2016A NASA RallyCross Challenge Season

2016A NASA RallyCross season
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NASA RallyCross Challenge
Season
Races 10
Start date December 6, 2016
End date February 7, 2017
Awards
Drivers' champion De.png Cody Erdmann
Constructors' Champion At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT
Privateers' Champion Us.png Doug DeNise
DeNise Racing
Manufacturers' Cup Jp.png Subaru
Nations' Cup De.png Germany
Tires' Cup Jp.png Bridgestone
Endurance Cup Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein
Chronology
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2015B 2017A

The 2016A NASA RallyCross Challenge season was the eleventh season of the championship. Josh Mertz returned to defend his title from 2015A, along with the partial championship lead from 2015B. He returns to his old team, Red Bull Subaru MRT, as Aftershock Motorsports dissolved after the hiatus. The rulebook was tweaked for 2016A, which includes three car constructor teams and a new points system. MRT, with the help of Erdmann, Mertz, and Tristan Hagenstein, won nine out of ten races in the season, only losing to Chris Wetz and Revolution Racing in Munich. It was a season long battle for the Austrian squad, with Erdmann beating Mertz for his first championship.

2016A Schedule

Round Circuit Location
1 Valkenwaard RallyCross Nl.png Valkenwaard, NED
2 Munich RallyCross De.png Munich, GER
3 Barcelona RallyCross Es.png Barcelona, ESP
4 St. Eustache RallyCross Ca.png St. Eustache, CAN
5 Negus Us.png Canon City, CO, USA
6 NASA Proving Grounds Us.png Lakewood, CO, USA
7 Aspen Us.png Aspen, CO, USA
8 Bent Twig Ca.png Vancouver, CAN
9 Riverside Rally Us.png Riverside, CA, USA
10 Las Vegas Stadium Us.png Las Vegas, NV, USA

Calendar Changes

  • The NASA Proving Grounds has been re-added, as track officials fixed the jump that caused controversy in 2015A.
  • New races in Barcelona and Aspen have been added.
  • Munich returns for the first time since 2014B.
  • Riverside becomes the sole endurance round.
  • Croft, Island Rally, Talladega and Irwindale have been discontinued.

2016A Drivers and Teams

Entry List

NASA RallyCross Car entries eligible to score constructor points
Manufacturer Constructor Tire Individual Team No. Driver Rounds
Ford
(Ford Focus RX)
Us.png Area 52 Racing M Area 52 Team Taylor 7 Us.png Jonathan Taylor 1-7
Area 52 Team Smith 13 No.png Tanner Smith 1-5
Area 52 Team Kraus 19 Ca.png Philip Kraus 8-10
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
Us.png Revolution Racing H Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 22 De.png Dylan Smith 3-10
Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 51 Ca.png Dylan Livengood All
K1 Revolution Racing 71 Us.png Chris Wetz All
Subaru
(Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT B MRT Red Bull RallyCross Team 81 De.png Josh Mertz All
CER Red Bull RallyCross Team 82 De.png Cody Erdmann All
GLM Red Bull RallyCross Team 83 Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein All
Volkswagen
(Volkswagen Polo RX)
Us.png H&H Racing M KA RallyCross Team 19 Us.png Philip Kraus 1-7
V2RT RallyCross Team 155 Us.png Victor Vallee 1-7
Bluvos RallyCross Team 199 Us.png Steve Rada 1-3
NASA RallyCross Car entries eligible to score privateer points
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
Us.png Revolution Junior Y Revolution Junior 37 Us.png Brandon Nicholson 10
Ca.png Columbia Racing H Columbia Racing 39 Ca.png Arnold Columbia 10
Us.png Lester Racing H Lester Racing 50 Us.png Casey Lester 5-10
Us.png Johnson Racing H Johnson Racing 527 Us.png Zack Johnson 8
Subaru
(Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
Us.png DeNise Racing M Eneos DeNise Racing 10 Us.png Doug DeNise 4-10


Team and Driver Changes

The driver rosters for several teams were shaken up at the end of 2015B, and also a few changed during the course of the season.

  • Josh Mertz and Dylan Livengood closed Aftershock Motorsports, and returned to Red Bull Subaru MRT and Revolution Racing, respectively. Also, after a sabbatical, Cody Erdmann returned to partner Mertz at MRT.
  • Tanner Smith left Revolution Racing to join Area 52, partnering rookie Jonathan Taylor.
  • Steve Rada left MRT following 2015B, and formed H&H Racing as a factory Volkswagen squad. He hired rookies Philip Kraus and Victor Vallee to pilot the other entries.
  • Before the Spanish Grand Prix, Revolution Racing expanded to three cars, fielding an entry for the returning Dylan Smith.
  • After the Spanish Grand Prix, Steve Rada withdrew his entry.
  • Before Canada, Doug DeNise returned with his private Subaru squad.
  • After Canada, Tanner Smith left the NASA RallyCross Challenge, leaving Jonathan Taylor as the sole driver.
  • Before Negus, Casey Lester also returned with his private Mitsubishi effort.
  • After Aspen, Jonathan Taylor left citing poor finishes to be the reason of the exit.
  • Also after Aspen, Victor Vallee was indefinitely suspended due to criticizing Race Control on a number of occasions.
  • Before Bent Twig, Zack Johnson announced his return for the first time since 2013A.
  • Also before Bent Twig, Philip Kraus moved from H&H Racing to Area 52 Racing.

Events

Results

Rd. Race Seeding Quarter Final 1 Quarter Final 2 Quarter Final 3 Semi Final A Semi Final B LCQ Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Manu Private Winner
1 Nl.png Valkenswaard De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Josh Mertz No.png Tanner Smith N/A De.png Cody Erdmann Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein Ca.png Dylan Livengood De.png Cody Erdmann At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru No Entries
2 De.png Munich De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Cody Erdmann Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein N/A Us.png Chris Wetz Us.png Jonathan Taylor De.png Josh Mertz Us.png Chris Wetz Us.png Revolution Racing Jp.png Mitsubishi No Entries
3 Es.png Barcelona De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Josh Mertz N/A Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein Us.png Chris Wetz N/A De.png Cody Erdmann At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru No Entries
4 Ca.png St. Eustache De.png Josh Mertz De.png Josh Mertz No.png Tanner Smith N/A Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein De.png Dylan Smith De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Josh Mertz At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru Us.png Doug DeNise
5 Us.png Negus De.png Cody Erdmannpts De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Josh Mertz N/A Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein Us.png Jonathan Taylor De.png Dylan Smith De.png Josh Mertz At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru Us.png Doug DeNise
6 Us.png NPVG North De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Cody Erdmann Ca.png Dylan Livengood N/A De.png Josh Mertz Us.png Chris Wetz Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein De.png Cody Erdmann At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru Us.png Doug DeNise
7 Us.png Aspen De.png Josh Mertz De.png Josh Mertz Us.png Jonathan Taylor De.png Cody Erdmann Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein Us.png Chris Wetz Us.png Victor Vallee De.png Josh Mertz At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru Us.png Doug DeNise
8 Ca.png Bent Twig De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Cody Erdmann Ca.png Dylan Livengood N/A Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein De.png Josh Mertz Us.png Chris Wetz De.png Josh Mertz At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru Us.png Doug DeNise
9 Us.png Riverside Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein De.png Josh Mertz Us.png Chris Wetz N/A De.png Cody Erdmann Ca.png Philip Kraus N/A Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru Us.png Doug DeNise
10 Us.png Las Vegas De.png Cody Erdmann De.png Cody Erdmann Ca.png Philip Kraus De.png Dylan Smith De.png Josh Mertz Ca.png Dylan Livengood Us.png Chris Wetz De.png Cody Erdmann At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT Jp.png Subaru Us.png Casey Lester

Championship Standings

Championship leader table
Race Championship leader Lead
Nl.png Valkenswaard De.png Cody Erdmann 1
De.png Munich 5
Es.png Barcelona 9
Ca.png St. Eustache 17
Us.png Negus 19
Us.png NPVG North 24
Us.png Aspen 16
Ca.png Bent Twig 9
Us.png Riverside 10
Us.png Las Vegas 25

2016A 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   QF Win   SF Win 
Points 31 29 27 25 23 21 19 17 15 13 11 9 7 5 3 1 2 1


Pos. Driver Cup Team NED
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GER
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ESP
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CAN
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NEG
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BTW
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RVR
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 Pts 
1 De.png Cody Erdmann C CER Red Bull RallyCross Team 1A 21 11 4LCQ 21 11 53 51 2A 11 298
2 De.png Josh Mertz C MRT Red Bull RallyCross Team 51 6LCQN1 72 11 12 3A 11 1B 31 8A 273
3 Us.png Chris Wetz C K1 Revolution Racing PO 1A 3B 2 4 2B 2B 2 LCQ 42 7 LCQ 264
4 Nl.png Tristan Hagenstein C GLM Red Bull RallyCross Team 4B 42 4B 5A 5A 5LCQ 4A 6A 1 4 254
5 Ca.png Dylan Livengood C Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 3LCQ 7 6 DNS 9 62 6 32 7 3B 216
6 Us.png Philip Kraus C KA RallyCross Team 6 8 DNS 7 DNS DNS 3 DNS 6 22 187
7 De.png Dylan Smith C Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 5 3B 3LCQ DNS 11 DNS DNS 63 155
8 Us.png Doug DeNise P Eneos DeNise Racing 6 7 4 9 4LCQ 5 11 139
9 Us.png Jonathan Taylor C Area 52 Team Taylor DNS 5B DNS DNS 6B DNS 72 117
10 Us.png Victor Vallee C V2RT RallyCross Team 7 9 DNS 8 8 7 8LCQ 116
11 No.png Tanner Smith C Area 52 Team Smith 22 3 2 92N2 DNS 113
12 Us.png Casey Lester P Lester Racing 10 8 10 7 DNS 5 100
13 Us.png Steve Rada C Bluvos RallyCross Team 8 DNS DNS 43
14 Us.png Zack Johnson P Johnson Racing 8 17
15 Ca.png Arnold Columbia P Columbia Racing 9 15
16 Us.png Brandon Nicholson P Revolution Junior 10 13
Pos. Driver Cup Team NED
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GER
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CAN
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NEG
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RVR
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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)
Icon Championship
C Constructors
P Privateers

Bold – Fastest time in seeding
1 2 – Winner of Quarterfinal 1, 2, or 3
A B – Winner of Semifinal A or B
LCQ – Winner of the Last Chance Qualifier

  • N1 Car #81 was put to the back in the final after the stewards found him to have intentionally wrecked Car #7 in Semi Final B.
  • N2 Car #13 was disqualified from the Canadian Grand Prix due to multiple infractions, but still retained points for ninth place. As a result, seventh, eighth and ninth moved up one place.

2016A Manufacturers' Championship

Pos. Manufacturer NED
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GER
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ESP
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CAN
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NEG
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PVGN
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BTW
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RVR
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 Pts 
1 Jp.png Subaru 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 324
2 Jp.png Mitsubishi 3 1 3 2 3 2 2 2 4 3 287
3 Us.png Ford 2 3 2 9 6 DNS 7 DNS 6 2 223
4 De.png Volkswagen 6 8 DNS 7 8 7 3 137
Pos. Manufacturer NED
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GER
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ESP
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CAN
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NEG
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 Pts 

2016A Constructors' Championship

Pos. Constructor No. NED
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GER
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ESP
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CAN
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NEG
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 Pts 
1 At.png Red Bull Subaru MRT 81 51 6LCQ 72 11 12 3A 11 1B 31 7A 595
82 1A 21 11 4LCQ 21 11 53 51 2A 11
83 4B 42 4B 5A 5A 5LCQ 4A 6A 1 4
2 Us.png Revolution Racing 22 5 3B 3LCQ DNS 9 DNS DNS 5 514
51 3LCQ 7 6 DNS 8 62 6 32 6B 3B
71 PO 1A 3B 2 4 2B 2LCQ 2 42 6LCQ
4 Us.png Area 52 Racing 7 DNS 5B DNS DNS 6B DNS 72 315
13 22 3 2 82 DNS
19 DNS 5 22
4 Us.png H&H Racing 19 6 8 DNS 6 DNS DNS 3 255
155 7 9 DNS 7 7 7 8
199 8 DNS DNS
Pos. Constructor No. NED
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CAN
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NEG
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BTW
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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)

2016A Privateers' Cup

Pos. Driver Team NED
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GER
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ESP
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CAN
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NEG
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PVGN
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ASP
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BTW
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RVR
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LV
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 Pts 
1 Us.png Doug DeNise DeNise Racing 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 211
2 Us.png Casey Lester Lester Racing 2 2 2 2 2 1 176
3 Ca.png Arnold Columbia Columbia Racing 2 29
4 Us.png Zack Johnson Johnson Racing 3 27
5 Us.png Brandon Nicholson Revolution Junior 3 27
Pos. Driver Team NED
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GER
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ESP
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CAN
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NEG
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 Pts