1 EAT MY DUST
The first race of the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross season took place on the streets of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the end of May, and driver Miles Maroney celebrated by getting as close as humanly possible to the tire wall after making it through the course’s sand trap. “Coming out of the sand there wasn’t a lot of grip, so you had to be aware,” Maroney says. “If you were doing it right, you were getting close.
2 AIR DEFENSE
Twenty-one-year-old Collete Davis became the first woman to lead laps in Red Bull Global Rallycross as she grabbed some big air in the Lites class ahead of No. 42 Nur Ali. Davis’ background is in open-wheel racing, so this was the first time she got all four wheels launched. “I had to back off,” she says. “In practice I cleared the whole tabletop and almost landed in the sand.”
3 GUTS AND GLORY
Below, driver Alex Keyes’ No. 61 from Dreyer & Reinbold Racing gets a camber adjustment in the paddock. It’s a common enough occurrence during a race—except at Red Bull Global Rallycross the paddock is open to the public and fans can interact with the drivers and mechanics as they work away on the innards of the cars. “I think it’s cool,” Keyes says. “I love the atmosphere there. I came from the Indy Car paddock—that’s more serious. Here there’s music and they do an hourlong autograph session.”
4 BUMP DRAFT
There are tight turns, and then there’s this squeaker of a hairpin. Shown here in the hunt, Sebastian Eriksson in the No. 93 Olsbergs MSE car went on to finish fourth in his rookie race in the Supercar class of Red Bull Global Rallycross. The cramped conditions on the course proved to be the biggest challenge for drivers. “In that moment I was focused on staying close and not making any mistakes,” Eriksson says.
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross driver Scott Speed gets the champagne shower after finishing second in Fort Lauderdale. “When you come to the first race of the year, you’re always curious as to how fast you’re going to be,” he says. “We know right away that we are the pacesetters and we have a chance to win every race.”
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