Bryan Herta steps into rallycross

Yes, Bryan Herta will include the dirt and the powerful hatchbacks into his racing commitments. But wait a moment, it doesn’t mean that he will be back as a driver. It’s only an expansion of the activities of his team, Bryan HertaAutosport, as the Global Rallycross Championship enters in the list, partnered by 7R Inc.’s Sean Jones.

The rallycross outfit will be known as Bryan Herta Rallysport, and will be based at Indianapolis, IN., in the current Bryan Herta Autosport headquarters, set to campaign two M-Sport-built Ford Fiesta ST models, and Patrik Sandell and Austin Dyne will be guys onboard these machines.

Patrik Sandell, 32, is going for his third season on Global Rallycross and onboard a Ford Fiesta, and goes to his second year with Kobalt Tools and Lowe's as his sponsors. Although he finished sixth in the 2014 season standings with only one podium finish, this one was pretty special, as it was Sandell’s maiden victory in the series at Washington. The goal for him remains the same, as fighting for the title is a realistic ambition, especially with a BHR as his team.

Austin Dyne, 23, comes to BHR with the Castrol MAGNATEC brand representing him, after a decent first season in the GRC supercars, as he finished 11th in the championship, and had a top-5 finish. Dyne managed to win two heats last year onboard the same Ford Fiesta he will use this year, which can be a sign of future event wins.

Bryan Herta Rallysport becomes the fourth team in GRC with an IndyCar Series-based operation, as they will face the likes of Andretti Rallycross,Chip Ganassi Racing and SH Racing, which can generate the appeal needed to attract new fans from other championships to GRC.

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