Bryan Herta Rally Sport drivers Patrik Sandell and Austin Dyne head to Las Vegas this week looking to conclude what has been a strong first year in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship for the team on a high note after being eliminated from title contention last time out in Barbados.
Sandell, who has won more heat races than any other driver this season, currently sits sixth in the points table and still retains an outside chance of moving up to second place, although the Swede admits that the championship table is no longer his top priority.
“Being the last race of the season doesn’t really affect my strategy: we’re going with the goal of putting the Kobalt Tools car in victory circle,” said the Detroit II race winner. “Maybe we were thinking about the championship and points at the last race in Barbados, but now we don’t really have anything to lose. So now we just go for it and try to win this race!”
Team mate Dyne, who scored his maiden Red Bull GRC podium in Daytona earlier this season, goes into the final round without a chance of making the top three despite contending for the title early on in the season. However, the former NASCAR driver still has his sights firmly set on a podium finish.
“Our goal this week in Vegas is simple: get the Cuttwood car on the podium,” said Dyne.
“We found some speed in Barbados, and put it on the pole. I think those changes will be effective in Vegas too and the #14 car will be a contender for the win.”
Herta’s GRC Lites driver Colllete Davis is also looking to end her maiden rally cross campaign on a positive note.
The former open wheel racer goes to Vegas aiming to continue improving before the season draws to a close
“Our goals this week are the same as every week: improve every session out, finish strong, and hopefully get the River Racing Lites car on the podium heading into the off-season,” she said.
“I’m pretty excited, yet sad it’s the final race of the season. As a driver, you want to race every weekend and never have the season end. But it’ll be awesome racing in Vegas for our finale; I’m sure the crowd will be huge with the SEMA show going on the week.”