Red Bull Global RallyCross at Daytona International Raceway
The week started out very busy for Haus-sponsored driver Nelson Piquet Jr. The Sunday prior to hitting Daytona, Piquet started his first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Watkins Glen International in New York, finishing in 26th position.
Not bad for his first start! Piquet also has a track win in the NASCAR Nationwide series at the track. He wrapped up the week in Daytona, defending his championship lead in the Global Rallycross series.
The weekend started on a high note, with the team staying in the top 5 during both free practices and feeling great heading into the qualifying session.
Scheduled to qualify earlier in the session, Piquet’s qualifying runs were not up to snuff. The wetting of the track prior to the session considerably slowed his times compared to those who were in the latter part of the session.
During the main event, early contact with Ken Block damaged Piquet’s radiator and caused him to fall to the back of the pack and finish the race in 8th place. The Haus PV team was able to hold on to a 40-point lead over Ken Block in the Red Bull Global Rallycross points series.
Next stop for GRC is a doubleheader in Los Angeles on September 20-21.
IndyCar GoPRo Grand Prix of Sonoma
It was a shaky start - literally- for all the IndyCar teams in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, after a 6.0 earthquake rattled the Sonoma area early Sunday morning.
Many were worried that the track would be damaged, as the epicenter of the quake was just 15 short miles away. However, after inspection by safety officials, the track was deemed unharmed and cleared for racing.
Bourdais and the Mistic team qualified in the 7th position, on the inside of Row 4 for the 85-lap grand prix. After the green flag dropped and the cars reached the uphill section of the track, a multi-car accident forced Bourdais into the dirt. He received damage to his machine and stalled out, requiring a restart from the safety team.
Restarting the race in the back of the field, the team decided to gamble and change up their strategy for the race. Bourdais managed to work his way up to 15th before a second incident occurred, sending him to the back of the pack yet again with even more damage to his racecar.
Thankfully, there was time enough in the race for Bourdais to fight his way back to an 11th place finish. The former champ is holding on to eighth place in the championship standings. Here’s what the Frenchman had to say about his race:
Next up for the team is the season finale in Fontana for the MAVTV 500, held on August 29-30.
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