Subaru Rally Team USA’s Sverre Isachsen wins at DirtFish Rally School
Port of LA
Following a hectic consecutive two days of racing at the Port of Los Angeles, Sept. 20 and 21 for Rounds 7 and 8 of Red Bull Global Rallycross racing, Scott Speed (Andretti Motorsports) and Rhys Millen (Hyundai) came away with first place wins respectively. Meanwhile Ken Block (Hoonigan Racing) took the Championship points lead followed by Joni Wiman (Olsberg MSE) and Nelson Piquet Jr. (SH Racing). Vermont SportsCar/Subaru Rally Team USA driver and fan favorite Travis Pastrana who has been racing in the Rally America series this year also returned to the RBGRC track for the second time this season since the X Games in Austin earlier this summer.
DirtFish Rally School
The series then headed north up the coast to the DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, WA. Royal Purple/OMSE2 driver Steve Arpin was looking for redemption after missing the final in the second race at LA. Joining the Subaru Rally Team of Sverre Isachsen and Bucky Lasek was David Higgins who has also been competing in Rally America and won the 2014 Championship with co-driver Craig Drew. On one of the longest tracks the Red Bull GRC has raced this season, the Supercars lining up for the final were: Block, Wiman, Isachsen, Higgins, Tanner Foust (Andretti Motorsports), Brian Deegan (Rockstar) making his first start since Charlotte, Patrik Sandell (OMSE), Millen, Piquet and Speed. Jumping to the lead from the start, Isachsen earned the Subaru Rally Team USA’s first win of the season.
In Lites series action Mitchell DeJong (OMSE) captured the championship with his sixth race win of the season.
The Red Bull GRC will close out the 2014 season at Las Vegas on Nov. 5.
NHRA Pro Stock – Erica Enders-Stevens
Royal Purple sponsored Erica Enders-Stevens was in fifth place with her Elite Motorsports Camaro going into the six race NHRA Pro Stock Countdown to the Championship. Enders-Stevens recorded strong ET and MPH securing her position as Number One qualifier heading into eliminations this past weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, MO. Advancing to the semifinals, Enders-Stevens recorded a great light but had tire shake and had to turn it off.
With just three races remaining in the season, Enders-Stevens is now third in the points standings. Her car will be “bleeding” Royal Purple for the final two races of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, CA on Nov. 12-15.
Miss Geico Wins at Clearwater
Miss Geico Offshore Racing won handily over the Lucas Oil Silverhook in the Superboat Unlimited class at the Clearwater Superboat National Championship held Sept. 26-28. The Miss Geico team will finish out the season next month at the Key West World Championships, Nov. 2-9.