding sponsorship. Sending out a hundred cold-call proposals probably won’t work. But getting a foot in the door and then building a relationship could pay big dividends down the road.

So thinks Steve Arpin, the 27-year-old Fort Frances, Ont., racing driver who’s been setting the short-track world on its ear for most of the last 12 years and is now knocking on the door of NASCAR’s big leagues.

He’d like to bring the sponsor he’s been courting for years — Vancouver-based Mike’s Hard Lemonade — with him.

“This is something we’ve been working on since our dirt-tracking days back at Deer Creek Speedway (near Rochester, Minn.),” Arpin said during an interview last weekend at the Canadian Motorsports Expo in Mississauga, which he attended with his wife, Katrina.

“We developed a great relationship with them there,” he said. “They were a sponsor at that race track and when we raced there we did everything we could to help them out. As I’ve moved up to the higher levels of motorsports, we’ve kept that relationship going.”

As he’s been working on his sponsor, Arpin’s also been working on his racing. He’s been a regular in the ARCA Stock Car Series the last two years (he won his first two races in that championship, back-to-back, last season and also ran a few NASCAR Nationwide Series races for Dale Earnharedt Jr.’s JR Motorsports team) and that followed more than a decade of success on the short tracks of northern Ontario and the U.S.

He’s been, in no particular order going back to 2001, USAC Silver Crown Series rookie-of-the-year, Minnesota Modified champion, 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Most Popular Driver, Florida Speedweeks DIRTcar champion, IMCA Dakota Classic Modified Tour champion and the winner, in total, of 127 dirt modified races over five seasons.

Oh, and he was track champion at his local Emo Speedway (west of Fort Frances) in 2001 and ’02, when he was first starting out, as well as being Polaris Industries snowmobile champion the same two years.

But now he’s on the cusp of big things and Arpin doesn’t stray far from the message when he’s talking about his ambition in life.

“In a perfect world, I’d like to race a full season this year in the Camping World Truck Series and a full Nationwide season — and let’s throw in a couple of Cup races for good measure. But right now I’m focusing on trucks and I’d like to take Mike’s with us. As drivers, we have to market ourselves, we have to brand ourselves so that a corporation thinking about coming into the sport sees value in us, sees value in building a brand around us.

“Mike’s has never been involved in a full-blown NASCAR program and we want them to be just as comfortable moving forward as we are. At the end of the day, this isn’t about me, it’s not about my wife, it’s about us doing a good job for them. We have to build their brand into the sport — and secure my future as a race car driver, as well.”

Mike’s got on board the Arpin bandwagon last season after he won the ARCA race at Salem Speedway in Indiana. Their logo was on the car at the next race at Texas Motor Speedway, which he also won – a pretty good way to make an impression.

“It was the biggest week of my life,” he laughed. “I won Salem, I won Texas and then Dale Jr. called and asked me to do some races for him. It was like, holy cow.”

It also was, like, holy cow when he made his first start in the Nationwide Series at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, in which he qualified fourth.

“I ran up front most of the day, but a funny thing happened. I’d maybe run 47, 48 asphalt races in my life to that point and we’re racing and my crew chief, Tony Eury Jr., calls me on the radio and he says, ‘All right, bud, pit next time by,’ and we’re still under green and I said, ‘Whoa, buddy, I’ve never ever done a green flag pit stop before!’ But we got through it.”

The superspeedways, he said, present a huge mental challenge.

“It takes such incredible focus and concentration to be going 200 miles an hour and your spotter is on the radio telling you that you’re six or seven deep, three-wide, in the middle. You’re an inch off the guy’s bumper in front of you, you’ve got two or three inches on either side of you and there’s another guy on your rear bumper and it’s just a mental thrill maintaining your line and using the air (drafting) to gain an advantage and get past the guy in front of you or to use the air (pull out of the draft) to slow another guy down.”

And Steve, what’s it like to get caught up in “the big one,” as happened in that same Talladega race?

“You don’t have any sensation of speed until you’re wrecking,” he said. “When you start wrecking, it feels like you’re going 600 miles an hour. There are no brakes. I hit someone so hard that to this day I honestly don’t know who it was because the smoke was so thick and so heavy.”

Doesn’t something like that make you a little nervous?

“You don’t have time to be scared, it happens so fast.”

The name of the game, however, is to protect the car as much as possible in order to continue in the race and record a good finish.

“I’ve always tried to drive my way through wrecks,” Arpin said. “Most of the time, you’ve got at least some control, so I try to maintain as much as I can to minimize the damage and get going again as soon as the wreck is over.

“You watch Jimmie Johnson or you watch Greg Biffle and when they get into situations where they seem to be out of control, they’re in so much control that it’s unbelievable and they protect their car that way.

“That’s how I want to be as a driver. Someone who minimizes the damage and keeps racing hard to the finish.”

And representing his sponsor as best he can, too.

STEVE ARPIN VOTED TOP CANADIAN ON THE INTERNATIONAL RACING SCENE

January 27th, 2011

STEVE ARPIN VOTED TOP CANADIAN ON THE INTERNATIONAL RACING SCENE BY READERS OF INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS

Arpin accepted the Readers’ Choice Award live during the Canadian Motorsports Expo

For immediate release: January 27, 2011

TORONTO, ON – On Saturday, January 22, Canadian stock car racer Steve Arpin was in Toronto to accept a prestigious honour. The 27-year-old Ontario-born driver was in Canada’s biggest city to accept the Inside Track Motorsport News Readers’ Choice Award for being voted the Canadian Racer of the Year Participating at the Highest Levels of International Competition. The award was based on Arpin’s achievements in 2010 and was determined based on votes cast via a secure, online poll of almost 7,000 Inside Track readers and website visitors.

The awards presentation took place on-stage during the Canadian Motorsports Expo. In all, 13 Inside Track Readers’ Choice Awards were handed out at the Expo, celebrating Canada’s top current and future stars in a variety of motorsports disciplines, including stock cars, road racing, drag racing, motorcycle racing, karting and rallying.

Arpin, who now resides in Cornelius, North Carolina, received almost 35% of the total votes cast in the ‘International’ category. Arpin’s 2010 successes in the U.S.-based ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide Series allowed him to best his fellow Canadian nominees in the category – including open-wheel sensations James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens – for the prestigious title.

“To be recognized for any award is fabulous,” said Arpin. “But it is such a special honour to have the fans vote for you. This kind of award is something that means far more to me than the trophies for points.”

Running a limited schedule in the ARCA Series with Venturini Motorsports, Arpin was able to claim three race victories (at DuQuoin, Texas and Salem) in his #55 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Toyota. His obvious talent and ARCA success quickly caught the eye of NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner Dale Earnhardt Jr. Entered into seven Nationwide races in JR Motorsports’ #7 and #88 Chevrolets, Arpin earned one top-10 result (in the Subway Jalapeno 250 race).

Concluded a smiling Arpin, “Everything I’ve accomplished so far was made possible by the support I’ve received, not just from Mike’s, but from the fans all across the country. I’m living my dream right now, and these people are along on the ride with me.”

Published 12 times a year, Inside Track Motorsport News is ‘The Official Publication of Canadian Motorsports.’ The Readers’ Choice Awards are a key component of the publication’s core commitment to focus positive attention on this country’s current and future stars.

“Voting for the 2010 Inside Track Readers’ Choice Awards was the busiest in the nine-year history of the program,” said Inside Track Editor Greg MacPherson. “Our readers are the experts and it is an honour for Steve and the other winners to be named ‘Canada’s best’ after almost 7,000 votes have been cast and counted. We thank Steve for coming to Toronto and the Canadian Motorsports Expo to accept his award in person. He is a talented racer and a real gentleman and we look forward to following his progress in the sport. He is an excellent ambassador for Canadian racing.”

Inside Track Communications fast facts: Inside Track Communications is the industry leader in motorsports publications. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Inside Track Communications publishes Inside Track Motorsport News (www.insidetracknews.com), Inside Motorcycles (www.insidemotorcycles.com), and Inside MotoX & Off Road (www.insidemotocross.com).

For more information about the Readers’ Choice Awards, contact Greg MacPherson at (416) 962-7223 or by e-mail at greg@insidetracknews.com.

RISING CANADIAN STOCK CAR STAR STEVE ARPIN TO APPEAR AT THE CANADIAN MOTORPSORTS EXPO

January 14th, 2011

The Racing Season Begins January 21-23, 2011 at Toronto’s International Centre

(TORONTO, ON // January 14, 2011) Steve Arpin, a top Canadian prospect in pursuit of a full-time ride in one of NASCAR’s premiere racing divisions, will be on hand to participate in the Canadian Young Guns Fan Q&A Forum on Saturday morning, January 22 (10:45 to 11:30 a.m.) at the Canadian Motorsports Expo.

The 27 year-old Arpin, who lists Fort Frances, Ontario as his hometown, will come to Toronto directly from an ARCA Series test at Daytona to discuss his career, as well as his plans and hopes for the upcoming 2011 stock car racing season. Arpin will also be participating in the Inside Track Readers’ Choice Awards presentations on Saturday evening at the CME (starts at 6:45 p.m.).

No stranger to the Winner’s Circle, Arpin started his competitive career with seven snowmobile World Championships before switching his focus to four-wheeled, dirt track competition. Innumerable race wins and championships followed as Arpin campaigned his #00 Dirt Modified throughout Ontario and the mid-western United States. A three-season stretch of consecutive race wins at his home track, Emo Speedway, resulted in a competitive ‘bounty’ being placed on his head, but the challenge went unclaimed as Arpin’s success continued.

Eventually heading to the heart of NASCAR country, Arpin settled in North Carolina and was befriended by Sprint Cup star Carl Edwards. Offered a ride in Edwards’ Silver Crown car, Arpin went on to earn the USAC Rookie of the Year award in 2008.

He then moved to the ARCA series, first with Eddie Sharp Racing and then with (Billy) Venturini Motorsports (in 2009). That effort resulted in a seventh-place, year-end points effort and his first of two ARCA Most Popular Driver awards. Returning to the ARCA Series last year with a limited schedule, Arpin piloted his #55 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Toyota to three race victories (DuQuoin, Texas and Salem) and 10 top 10 finishes.

That success opened the door to seven NASCAR Nationwide Series starts for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports (driving both the #7 and #88 Chevrolets), where Arpin scored a top-10 finish in the Subway Jalapeno 250 event. Last season, Arpin was backed by Canadian-based Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

Said Arpin of his drives for JR Motorsports, “Nationwide was definitely an eye-opener, I learned so much in those seven races, watching and following Carl (Edwards), Kyle (Busch) and Brad (Keselowski), I learned something every lap. And that experience paid dividends when I returned to the ARCA series.”

Usually reluctant to get out of a racecar, Arpin is nevertheless excited about his first-ever visit to Toronto. “We have an incredible fan base in Canada, and their support is what makes the effort worthwhile. It will be so cool to be able to meet some of them, shake their hands, sign some autographs and thank them for their interest.”

ABOUT THE CME: The Canadian Motorsports Expo is a three-day celebration of Canadian racing that runs January 21, 22 and 23, 2011 at the International Centre (6900 Airport Road in Mississauga). The show is powered by Inside Track Motorsport News. In addition to booths and racing vehicles representing the entire spectrum of Canadian motorsports, the show is loaded with seminars and forums to entertain and inform racers and fans alike. Star drivers, including reigning IndyCar Series Champion and Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, rising NASCAR Sprint Cup star Brad Keselowski, Canadian racing champions Ron Fellows, Junior Hanley, DJ Kennington and many others, will be at the CME to sign autographs and meet the fans. Please check the show’s website regularly for updates and changes.

For more information about the Canadian Motorsports Expo, visit www.canadianmotorsportsexpo.com. You can reach co-promoters Glenn Butt at (905) 721-1762 or Inside Track at (416) 962-7223 or email info@canadianmotorsportsexpo.com.

STEVE ARPIN 2010 ARCA SERIES MOST POPULAR DRIVER

December 5th, 2010

Cincinnati, OH (12-5-10) – For the second consecutive year in a row, driver of the No.55 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Toyota, Steve Arpin, took home the ARCA Series Most Popular Driver Awards presented by National Speed Sport News.

The 2010 ARCA Series Most Popular Driver Awards was voted on by the fans through an online poll that allowed fans to vote every day throughout the 2010 racing season. In the end over 10,000 votes were accounted for with Fort Frances, Ontario native Steve Arpin taking home more than 4,000 of those votes.

“What can I say, I have the absolute best fans in the world,” stated young Steve Arpin. “I have worked really hard to get here and along the way I have met some incredible people along the way. I have an amazing fan base back home in Fort Frances and throughout Canada and I have an even larger fan base throughout that U.S. that have been following me since my dirt modified career. I just want everyone who has been chasing this dream with me for the last few years to know how much their support really means to me. It’s an awesome feeling to know you have so many people standing behind you.”

2010 ARCA Banquet Video -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTWujE6QmZk

ARCA DRIVER STEVE ARPIN HAS BIG PLANS FOR NEXT YEAR AFTER NASCAR STINT

November 18th, 2010

After running some Nationwide races for JR Motorsports, Arpin is now looking for something bigger.

The Fort Frances, Ontario native Steve Arpin told the Fort Frances Times that he had big things planned for 2011, yet can’t talk about them yet.

“I’ve got incredible plans of what I want to do,” Arpin said. “I’m just trying to talk all these team owners into going along with my plan.

“As hard as it is to keep my mouth shut, I have to at this point.”

In his plans, he looks to race full-time in NASCAR, either in the Nationwide Series or the Camping World Truck Series.

Most would say this is the off-season for racing that Arpin has entered, however his appointment book would say otherwise.

“We’re just really working hard,” he remarked. “It may be the off-season, but it’s the absolute most stressful time of the year putting these deals together.”

Whichever plan works out for Arpin, it’ll be another year of learning.

If he goes down the Camping World Truck Series route, he’s never raced a truck before.

If he goes down the Nationwide Series route, several tracks will be new and the new car set to be permanently implemented into the series.

“It was a lot different than the cars we’re used to running,” Arpin told me of driving the car at Daytona. “But they were fun. At times they were a handful, and you really had to be up on the wheel and focused at the job at hand.”

Arpin’s best showing in the Nationwide Series this past year was a 10th place finish at the Subway Jalapeno 250 on July 2nd at Daytona, driving the new Nationwide C.O.T.

“To come out of Daytona with a top-10 was an amazing feeling for me,” Arpin said. “The guys back at the JRM shop have put a ton of work into our restrictor-plate program and I think it showed with the finish we had there.”

Arpin is best known, though, for his racing on the ARCA circuit as he won three races and recorded six other top 10s driving the No. 55 for Venturini Motorsports.

“I think of all the places to get your first ARCA win, Salem is just the coolest place in the world,” he said in reference to the first win at Salem. “Regardless, you’re going to absolutely love it but just the history and looking at who has run there and who has won there is absolutely unbelievable. There’s just so much history. Like, almost every driver that’s in the Cup Series has raced at Salem one time or another. It’s just a really cool place.”

Arpin began racing in the ARCA season in 2008 after catching the eye of Eddie Sharp whole driving USAC Silver Crown cars for Carl Edwards.

However, things didn’t work out with Eddie Sharp so he made the transition to Venturini Motorsports.

“Before I signed up with Venturini Motorsports, I had talked to Bill Venturini a little bit and we really hit it off good,” Arpin said in speaking of how the deal came together. “But we were so far ahead with our deal with ESR that we decided to go with ESR and start in that direction and we really just kept in touch with Venturini. They just watched our performance and about halfway through the year when I talked with them, when my deal with ESR was up, we re-evaluated our program and we realized things weren’t going right there we decided to go with Venturini.”

Arpin ended the 2009 ARCA Season seventh in points and took home the Most Popular Driver award.

Easily, Arpin could have finished in the top 10 in points this year, though he missed some races as a result of running seven races for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series.

“When the opportunity came up to drive for Dale [Earnhardt] Jr. for them seven races, it was a pretty incredible thing that we just couldn’t pass up,” Arpin reasoned.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. chose to put Arpin in the No. 7 after both Mark Martin and Carl Edwards recommended him. The first meeting between Arpin and Earnhardt Jr. took place at Texas, a week before his first start.

“It was pretty cool,” he told me back in June. “I was always a Dale Jr. fan growing up. I liked how he showed a lot of respect and didn’t tear up a lot of his equipment. It was neat as the first time I met him, he was sitting in the trailer and you’d never know you’re sitting next to Dale Earnhardt Jr.”

“Since then, we’ve been able to hang out a little bit though not that much with both of our schedules. He’s also been good at giving me advice whenever I need it and sometimes we walk through what to expect at a track before running it.”

The entire experience, however, didn’t set in for Arpin till Talladega.

“To be honest, it didn’t set in till I was sitting on pit road with Carl Edwards beside me, Kevin Harvick on the pole and saw Dale Jr.’s name on the car,” he said. “Just to be involved and to be recognized for what I’ve done is an honor. It’s the biggest accomplishment so far for me with having Tony Eury Jr. as the crew chief and Kelley Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the owner.”

Working with Tony Jr. turned out to be a plus for Arpin as it allowed him to learn a lot.

“Tony Jr. is a great crew chief and mentor,” Arpin said. “Even for his age, he’s got a ton of experience and has seen pretty much everything this sport can throw at you. He’s an awesome guy to have in your corner.”

Right out of the gate, he met expectations as he qualified fourth in his first start at Talladega Superspeedway. Though a pit road speeding penalty set him back and a crash late in the race resulted in a 26th place finish.

“It’s been a struggle,” he said. “We had a really good car at Talladega. The pit road speeding penalty put us behind; we were only speeding by 0.03mph.”

The next three races he ran didn’t end much better, with the only highlight being a qualifying effort of seventh at Charlotte.

“Charlotte was the means of miscommunication and me not checking my mirrors,” he said in reference to the wreck. “You’ve got to learn every time you’re out, whether good or bad, and it’s been a good learning experience. Actually, this past month I’ve learned more then I had up to this point in racing.”

In Tony Eury Jr.’s mind, Arpin did well those first couple of races.

“Steve has impressed us with what he’s been able to do in the No. 7 Chevrolet with his limited experience,” Tony Eury Jr. told me back in June. “There’s no doubt the kid has a lot of talent, especially with what he’s been able to do dirt racing. He had a couple great qualifying efforts at Talladega and Charlotte over the past few weeks.”

“He did have his work cut out for him at Richmond and Darlington, which are two of the toughest tracks we race at. Being a rookie in the series it’s not easy to run at those facilities. We’ve had some growing pains, and caught some bad luck with a couple wrecks, but overall, he’s shown promise.”

Looking over everything, Arpin called it a good year.

“We were really fast wherever we went. We accomplished a lot of what we wanted to accomplish,” Arpin said. “We won more races than anyone else in the series and didn’t even race all of the races. It was, all in all, a really good year and opened up a lot of doors. We have a lot of possibilities for moving up next year.”

Arpin grew up racing racing on dirt at Emo Speedway so he has gone through a steep learning curve the past couple of years, learning about asphalt racing.

“The hardest thing was to forget all I knew on dirt racing that I thought would help on asphalt,” he said. “It was a real eye opener when I started running asphalt. Basically, you got to throw away 98% of what you know about dirt racing.”

In this past year with what he has learned, he said it could fill a novel, but noted patience was the biggest lesson.

“Back in dirt racing, you would take the green flag and you would have 20 or 25 laps and that’s it. That’s the race,” he explained. You’ve got to be 100 percent every lap.

“On the asphalt races, you’ve got 200 and 300 laps. When you’re getting 60, 70, 80 laps on a set of tires, it’s really easy to be really fast at the start of a run and then use up your equipment, use up your tires, and then from Lap 40 on, you’re really slow.”

Arpin’s love for racing started at the local dirt track at the age of five.

“I started going to the dirt tracks with my dad and watching dirt track racing with my dad and I’ve just loved it ever since,” he said. “When I was about eight years old, when I found there was a go-kart track that was about 45 minutes away, I just kind of worked my butt off for two years delivering newspapers and all that kind of stuff like that to try to save enough money to buy my first go-kart. By the time I was 10, I had enough money saved up to buy a go-kart and that’s where it all started.”

Arpin quickly showed that he had the talent as he started winning races at the go-kart and dirt modified level quickly, including a record that still stands today of winning every race at Emo Speedway for three straight years.

His success on dirt at Emo Speedway in Ontario and across the United States caught everybody’s attention, including Sprint Cup Series veteran Mark Martin.

Martin was quoted saying on SB Nation that he’d pick Arpin against anybody on dirt.

“I didn’t know he said that till I heard Dale Jr. say that on national TV,” Arpin said of the quote. “It knocked the wind out of me hearing that. For Mark Martin to go out of his way and say something like that means a lot to me. He’s a guy with a lot of respect so you listen if you hear something coming from him.”

Arpin has been through his share of adversity as the beginning of 2008 was rough for Arpin, as he would suffer burns on his hands, thighs, and groin as a result of a radiator hose blowing off and spraying him with water.

Away from the track he’s got his mind on racing, though he likes spending time with his wife Katrina.

“Thinking about the next time I’m going back to the track,” he said when I asked what he likes to do away from the track. “With the schedule, I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had a lot of time to do much otherwise. When I’m not at the track, I’ve been running the simulator’s to try to get better.”

“When I do get time, I like to hang out with my wife (Katrina) as we don’t get a lot of time. The other day we played tennis. When we get back from Michigan actually, we’re going to take a trip to Charleston.”

Though five years down the road, Arpin hopes he’s at the Cup Series level.

“My dream is to be in the Cup Series,” he said. “I’d like to win the ARCA Championship this year and then keep a relationship going with JR Motorsports next year. Though I don’t want to move up too quick as I want to make sure I’m ready when the opportunity comes.”

To those who are looking to get to Arpin’s level, he says stick with it no matter what.

“Don’t get down,” he said. “There was a lot of people telling me you can’t do it, it’s all about the money, but I stuck with it and went after it. If you know you can do it, then keep going after it.”

by Ashley McCubbin

www.speedwaymedia.com

STEVE ARPIN ON A MISSION TO SEIZE FOURTH WIN OF THE SEASON AT THE ROCK

October 7th, 2010

CORNELIUS, N.C. (October 7, 2010) — Coming off a solid runner-up
finish, mike’s hard pink lemonade driver Steve Arpin has the momentum
to close the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards
season in victory lane at the historic Rockingham Speedway for
Saturday’s American 200.

“Rockingham has been a great track for me,” said Arpin. “I got my
first top-ten there at the start of last year and should have won the
fall race. The track is just so much fun; you can run from the top to
bottom and really control your own fate with how you race the track.”

The Canadian native finished 10th in the spring race last year at the
Rock and when the series returned in the fall, he led four times for a
combined 20 laps. In 17 starts this season, he has seven top-five and
ten top-10 finishes and retains the top spot for the most wins in the
series with three victories.

“Venturini Motorsports has a great track record at the Rock and I see
no reason why we can’t come home with our fourth trophy and end the
year off right,” Arpin commented. “We’ve got the equipment and crew to
get the job done, even if we are dressed in pink!”

In honor of a Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co. employee who lost her battle
with breast cancer, the No. 55 Toyota has featured a pink design for
the past several races. The company made a $250,000 donation last year
to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in memory of
Jacqueline S., who was a part of the Mike’s family since the company
was founded. Mike’s has pledged to repeat the contribution in 2010.

Arpin has coordinated his own efforts away from the track kicking off
an eBay Charity Auction with 100% of the proceeds benefiting BCRF.
Items featured include autographed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Steve Arpin
diecast, a JR Motorsports crew shirt, Steve Arpin signed Mike’s Hard
Lemonade t-shirt, and more. For a direct link to the auction listings,
please visit www.stevearpin.net or search for eBay User ID
“STEVEARPIN.”

The American 200 at Rockingham Speedway gets underway on Saturday,
October 9. The race is scheduled to be televised live on Speed
beginning at 12:30 p.m. Live timing and scoring and live audio
coverage will be available at ARCARacing.com.