Steve Arpin added to Chip Ganassi Racing’s extensive Daytona International Speedway trophy count with a win in Saturday’s Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar final. Arpin took the first Supercar victory for both himself and the team, adding to Ganassi’s Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500 victories. Teammate Brian Deegan finished second, while 2015 Daytona winner Sebastian Eriksson placed third.
“You have to be super aggressive on this first corner to give yourself some track position to be in a position to race,” Arpin said. “One of the things that I’ve learned here are there are some areas of the track where you just have to attack it like a dirt track, to almost where you are being overaggressive. Then, there are other areas where you have to be super disciplined, just back everything up and stay calm through there. It’s just finding that happy medium in those areas around different parts of the racetrack.”
Weather delayed the proceedings until the early evening, with Arpin winning the first semifinal in dry conditions and Tanner Foust winning the second in wet conditions roughly four hours later to earn lane choice for the main event alongside Arpin and Joni Wiman. The showers through the afternoon made for a slippery track, with drivers struggling to find grip on the .742-mile course.
A chaotic final saw Speed take the lead initially, before Foust used the Joker Lap to reclaim the lead early on. After Foust spun from first place, collecting second-place Patrik Sandell, Speed reclaimed the lead, but after driving with the car on fire for a lap and a half, he finally had to pull off after taking the white flag.
Red Bull Global Rallycross Daytona (I) unofficial results are as follows:
Red Bull GRC action from Daytona continues on Sunday with the second leg of this weekend’s doubleheader.
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About Red Bull Global Rallycross
Designed to produce some of the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. For more information visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway recently completed a $400 million frontstretch renovation project that transformed the “World Center of Racing” into the world’s first motorsports stadium. Improvements included wider, more comfortable seats, five expanded and redesigned entrances, 40 escalators and upgraded amenities throughout the 11 football-field size neighborhoods. The new stadium was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year. Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. New to the calendar for 2016 are the Country 500 music festival on Memorial Day Weekend and the Ferrari World Finals on Dec. 1-4. In addition to at least eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.