From Open Wheel To Rallycross: Bryan Herta Brings Together Diverse Racing Backgrounds, Expands Operation Into Red Bull GRC

From Open Wheel To Rallycross: Bryan Herta Brings Together Diverse Racing Backgrounds, Expands Operation Into Red Bull GRC

by April 17, 2015 0 comments

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By: Alanis King
Twitter: @alanisnking

When Red Bull Global Rallycross takes to the track in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. for its first race of the season in May, a pair of on-track competitors won’t be the only former rivals joining forces.

The introduction of Bryan Herta Rallysport will not only see Supercar drivers Austin Dyne and Patrik Sandell compete alongside each other as teammates for the first time, but also the union of Verizon IndyCar Series owner Bryan Herta and Sean Jones of 7R, Inc. as co-founders.

“I’m really looking forward to this new venture with Bryan,” Jones said in a statement released by the team on Thursday. “We started as competitors many years ago, and now we’ve come full circle as partners in Bryan Herta Rallycross.”

This isn’t Herta’s first taste of GRC, though — the owner helped fund Dyne’s venture into Supercars as a rookie last season in a partnership with Barracuda Racing, while Sandell piloted an Olsbergs MSE ride. As BHR makes its official expansion into GRC this year, its Indianapolis, Ind. shop will now house a fleet of rallycross cars amongst its open-wheel machines — including a GRC Lites entry for rookie Collete Davis — that represent the merger of more than just former opponents.

The team’s Supercar lineup marks a diverse acquisition of skill for a team owner versed in the realm of IndyCar racing. Dyne’s former endeavors include open-wheel and NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition, while Sandell brings nearly 10 years of professional rally experience.

“Patrik Sandell brings a great deal of experience and success to us as we embark on this exciting new project in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series,” team owner Herta said in a statement.

The feelings from Sandell on the new program are mutual, as the driver said that he thinks BHR “will be a really strong team from the beginning of the season” in its GRC debut.

“Bryan’s team has had success in other high-level forms of motorsports, and will bring GRC to a new level,” Sandell added. “Combining that with my rally experience will be a good mix.”

For Dyne, the combination will aid him in his second full-time Supercar season, as he said that it will be “awesome” to have rally veteran Sandell — who collected his first series win in Washington, DC last year — as a teammate.

“He has a lot of experience in stage rally,” Dyne said. “And also, this is his third season in GRC, so I hope to learn some stuff from him. I feel with my tarmac experience and his dirt experience, it will help us develop the car faster and be more successful as a team.”

Despite car struggles for Dyne in an older vehicle last year, the driver managed to qualify for the final event in eight of the 10 stops on the GRC schedule. Feeling as if he has “finally found a home in racing with BHR,” Dyne said that Herta was determined to make this year “much better.”

“It’s going to be an epic year, and there’s no one else I would want to race for than Bryan,” Dyne said. “I feel the combination of what Bryan’s team has done in IndyCar will work really well on the GRC side, and make us a top team for 2015.”

And while Jones is the only newcomer among GRC Supercar operation for the team, the co-owner shares Herta’s excitement to “start a new adventure in motorsports” and said that he is thrilled to bring his energy and experience into the series.

“The Red Bull Global Rallycross series is on the rise and its fast paced, high energy and action-packed formula resonates with the fans,” Jones said. “While we’re just now announcing our program, Don Lambert, Brian Page, Nick Franzosi and the rest of the gang at the shop have been working on this project for several months.

“Add to that our diverse, talented, and motivated group of drivers, factor in our commercial partners, Lowe’s and Kobalt Tools and Castrol MAGNATEC — all with a rich history in Motorsports — and we should have a winning formula on our hands.”

Alanis King

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