GRC Lites has 11 drivers that will bring race action to the Motor City for the first time, as Red Bull GRC’s developmental class visits Belle Isle in Detroit.
The second doubleheader of the season will see drivers looking to make a mark in the championship chase.
LAST RACE: The third time was the charm for Alex Keyes, who won his first GRC Lites race at MCAS New River in only his third career start. Oliver Eriksson of Olsbergs MSE followed him to the line, while third place finisher Tanner Whitten took the points lead for DirtFish Motorsports.
DRIVER CHANGES: Nine of the drivers to compete at MCAS New River will return in Detroit, with the lone changes coming at Rhys Millen Racing. Harry Cheung returns to his car after Conner Martell stood in for him earlier this month, while Brian Wong will make his rallycross debut in a stand-in role for Jackie Heinricher.
THE TRACK: The Belle Isle course features 10 turns and .757 miles of track. Featuring one of the most pronounced Kobalt Tools Joker Laps of the season, as cars split around the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the track should offer numerous passing opportunities and fast, wide-open stretches. Click here for more information on the track.
CHAMPIONSHIP SHUFFLE IN NORTH CAROLINA: Tanner Whitten’s second consecutive podium, coupled with misfortune for Alejandro Fernandez, shuffled the Lites championship standings heavily at MCAS New River. Whitten now leads the field with 169 points, eight ahead of Olsbergs MSE teammates Oliver Eriksson and Austin Cindric and 14 ahead of Fernandez. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing teammates Miles Maroney and Alex Keyes sit fifth and sixth, within striking distance of the championship lead as well.
REVOLVING DOOR ON PODIUM: The 310-horsepower spec GRC Lites vehicle provides all drivers with an equal opportunity to earn strong finishes with the proper preparation, and thus far this season it hasn’t let anyone down. Seven of the 11 full-time competitors in the class have already taken podium finishes through only four races, including four first-time podium finishers. Meanwhile, Nur Ali, who at seventh in points is the highest-ranked driver not to have a podium finish so far, has made it to all four main events this year.
WONG JOINS RHYS MILLEN RACING: Brian Wong will become the 10th driver to make his GRC Lites debut this season when he competed for Rhys Millen Racing this weekend in Detroit. Wong, a veteran of sports car and stock car racing, was the first Chinese-American driver to earn a podium finish in the former American Le Mans Series.