SCOTT SPEED AND TIMMY HANSEN FINISH SECOND AND THIRD IN SERIES STANDINGS; CASPER JANSSON WINS NRX NEXT CHAMPIONSHIP
Nitro RX Series Concludes in Thrilling Fashion at North Florida’s The FIRM
(Jacksonville – December 6, 2021) Travis Pastrana (USA)made history clinching the first Nitro Rallycross Supercar championship. The inaugural series culminated Sunday at North Florida’s The FIRM with action-packed, fast-paced racing. After the dust settled, Pastrana’s strong body of work throughout the campaign sealed his win, followed by Subaru Motorsports USA teammate Scott Speed (USA) and Timmy Hansen (SWE).
To kick things off, Pastrana had a special surprise for The FIRM crowd. When he invited NASCAR star Chase Elliott (USA) to join Nitro Rallycross for the Florida finale as a guest driver, Elliott quickly said yes – but had one condition: that Pastrana skydive. On Sunday morning Pastrana made good on his word, jumping from a plane piloted by Elliott.
Pastrana then went to work, winning a crucial first heat against Kevin Hansen (SWE). Not only did the victory put him directly into the Florida final, it also completed a sweep of his Nitro RX 2021 heats. Speed followed suit, locking in a final spot with a win in his first heat. Elliott then punched his ticket in the semifinal rounds as did Kevin Hansen.
Timmy Hansen set the pace early in the Florida final with Pastrana close behind him. The lead changed hands on the third lap, with Pastrana holding off his challengers until the final lap when he was overtaken coming out of the joker. Timmy Hansen crossed the finish line first followed by his brother Kevin, with Speed taking third.
While today’s race did not go Pastrana’s way, his prior victories in Phoenix and Southern California were enough to win the first Nitro Rallycross Supercar Championship. Afterwards he said, “Thank you to Subaru and thank you to the fans, thank you guys for coming out.”
Pastrana added, “It’s been an amazing year, it exceeded all my expectations as a driver. I want to win as a driver but even more I want Nitro Rallycross to be the best championship out there. Now we have a proven concept. We had the best rallycross drivers in the world, we had NASCAR Cup championship winners like Kyle Busch and Chase Elliott come out. It was a great first year, and I’m even more excited about the future.”
Timmy Hansen congratulated Pastrana on his historic win. “Massive congrats to Travis, not just today for wrapping up the series title but for this whole year. He has been the one to beat at most races and he put this whole championship together, so I couldn’t be happier for anyone.”
2021 Supercar Championship Final Standings:
|Position||Name||Nation||Team||Salt Lake City||Minn.||Phoenix||So Cal||NorthFlorida||Total|
|1||Travis Pastrana||USA||Subaru Motorsports USA||25+3||45+2||50+4||50+3||35+2||219|
|2||Scott Speed||USA||Subaru Motorsports USA||30+4||50+3||40+1||45+2||40+4||219|
|3||Timmy Hansen||SWE||Hansen World RX Team||50+1||35+1||45+2||30+1||50+3||218|
|4||Kevin Hansen||SWE||Hansen World RX Team||40+1||40+4||20+1||0+4||45+2||157|
|5||Steve Arpin||CAN||Loenbro Motorsports||45+2||10+2||15+3||25||20+1||123|
|6||Tanner Foust||USA||Dreyer Reinbold Racing||15+1||15||25||–||25+1||82|
|7||Robin Larsson||SWE||Monster Energy RX Cartel||–||25+1||0+1||15||30+1||73|
|8||Andrea Bakkerud||NOR||Subaru Motorsports USA||10||20||–||40+1||–||71|
|9||Fraser McConnell||JAM||Olsbergs MSE||35+2||30+1||0+1||0+2||–||71|
|10||Kevin Eriksson||SWE||Olsbergs MSE||–||–||0+2||35+1||–||38|
|12||Cabot Bigham||USA||Dreyer Reinbold Racing||–||–||30||–||–||30|
|13||Oliver Eriksson||SWE||Olsbergs MSE||20||5||–||0+1||0+1||27|
|14||Ronalds Baldins||LAT||Olsbergs MSE||–||–||–||20||–||20|
|16||Oliver Bennett||GBR||XCITE Energy Racing||0+1||–||–||–||–||1|
|16||Liam Doran||GBR||Monster Energy RX Cartel||–||0+1||–||–||–||1|
Supercar Final (North Florida):
|1||21||Timmy Hansen||SWE||Hansen World RX Team|
|2||9||Kevin Hansen||SWE||Hansen World RX Team|
|3||41||Scott Speed||USA||Subaru Motorsports USA|
|4||199||Travis Pastrana||USA||Subaru Motorsports USA|
|5||4||Robin Larsson||SWE||Monster Energy RX Cartel|
|6||24||Tanner Foust||USA||Dreyer Reinbold Racing|
|7||00||Steve Arpin||CAN||Loenbro Motorsports|
After an exciting series of NRX Next racing, it also came down to the finale. All eyes were on Casper Jansson (SWE), who came into North Florida in first place and looked to lock up the series title. Sage Karam (USA) took the checkered flag in today’s race, but it was not enough to catch Jansson in the series standings: Karam finished in second and Martin Enlund (SWE) came in third.
Nitro RX showed that the future of Rallycross is bright. Jansson was thrilled with his victory and said, “This is my first season of Rallycross and I’m really happy. I have leveled up very much and I learned a lot.”
2021 NRX Next Championship Final Standings:
NRX Next Final (Round 10):
|1||24||Sage Karam||USA||Dreyer Reinbold Racing|
|2||36||Casper Jansson||SWE||Enlunds Motorsport|
|3||60||Martin Enlund||SWE||Enlunds Motorsport|
|5||05||Kyle Schwartz||USA||STS RX|
|6||99||Eric Gordon||USA||Bak 40 Motorsport|
|8||55||Lane Vacala||USA||Dreyer Reinbold Racing|
The special Side-by-Side contest featured a star-studded roster competing in off-road UTVs. Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (SWE) earned the victory followed by Kory Willis (USA) and Robbie Maddison (AUS) in second and third place, respectively. Hailie Deegan (USA) narrowly missed out the podium finishing in fourth place.
Side-By-Side Final (Round 4):
Nitro Rallycross looks to come back even stronger in 2022. For information on how and when to experience Nitro RX’s high-flying action, check https://www.nitrorallycross.com/.
2021 NITRO RALLYCROSS SCHEDULE
Sept. 24-25 // Utah Motorsports Campus // Salt Lake City, Utah
Oct. 2-3 // ERX Motor Park // Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov. 13-14 // Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park // Phoenix, Arizona
Nov. 20-21 // Glen Helen Raceway // Southern California
Dec. 4-5 // The FIRM // North Florid
ABOUT NITRO RALLYCROSS
Launched in 2018 by motorsports icon Travis Pastrana and the innovators of Nitro Circus, Nitro Rallycross has revolutionized motorsport. With innovative purpose-built courses, banked turns inspired by the wide-open action of Supercross and short-form, head-to-head competition, Nitro Rallycross creates high-impact, thrill-packed racing. NRX’s custom-built permanent tracks – featuring the biggest jumps seen in motorsports – create unrivaled racing excitement. The full-throttle competition is now set to go global, as Nitro Rallycross expands into a full standalone championship series. Looking ahead to 2022, NRX will also add an electric Supercar circuit featuring the all-new FC1-X, the most powerful Rallycross vehicle ever built. For more information, visit NitroRallycross.com.
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