2012B NASA RallyCross Challenge Season

2012B NASA RallyCross season
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NASA RallyCross Challenge
Season
Races 8
Start date 9 September
End date 28 October
Awards
Drivers' champion 22px Josh Mertz
Constructors' Champion 22px MRT
Privateers' Champion 22px Tristan Hagenstein
Great Lakes Motorsports
Manufacturers' Cup 22px Subaru
Nations' Cup 22px Germany
Tires' Cup 22px Cooper
Chronology
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2012A 2012C

The 2012B NASA RallyCross Challenge Season was the second season of the NASA RallyCross Challenge. The season started on 9 September and ended on 28 October. Brandon Lambert would not return to defend his title.

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Josh Mertz won a season high four races en route to the championship, for MRT.

2012B Schedule

Round Circuit Location
1 Croft RallyCross 22px Croft, UK
2 Valkenwaard RallyCross 22px Valkenwaard, NED
3 Charlotte RallyCross 22px Charlotte, NC, USA
4 St. Eustache RallyCross 22px St. Eustache, CAN
5 Negus RallyCross 22px Canon City, CO, USA
6 Los Angeles RallyCross 22px Los Angeles, CA, USA
7 NASA Proving Grounds North 22px Lakewood, CO, USA
8 NASA Proving Grounds South 22px Lakewood, CO, USA

Schedule Changes

  • Island Rally and Riverside Rally were dropped in favour of shorter circuits, due to complaints from the fans that the racing was too strung out.
  • Valkenswaard moves forward in the schedule to partner with Croft, to help cut costs with logistics
  • Charlotte and Los Angeles both paid their race fees and had their tracks complete (partially for Los Angeles, due to budget issues) before the deadline.
  • St. Eustache moved ahead of Negus
  • NASA Proving Grounds hosted the final two races of the season.

2012B Drivers and Teams

NASA RallyCross Car Entries eligible to score constructor points
Constructor Team Individual Team No. Driver Rounds
Citroën
(Citroën Xsara)
22px Team Citroën Total Team Citroën Total 2 22px Nick DiPalmo 2, 4-5, 8
Ford
(Ford Focus)
22px Great Lakes Motorsports Team Klondike 27 22px Tristan Hagenstein 1-5
22px MONSTER Ford World Rally Team 31hellomate Racing 5 22px Andrew Fessler 1-5, 7-8
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer)
22px Revolution Racing Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 23 22px Chris Wetz All
Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 51 22px Dylan Livengood All
Subaru
Subaru Impreza
22px MRT MRT Red Bull RallyCross Team 81 22px Josh Mertz All
HWR Red Bull RallyCross Team 524 22px Cody Erdmann All
22px MRT Junior PCK Red Bull RallyCross Team 6 22px Dylan Smith 4-8
ATN Red Bull RallyCross Team 08 22px Adam Simons All
22px Subaru World Rally Team Subaru RallyCross 97 22px Jack Stroski 1-7

Driver and Team Changes

  • Brandon Lambert and the Red Bull Ford World Rally Team would not return to defend their titles.
  • John Quinn and So Cal Autosport, due to lack of sponsorship, originally planned to just run Los Angeles but were forced to abandon the plans.
  • Elliot Porterfield still remains injured after 2012A Negus. The 666 was briefly brought back to competition at Charlotte, rebranded as the #37 for Dylan Smith.
  • Webler Motorsports sold their assets to Rookie Racing, and Nick Dawson appeared at Los Angeles.
  • Brian Mercurio left Pillsbury Racing to form his own team, which raced at Negus and Los Angeles.
  • The Red Bull RallyCross Team shrank from 5 cars to 3 at the beginning of the season, and renamed to Mertz Racing Technologies.
  • The 81 and 524 were promptly kept on MRT, with the 08 moved to the new MRT Junior Team.
  • Pillsbury Racing shrank from 4 cars to 2 after budget constraints, and also withdrew from Valkenswaard, Charlotte, St. Eustache, and Negus.
  • After Valkenswaard, Dylan Smith promptly signed onto Revolution Racing for Charlotte. With a poor result, he left the team and joined the MRT Junior Team.
  • Dylan Connolly was banned from NASA after a drug problem, and thus DC, Inc. closed.
  • Solstice Racing appeared to close their doors, but fielded the #15 Subaru for Kieth Sherman at the North Proving Grounds.

Results and Standings

Races

Championship leader table
Race Championship leader Lead
22px Croft 22px Josh Mertz 3
22px Valkenswaard 4
22px Charlotte 22px Chris Wetz 3
22px St. Eustache 22px Josh Mertz 5
22px Negus 13
22px Los Angeles 9
22px Proving Grounds North 4
22px Proving Grounds South 9
Rd. Race Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 LCQ Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Manu.
1 22px Croft 22px Josh Mertz 22px Chris Wetz N/A 22px Andrew Fessler 22px Josh Mertz 22px MRT 22px Subaru
2 22px Valkenswaard 22px Josh Mertz 22px Chris Wetz N/A 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Chris Wetz 22px Revolution Racing 22px Mitsubishi
3 22px Charlotte 22px Jack Stroski 22px Tristan Hagenstein N/A 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Cody Erdmann 22px MRT 22px Subaru
4 22px St. Eustache 22px Andrew Fessler 22px Dylan Smith N/A 22px Josh Mertz 22px Josh Mertz 22px MRT 22px Subaru
5 22px Negus 22px Josh Mertz 22px Josh Mertz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Brian Mercurio 22px Josh Mertz 22px MRT 22px Subaru
6 22px Los Angeles 22px Cody Erdmann 22px Adam Simons N/A 22px Chris Wetz 22px Chris Wetz 22px Revolution Racing 22px Mitsubishi
7 22px NPVG North 22px Josh Mertz 22px Cody Erdmann 22px Andrew Fessler 22px Matt Wishart 22px Dylan Smith 22px MRT Junior 22px Subaru
8 22px NPVG South 22px Chris Wetz 22px Cody Erdmann N/A 22px Josh Mertz 22px Josh Mertz 22px MRT 22px Subaru

2012B Drivers' Championship

Points are awarded to the top 16 finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th   16th   Heat Win 
Points 20 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1


Pos. Drivers Team CRO
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NED
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CHA
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CAN
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NEG
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LA
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PVGN
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PVGS
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 Pts 
1 22px Josh Mertz MRT Red Bull RallyCross Team 1 3 9 1 1 5 5 1 131
2 22px Chris Wetz Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 4 1 3 7 6 1 2 3 122
3 22px Andrew Fessler 31hellomate Racing 2 4 6 2 4 4 2 105
4 22px Cody Erdmann HWR Red Bull RallyCross Team 7 6 1 4 8 3 8 6 100
5 22px Jack Stroski 555 Subaru Rally Team 11 2 2 6 2 4 7 94
6 22px Dylan Smith ProCupKarting RallyCross Team 8 9 7 3 7 10 1 4 93
7 22px Dylan Livengood Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 6 5 4 9 4 8 6 11 83
8 22px Adam Simons ATN RallyCross Team 10 8 8 10 10 2 9 7 75
9 22px Matt Wishart Pillsbury Racing 3 6 3 5 53
10 22px Tristan Hagenstein Team Klondike 5 10 5 5 12 49
11 22px Brian Mercurio Turtle Beach Racing 3 7 8 34
12 22px Nick DiPalmo Citroen Total Racing 7 7 11 10 33
13 22px Doug DeNise Best Buy RallyCross Team 9 9 16
14 22px Nick Dawson SPEED Energy Rookie Racing 9 8
15 22px Ian Dowdy Chocolate Milk RallyCross 9 8
16 22px Keith Sherman MONSTER Energy Solstice Racing 10 7
17 22px Jeffrey Stanton Jeffrey Stanton RallyCross 11 6
Pos. Drivers Team CRO
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NED
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CHA
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CAN
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NEG
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LA
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PVGN
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PVGS
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 Pts 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Made Final, Points Finish
Red Made Final, Non-Points Finish
Blue Missed final, Points Finish
Purple Missed final, Non-Points Finish
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)
Suspended (SUS)

BOLD - Driver won their heat, they get an extra bonus point
Italics - Driver transferred through to the final via the LCQ

2012B Manufacturers' Championship

Pos. Manufacturer CRO
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NED
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CHA
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CAN
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NEG
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LA
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PVGN
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PVGS
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 Pts 
1 22px Subaru 1 2 1 1 1 2 1* 1 158
2 22px Mitsubishi 4 1 3 7 4 1 2 3 124
3 22px Ford 2 4 5 2 5 4 2 104
4 22px Citroen 7 7 11 5 38
  • With the victory at the North Proving Grounds, Subaru clinched the 2012B NASA RallyCross Challenge Manufacturers' Championship.

2012B Constructors' Championship

Pos. Constructor No. CRO
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NED
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CHA
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CAN
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NEG
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LA
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PVGN
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PVGS
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Points
1 22px MRT 81 1 3 9 1 1 5 5 1 231
524 7 6 1 4 8 3 8 6
2 22px Revolution Racing 23 4 1 3 7 6 1 2 3 205
51 6 5 4 9 4 8 6 11
3 22px MRT Junior 6 3 7 10 1 4 118
08 10 8 8 10 10 2 9 7
4 22px Subaru World Rally Team 97 11 2 2 6 2 4 7 94
5 22px MONSTER Ford World Rally Team 5 2 4 6 2 4 4 2 87
6 22px Great Lakes Motorsports 27 5 10 5 5 12 49
7 22px Team Citroen TOTAL 2 7 7 11 10 26
Pos. Manufacturer No. CRO
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NED
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CHA
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CAN
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NEG
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LA
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PVGN
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PVGS
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Points

2012B Nations Cup

Pos. Nation CRO
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NED
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CHA
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CAN
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NEG
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LA
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PVGN
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PVGS
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 Pts 
1 22px Germany 1 3 1 1 1 3 1 1 158
2 22px United States 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 146
3 22px Canada 6 5 4 9 4 8 6 11 83
4 22px Australia 10 8 8 10 10 2 9 7 75
5 22px Netherlands 5 10 5 5 12 49
Pos. Nation CRO
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NED
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CHA
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CAN
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NEG
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LA
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PVGN
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PVGS
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 Pts