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Chip Ganassi Racing Earns First Medal in X-Game Debut

Chip Ganassi Racing Earns First Medal in X-Game Debut

by June 6, 2015 0 comments

AUSTIN, TX — While Steve Arpin is the one with an X Games Austin silver medal around his neck, he is most excited for how the result affects his team. 

“Honestly, the most exciting thing for me is that I was able to give these guys a finish they deserve,” Arpin said, “because they’ve been working their tails off.”

The work put into Chip Ganassi Racing’s debut at X Games resulted in Arpin’s first medal in the event and second Red Bull Global Rallycross podium after a berth in the final through the last-chance qualifying race. Starting at the rear for the six-car main event, a drive through the field allowed Arpin to take the checkered flag just behind defending winner Scott Speed.

Though the day “definitely did not start out” as Arpin planned by having to qualify through the LCQ, the driver survived the “carnage” of the main to finish the race near the front.

“We just had patience the entire race, and just stayed as smooth as we possibly could to keep the car in one piece,” Arpin said. “And it turned out great.”

Coming into X Games, the team “had a little bit of a different strategy.” In order to aid the GRC learning curve for a group new to the sport, the team used the non-points weekend to experiment. 

“We came into this weekend just wanting to try stuff and build a notebook,” Arpin said. “We had a lot of practice, so we tried a lot of different things.”

The trial-and-error practice time didn’t always yield the fastest results, as Arpin said that the team struggled with speed up until the Saturday-morning practice session.

“We came out this morning, we took all of our notes and put them together,” Arpin said. “And we had a really good race car.

“[The team has] been working so hard at putting the best piece they possibly could under me. To be able to give Chip Ganassi Racing — and just Chip Ganassi himself — his first X Games medal, that’s pretty cool.”

The momentum accompanying a medal around his neck and a podium finish “is huge in motorsports,” according to Arpin — but the driver won’t let it go to his head once the series returns to championship competition in Daytona. 

“We just can’t get too confident,” Arpin said. “We have a lot of work to do, we have a lot to learn yet, and Daytona is going to offer a whole new set of challenges.”

Feature Photo Credit: Alainis King

Alanis King

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