MRT VICTORIOUS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

LOUDON, NH — The first gymkhana round of the season took place at a cold New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on Tuesday. It was predicted that the Ford and VW would be quick on the twisty bits of the circuit, while the Subaru would be quickest on the oval, but this was disproven as five time champion Joshua Chance Mertz won his thirty seventh race in NASA RallyCross competition. Contact was aplenty in the heats and final, as fellow Subaru driver Ethan Lane made contact with Mertz in the heat race and also made contact with Matt Kingsbury in the final. The other Kingsbury, Ray, crashed with Dylan Livengood on the start of the lcq and missed his second final in a row. As a result of Marwan Moftah suddenly leaving the NASA RallyCross Challenge, Mertz moves to the points lead by 18 over Ray Kingsbury, if Moftah does not return. The series tackles asphalt once more next week in Lakeville, CT at Lime Rock Park.

1.) Josh Mertz

2.) Chad Simpson

3.) Chris Wetz

4.) Jacob Harberts

5.) Ethan Lane

6.) Matt Kingsbury

7.) John Virga

8.) Dylan Livengood

9.) Brandon Nicholson

10.) Ray Kingsbury

PROV.) Philip Kraus

TIME CHANGE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

Based on driver’s vote NASA Officials have elected to move the start time for Tuesday’s NASA Rallycross SuperCar Challenge has been moved back 1 hour to 8PM EST. Times are as follows:

Practice – 8pm EST
Drivers’ Meeting – 9pm EST
Warmup – 9:15pm EST
Qualifying – 9:20pm EST
Heat 1 – 9:30pm EST
Heat 2 – 9:40pm EST
LCQ – 9:50pm EST
Final – 9:55pm EST

Hopefully the new times should allow more participation and an earlier bed time to those on the East coast!

MRT Gaining Momentum Heading Into The Halfway Point of The Season

It took them four weeks, but Red Bull Subaru MRT showed why they are the leading squad in the NASA RallyCross Challenge as the Austrian team sealed their twenty-first one-two finish tonight in Daytona. Philip Kraus led home Joshua Chance Mertz in reverse order from the last event at the Daytona Short course, with the German playing rear gunner to his Canadian teammate after a tumultuous heat race, which then he transferred out of the LCQ. Also, in the final, it wasn’t easy for the team, as Marwan Moftah battled Mertz hard for the second spot but contact between them sent the Egyptian off the road. Marwan holds a 13 point lead over Mertz in the Championship, as Ray Kingsbury missed the final for the first time this season.

1.) Philip Kraus
2.) Joshua Chance Mertz
3.) Marwan Moftah
4.) Jacob Harberts
5.) Ethan Lane
6.) Matt Kingsbury
7.) Chris Wetz
8.) Ray Kingsbury
9.) Chad Simpson
10.) Dylan Livengood
PROV.) Douglas DeNise

MRT TO THE TOP OF THE PODIUM IN SONOMA

SONOMA, CA — Red Bull Subaru MRT was the team to beat at the Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday. After having two tough races to open the championship, Josh Mertz proved why he is the man to beat in NASA RallyCross, as the five time champion won seeding, his heat race, and the final, leading every lap in both races. The German notched up his thirty-sixth career win in NASA RallyCross, and the first for MRT and himself on iRacing with the Gen-4 regulations. Marwan Moftah extends his championship lead over Ray Kingsbury, as for the second consecutive week the Egyptian led the American home on the podium. This wasn’t without controversy, as Kingsbury came together with his brother and Philip Kraus at multiple points during the race. The only driver that was not involved with the midfield battle was Jacob Harberts, as the American crashed on the opening lap of the race and had to bring the privateer Last Lap Motorsports entry home last in the final. Interestingly, Revolution Racing missed the final with both cars for the first time since the 2018A Canadian RX GP. Next week, the tour heads back to Daytona, running the short layout that was featured last season. Can Mertz make it two in a row at the layout and for the season? We will have to see…

1.) Josh Mertz
2.) Marwan Moftah
3.) Ray Kingsbury
4.) Philip Kraus
5.) Matt Kingsbury
6.) Jacob Harberts
7.) Chris Wetz
8.) Dylan Livengood
9.) Zack Johnson
PROV.) Doug DeNise

The Egyptian Brings Out The Broom In Round 2 at Phoenix!

Marwan Moftah becomes the second driver in the history of NASA RallyCross to sweep the first two races in a season. The only other time this happened was the inaugural season of 2012A with Elliot Porterfield. It wasn’t easy, as the Egyptian had a fierce battle with Ray Kingsbury in the closing stages of the race. He leads Kingsbury by nine points going into Sonoma.

3.) Matt Kingsbury
4.) Chris Wetz
5.) Josh Mertz
6.) Doug DeNise
7.) Dylan Livengood
8.) Jacob Krause

PROV.) Connor Parise
PROV.) Cody Erdmann
PROV.) Philip Kraus
PROV.) Jacob Harberts

 

Round 1 at Daytona is in the books!

Marwan Moftah is the first winner of the Gen-4 regulations, after Joshua Chance Mertz strangely veered into Connor Parise on the start and took them both off the road. Parise miraculously clawed his way back to second, but the American was thrown to eighth after failing to take two jokers. A chaotic race in Daytona after we had the biggest field in recent memory. Points are the same as the results.

1.) Marwan Moftah
2.) Jacob Harberts
3.) Ray Kingsbury
4.) Philip Kraus
5.) Cody Erdmann
6.) Dylan Livengood
7.) Joshua Chance Mertz
8.) Connor Parise
9.) Matt Kingsbury
10.) Douglas DeNise
11.) Chris Wetz
12.) Tim Rengers

MRT Manufacturer Up In The Air for 2018B?

LOWELL , IN — MRT Team Principal Josh Mertz announced earlier this Friday morning that the seven-time NASA RallyCross Constructors’ Champions are at a critical point in chassis selection for 2018B. It is unknown whether Subaru will be appearing at the beginning of the new, Gen-4 championship in June, leaving Mertz with two choices on manufacturer. Rumor has it that he will select Volkswagen’s Beetle to run in the championship until Subaru sets up their WRX, but it is unknown whether Volkswagen will give full works support for the squad for only a few weeks.

FIREWORKS ABUNDANT IN VANCOUVER FINALE

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA — If we expected the Triple Crown to be “just another” NASA RallyCross race, we would be fooling ourselves. Eight cars arrived to the circuit, ready to compete for the final Gen-3 victory.

Joshua Chance Mertz was in a class of his own on Tuesday, fastest in seeding by 3 tenths of a second, and then winning his heat race. He backed this up by leading every lap of every final in the Triple Crown, and finishing off the Gen-3 era in style with his 35th career victory, and third (and final) in Vancouver. Philip Kraus was able to hold onto second, despite the fact that the Canadian was knocked off the podium in the second final due to contact with Victor Vallee. Vallee, who was leading the Privateers’ Cup, exited the joker and landed on Car #2, causing extensive damage to both vehicles. A heated radio exchange ensued, with Vallee being permanently suspended from NASA RallyCross competition. This marks the sixth one-two finish for the Austrian squad, and eight double podiums as well.

1.) Joshua Chance Mertz
2.) Philip Kraus
3.) Chris Wetz
4.) Casey Lester
5.) Noah Carmichael
6.) Jacob Krause
7.) Dylan Livengood (Zack Johnson substituted)
DSQ.) Victor Vallee

Making his return to the NASA RallyCross paddock, Dylan Livengoodenjoyed the event from a bench on the infield on Tuesday night. The four-time champion and thirteen-time race winner was injured in an accident at his job in Colorado, and due to medical orders has been prohibited from racing. Longtime privateer Zack Johnson was deputised to the #51 to make sure the “three musketeers” that started the series six years ago were able to finish out the series strong. We hope that Dylan will be able to join the series in June as we transition to Gen-4 regulations.

Meanwhile, the Drivers’ Championship went to Philip Kraus after winning his heat race. The Canadian finished on the podium every race once again this season, and had an unassailable lead to his teammate once he won his heat race. Kraus thus has finished on the podium the last 29 races in a row. He regains the red plate and Car #1 for the first race of the season in June.

The Constructors’ Championship was essentially settled midway thru the season, but Red Bull Subaru MRT won their eighth championship and fifth in a row Tuesday night in Vancouver. As stated above, six one-two finishes stamped the authority of Kraus and Mertz as the squad to beat in NASA.

Along with the Constructors’, Subaru was able to win their sixth Manufacturers’ Championship. It is widely known that they will not have their car ready for 2018B, so we will have to wait until 2018C to see what Subaru has to offer for a title run once again.

The Privateers’ Cup for Drivers and Teams went down to the wire in the last few races, with Indianapolis natives Noah Carmichael and Victor Vallee going tooth and nail for the championship. They swapped blows in practice and the second final, and with Vallee’s disqualification it handed Carmichael the Cup. Noah was extremely consistent in a tough championship, with nine Privateer podiums, a privateer win, and he joined the MRT squad on the overall podium with a third place in Aspen. East Coast Autosport, Carmichaels’ team, also win their first title.

I thank everyone, past and present, from the bottom of my heart as we seal the six year long chapter of NR2003. It brought a tear to my eye turning off those triples for the last time. I hope to see you all in June as we transition to iRacing for many more years to come.