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GRC Preview: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Image via Las Vegas Motor Speedway Facebook/Photo credit: Jeff Speer

Despite the absences of Marcus Gronholm due to injury and Liam Doran and Andy Scott to the European Rallycross Championship finale, this weekend’s Global Rallycross Championship event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway should feature a minimum of 15 cars after a short field of 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This weekend’s entry list includes:

  • No. 3, Andreas Eriksson, Best Buy Ford Fiesta, Olsbergs MSE
  • No. 11, Sverre Isachsen, Puma Subaru Impreza, Subaru Puma Rallycross Team
  • No. 12, Stephan Verdier, Disney XD/Motorcity Hyundai Veloster, Rhys Millen Racing
  • No. 17, David Binks, eBay Motors Ford Fiesta, Olsbergs MSE
  • No. 34, Tanner Foust, Rockstar Energy/Etnies Ford Fiesta, Olsbergs MSE
  • No. 38, Brian Deegan, Rockstar Energy/Makita Ford Fiesta, Olsbergs MSE
  • No. 40, Dave Mirra, Puma Subaru Impreza, Subaru Puma Rallycross Team
  • No. 41, Richard Burton, Gumball STI Subaru Impreza, Gumball STI
  • No. 43, Ken Block, Monster Energy/DC Shoes Ford Fiesta, Monster World Rally Team
  • No. 57, Toomas Heikkinen, Bluebeam Ford Fiesta, Olsbergs MSE
  • No. 59, Pat Moro, Venom Energy/In-Vest USA Subaru Impreza, PMR Motorsports/Michael Crawford Motorsports
  • No. 67, Rhys Millen, Hyundai Racing Hyundai Veloster, Rhys Millen Racing
  • No. 77, Samuel Hubinette, Eneos Oil Saab 9-3, Scott-Eklund Racing
  • No. 81, Bucky Lasek, Puma Subaru Impreza, Subaru Puma Rallycross Team
  • No. 199, Travis Pastrana, Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart, Pastrana199 Racing

Image via Ford Racing Facebook

This event will mark the first start of the season for Eriksson, who scored 37 points in two events last year, while it will mark the first race for Heikkinen since his disqualification at Texas. Millen will also return to the series after skipping the New Hampshire round during the launch stages of Formula Cross. There has been no word on if Pastrana199 Racing will enter a second Dodge Dart as it did in Texas and X Games, or if they will remain a one-car team as when Travis Pastrana took the victory at New Hampshire.

Drivers will also be competing for the $25,000 Discount Tire/America’s Tire Cup bonus, which counts each driver’s results from Texas, New Hampshire, and Las Vegas. Currently, Olsbergs MSE teammates Foust and Deegan are tied for the lead with 32 points apiece, while Hubinette (28 points) and Pastrana (23) are also within striking distance. For an in-depth breakdown of how drivers can win the championship, click here.

Image via Global Rallycross Championship

The track layout is once again .77 miles long, but features some significant changes from the previous NASCAR tri-oval layouts at Charlotte and Texas. The jump is now at the exit of NASCAR pit road, while the shortcut actually takes drivers through the gap jump, as had been the plan at X Games. Dirt also returns, as part of the Legends track within the tri-oval will feature the clayish mixture from X Games and slight banking. For more analysis on the layout from Stephan Verdier, click here.

ESPN3 will broadcast the race live online at 11:30 PM ET on Saturday. ESPN2 will show the race again on television at 6 PM ET on Sunday.

– Chris Leone

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