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SRT Motorsports/Dodge - Global RallyCross Championship Race Advance
Posted by: newsla on Jun 26, 2013 - 06:32 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
SRT Motorsports/Dodge - Global RallyCross Championship Race Advance - Rounds 2 & 3 - Munich, Germany

· Dodge and SRT Motorsports are teaming up with action sports legend Travis Pastrana for a second year of Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) competition.


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· Pastrana Racing will field two Dodge Darts at this weekend’s X Games in Munich, Germany. Pastrana will be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide race at Kentucky Speedway Friday night and will not be able to compete at Munich. Timur Timerzyanov 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 specific for GRC competition. The engine: purpose-built, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbo-charged, 600-horsepower.

A second race has been added to the X Games Munich schedule. The race on June 29 will serve as Round 2 of the GRC season, replacing last month’s scheduled event in Barcelona that was cancelled due to inclement weather.

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.

Timur Timerzyanov
No. 199 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart
Birthdate: 1/31/87
Hometown: Kazan, Tatarstan. Crew Chief: Derik Nelson
Career Rally Highlights
· 2012 European Supercar Champion
· Seven career European Supercar victories
· Made Global Rallycross Championship debut at SEMA in 2012
· Leads the 2013 FIA European Rallycross Championship by 13 points after five of nine races
· 2010 FIO European Rallycross Champion (Super 1600) with four victories and the first Russian to win a FIA Rallycross title

“After the unfortunate weather-related cancellation of the Barcelona event, the team is excited to make up that race with a doubleheader this weekend in Munich. We have a replacement driver for Travis (Pastrana) for this race due to his conflict with the Nationwide race in Kentucky. Timur Timerzyanov is a great addition to the team and will be running along with Bryce Menzies in the Dodge Darts. Timur has a fantastic Rallycross history. We’re hoping for some good racing and better results in Germany.”
-- Gary Johnson – SRT Motorsports Racing Manager

Bryce Menzies No. 99 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart
IS IT A BIG ADJUSTMENT TO GO FROM THE TORC SERIES TO GLOBAL RALLYCROSS? “We’ve only done one round in Brazil so far. Getting use to the cars and trying to figure the setup is quite a bit different than what I’m used to with my truck racing which is two-wheel drive compared to coming over to the Dodge Dart which is all-wheel drive. It’s just making all the adjustments, not only driving skills for myself but also setup-wise for the cars. We’re still testing and tuning, trying to fine-tune the cars to make ‘em faster and get ‘em up front.

“It has been a big challenge for me to transfer from off-road and what I’m used to into these rally cars, just trying to get used to the car, get comfortable, get some seat time. We’ve only had one round so far and it didn’t go as I planned. I’m looking forward to Munich and getting back in the car and getting a lot more seat time and racing.”

HOW DO YOU PREPARE TO COMPETE AT A COURSE THAT YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE? “It’s kind of one of those things where they give us a course map before we get here but it’s tough to really tell what the course is going to be like, how wide it is and all that stuff, until we actually see the course itself. And secondly, you’ve just got to be ready. Once we get there, you walk around the course and mentally prepare.

“I think this round is going to be awesome. I haven’t been in the car that much so I think this is going to play into our favor; I think we’re going to do really well here.”

DOES HAVING TWO RACES BACK-TO-BACK THIS WEEKEND HELP YOU? “I believe so just because we really don’t get that much driving time in these cars and we haven’t had that much testing with them. With a weekend like this with two rounds it’s huge just because we can try a lot of different stuff with two different cars. We can try different stuff on each car in practice and during the race. Just the driving time that we’ll get is really going to help us throughout the race weekend.”

YOU HAVE TIMUR TIMERZYANOV AS A TEAMMATE THIS WEEKEND. “Having Timur come over and drive I think is going to be awesome. He has a huge background of Rallycross experience; we can use that knowledge. Driver to driver, I think he can help me out a lot. A past champion is huge to have around you, just talking to him, trying to find different lines and how to drive the car. With him in the car, especially with two rounds, I think it’s going to help setup-wise.”

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