Just this past weekend Red Bull Global Rally Cross came to Phoenix for the very first time in history to create history for Arizona. Not only was it a huge surprise to hear them coming to Phoenix, but it was even more of a surprise to hear what track they were going to be driving on. West Track is a 1.1 mile track made up of 11 turns. It is completely asphalt and surely not set up for Global Rally Cross, nor was the paddock area. Red Bull came in and completely transformed that part of the facility. Inside the paddock area you found that there were plenty of large tents, bridges where you got in and crossed into the pit area, and 5 large grand stands. Not one bit of this was there prior. On the track they built a 70ft jump just outside of turns 6-8, planted permanent like guard rails with fencing throughout the track, arches for start/finish, and outside of turn 2 became a dirt turn coming off of the straight and then going into turn 2. That shortened the course as the rest of it was used to simply get off track or warm up their tires. Inside of the oval, turns 9 and 10, they leveled the dirt and painted over it, placed a large live screen for the fans to see, and more permanent like guard rails. It was truly impressive that they did all of this in just a single week. When I arrived to see all of this, I had a large feeling it was going to be an amazing event that anyone should not have missed!
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Saturday was the beginning of the double header weekend with a bit of practice and qualifying heats for both the Lite Class and Super car Class. The track proved to be a completely different track for the drivers as they were not used to such a large track. The only time there was truly close contact racing was off of the start line and into the first 4 turns of the track. After they cleared the beginning of those turns, it was 2-3 drivers battling it out throughout the track for the remainder of the race.
Tanner Foust and Scott Speed swept the competition in their heats on Saturday and including Sunday, which gave them both lane choice. Foust was able to pick the front of the pack on both days as he destroyed the competition. Speed followed behind Foust for lane choice in the double header weekend.
Tanner Foust eliminated the competition on both Saturday and Sunday making him the first driver to win both days in a double header weekend. His lap times and driving were more than impressive all weekend. He was now the current points leader for the Red Bull Global Rally Cross 2016 series. This gave Foust his eighth and ninth victories of his Red Bull GRC career after winning the season opener on both days. After last weekend, he was able to become the new record holder for most wins in the Super Car Class for the Red Bull Global Rally Cross.
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