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Dodge/SRT Motorsports - Global RallyCross Championship Race Advance - Round 2
Posted by: newsla on May 15, 2013 - 06:28 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Dodge/SRT Motorsports - Global RallyCross Championship Race Advance - Round 2 - Barcelona


DODGE GLOBAL RALLYCROSS NEWS
· Dodge and SRT Motorsports are teaming up with Global Rallycross action sports legend Travis Pastrana for a second year of Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) competition.
· Pastrana Racing will field two Dodge Darts at X Games Barcelona. Two-time Rally gold medalist Travis Pastrana will pilot the No. 199 Red Bull / Discount Tire Dodge Dart while off-road truck specialists and 2012 Trophy Truck - SCORE - Baja 500 champion Bryce Menzies will race the No. 99 Red Bull / Discount Tire Dodge Dart entry.
· The 2013 Global Rallycross Series Dodge Dart is custom built for GRC competition.
· The engine: purpose-built, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbo-charged, 600-horsepower.

 

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DID YOU KNOW?
· Pastrana Racing has developed a technical partnership with Dirtfish Rally School in Snoqualmie, Wash.
· Travis Pastrana is a five-time U.S. Amateur Motocross Champion and a 17-time gold medalist in Summer X Games.
· Scott Speed won the season opener in Brazil.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The team has made a lot of progress over the winter with many improvements to the car. The performance level of the car was evident in Brazil. We’re hopeful that this weekend we’ll have a little better luck on the track. The two cars used last year were updated over the winter and some of the shortcomings were corrected. Therefore, we hope to be very competitive this year.”
Gary Johnson – Racing Manager, SRT Motorsports

Travis Pastrana
No. 199 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart
Birthdate: 11/26/1986
Hometown: Annapolis, Md. Crew Chief: Derik Nelson
Career Rally Highlights
· Four-time Rally America Champion (2006-2009)
· Two-time Rally gold medalist at Summer X Games (2006 & 2008)
· First-place Rally America, Olympus (2010)
· First-place Rally America, Snow Drift (2010)
· Rally America Overall Champion (2009)

BRYCE MENZIES
No. 99 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart
Birthdate: 08/21/1987
Hometown: Mesa, Ariz. Crew Chief: Ian Davies

Career Racing Highlights
· 2012 TORC Short Course Pro2 Class champion.
· 2012 Baja 500 champion.
· 2011 TORC Short Course Pro2 Class champion.
· 2011 SCORE Off-Road Racing Series champion and Rookie of the Year.
· 2010 LOORRS Super Team of the year award.
· 2010 Finished 3rd in Lucas Off Road Racing Series
· 2007 CORR Single Buggy Championship and the CORR Rookie of the Year.

TV Coverage: Sunday, May 19 – ESPN – Time TBD

Gary Johnson (SRT Motorsports Racing Manager)
“The team has made a lot of progress over the winter with many improvements to the car. The performance level of the car was evident in Brazil. We’re hopeful that this weekend we’ll have a little better luck on the track.”

ARE THESE THE SAME CARS THAT WERE USED LAST YEAR WITH UPDATES DURING THE WINTER? “Yes, the two cars used last year were updated over the winter and some of the shortcomings of the car were corrected. Therefore, we hope to be very competitive this year.”

MORE COURSES THIS SEASON IN GLOBAL RALLYCROSS FEATURE DIRT AND WATER HAZARDS, A STEP TOWARDS MORE TRADITIONAL RALLYCROSS RACING. DOES THAT POSE MORE CHALLENGES FROM AN ENGINEERING STANDPOINT? “It does take additional engineering and tuning on the car based on the types of surfaces that you’re competing on. We’ve made some improvements knowing that the tracks were going to be different this year. I think we’re seeing the results of that effort on the track.”

WITH ALL THE JUMPING AND FLYING THROUGH THE AIR, IT APPEARS THE SUSPENSION ON THE CARS TAKE A BEATING. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SUSPENSION CHALLENGES? “The landing from the jumps is very hard on the car. We’ve addressed that with improvements to the suspension durability. The biggest issue now is mostly on-track incidents, not necessarily failures of the car.”

Travis Pastrana (No. 199 Red Bull / Discount Tire Dodge Dart)
YOU HAD A GREAT STRATEGY FOR THE FEATURE EVENT IN BRAZIL. HOW CLOSE WERE YOU TO PULLING IT OFF (GOING OUTSIDE WHEN THE REST OF THE FIELD WENT OT THE INSIDE AT THE START OF THE FEATURE EVENT)?
“It was difficult to pass on the course in Brazil. Everyone knew the start was going to be very important. Being on the outside of the second row (for the start), my only chance at coming out close enough to the front to have a chance at winning was to try and drive around the carnage that was sure to pile up on the inside. I charged past the leaders on the outside but got into the outside dirt berm and it slowed my momentum. I came back onto the racing line next to Tanner Foust who was in 3rd and tried to fit into the queue (line) but made contact. It damaged the suspension and punctured the left front tire. I was third when the driveshaft finally gave way and sent me spinning down the straightaway.”

IS THE WAY THE TRACKS ARE DESIGNED THIS YEAR AN ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE FOR TH DODGE DART? “The Dodge Dart is the American muscle car of the GRC. It's bigger so it handles the bumps and jumps better. It’s also more stable in most situations. The size is an advantage when we can put the power to the ground. We struggled at the first event because the tire they chose for everyone to run did not provide sufficient grip. Every track is different in the GRC series. I look forward to the tracks with a lot of diversity.”

IN BRAZIL, IT APPEARED THE KEY WAS GETTING THROUGH TURN ONE FIRST. IS THAT GOING TO BE THE CASE THIS YEAR, THE RACE IS WON IN TURN ONE?
“It was really tough in Brazil because a blue groove (rubber put down from the tires) provided extra traction in that small area of the track that everyone preferred (inside line). It was very difficult to pass because anyone that got out of the main line would slip and slide and lose time.”

HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE HEAT RACES? “Winning your heat race and getting first choice for a starting position on the first row is very important. In Brazil and tracks that are tough to pass on, starting position is even more crucial.”

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO THE DODGE DARTS SINCE BRAZIL IN PREPARATION FOR BARCELONA? “Every race is a test and we continue to improve the car and our strategy as the year progresses.”

Bryce Menzies (No. 99 Red Bull / Discount Tire Dodge Dart)
THE FORMAT FOR GRC EVENTS LEAVE LITTLE ROOM FOR ERROR. A PROBLEM AT THE START OF A HEAT RACE OR THE MAIN EVENT CAN BE CRITICAL. WAS THAT BASICALLY THE ISSUE FOR YOU IN BRAZIL? “In GRC, it is critical to get a good start and that comes from qualifying well. I felt like we had a good shot in the (Last Chance Qualifier) LCQ but something so little as the car in front of you missing a shift can take you out of the race. We have a strong team and cars; we just need to put it all together now.”

WHAT IS YOUR ANALYSIS OF THE FIRST EVENT IN BRAZIL? “In the first round, it did not go as expected. It was good to get back behind the wheel and see where the competition is at. The course in Brazil was awesome. It was just hard to get ahold of the slippery dirt.”

YOUR DODGE DART APPEARS TO BE AS FAST AS ANY ON THE TRACK. IT IS JUST A CASE OF KEEPING THE CAR CLEAN? “The Dodge Dart is as fast as or faster than any car out there. I just need to focus on qualifying well and getting good starts. That seems to be the key to winning these races.”

FROM WHAT YOU LEARNED IN BRAZIL, DOES YOUR RACE STRATEGY CHANGE FOR BARCELONA? “My strategy for Barcelona is to be more aggressive on the starts, try to get out front quick.”

DOES YOUR PREVIOUS RACING EXPERIENCE TRANSFER TO GRC RACING?
“My previous experience with racing has been in off-road trucks. There are some things that transfer over in driving technics but it’s mostly all new trying to learn the all-wheel drive Dart. It's taking some time but I’m feeling more comfortable every time I get in it.”

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