2017C NASA RallyCross Challenge Season

2017C NASA RallyCross season
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NASA RallyCross Challenge
Season
Races 10
Start date October 3, 2017
End date December 12, 2017
Awards
Drivers' champion 22px Josh Mertz
Constructors' Champion 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT
Privateers' Champion 22px Casey Lester
Lester Racing
Manufacturers' Cup 22px Subaru
Nations' Cup 22px Germany
Tires' Cup 22px Bridgestone
Chronology
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2017B 2018A

The 2017C NASA RallyCross Challenge season was the fourteenth season of the championship. Philip Kraus returned as the defending Drivers' Champion, but was unable to defend his title. His teammate, Josh Mertz, beat Kraus at the final race of the season in Croft to overhaul the Canadian and win his fifth championship.

Background

After two seasons of high downforce, low drag cars with a six speed gearbox, the regulations changed. Dubbed "Gen-3", the new cars were heavier, had four speed gearboxes, and had faster top speed.

2017C Schedule

Round Grand Prix Circuit Location
1 Dutch RallyCross GP Valkenswaard Circuit 22px Valkenswaard, NED
2 Canadian RallyCross GP St. Eustache Speedway 22px St. Eustache, CAN
3 Wisconsin RallyCross GP The Milwaukee Mile 22px West Allis, WI, USA
4 Lakewood RallyCross GP South NASA Proving Grounds - South 22px Lakewood, CO, USA
5 Cañon City RallyCross GP Negus Circuit 22px Cañon City, CO, USA
6 Lakewood RX GP North NASA Proving Grounds - North 22px Lakewood, CO, USA
7 Irwindale RallyCross GP Irwindale Speedway 22px Irwindale, CA, USA
8 Seattle RallyCross GP Seattle Speedpark 22px Seattle, WA, USA
9 Vancouver RallyCross GP Bent Twig Raceway 22px Vancouver, BC, CAN
10 British RallyCross GP Croft Circuit 22px North Yorkshire, GBR

Calendar Changes

  • NASA returns to the longtime opening round of Croft for 2017C, after one season at Lydden Hill. The venue was scheduled to host the opening round, but customs issues caused Croft to be placed as the season finale.
  • After experimenting with "roval" rounds in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and Seattle, NASA will return to Milwaukee and Seattle.
  • After poor track layouts, Indianapolis and Austin have been dropped.
  • The series will return to Irwindale for 2017C.
  • The series will also return to having three Colorado rounds, with Pikes Peak joining the schedule.
  • The series will visit the South course of the NASA Proving Grounds, per the alternating agreement with the Lakewood circuit.
  • The week before the series was to visit Pikes Peak, the venue cancelled the event. The series subsequently visited the North course of the NASA Proving Grounds in nearby Lakewood.
  • Evergreen Speedway's round of the Championship has been discontinued after one event. A purpose built track was constructed to host the Seattle round of the championship.

2017C Drivers and Teams

SuperCars Entry List

NASA RallyCross SuperCar entries eligible to score constructor points
Manufacturer Constructor Tire No. Driver Rds
Subaru
(Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
22px Red Bull Subaru MRT Template:Bridgestone 1 22px Philip Kraus All
2 22px Josh Mertz All
Honda
(Honda Civic RX)
22px V2 Racing Technologies Template:Firestone 24 22px Victor Vallee 3-10
76 22px Noah Carmichael 3-10
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
22px Revolution Racing Template:Hoosier 23 22px Chris Wetz All
51 22px Dylan Livengood 1-5, 7-10
97 6
NASA RallyCross SuperCar entries eligible to score privateer points
Ford
(Ford Focus RX)
22px AB Racing Template:Michelin 29 22px Alan Ballachino 1
22px Team Razer Enterprises Template:Michelin 29 22px Jacob Krause 3
42 2-10
22px Berg RallySport Template:Hercules 91 22px Brenden Berg 6-10
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
22px Lester Racing Template:Hoosier 50 22px Casey Lester All

Team and Driver Changes

  • After a poor season, Dylan Livengood leaves MRT and returns to Revolution Racing.
  • Philip Kraus leaves Area 52 Racing and moves to Red Bull Subaru MRT.
  • Cody Erdmann announced his indefinite retirement from NASA RallyCross before the season.
  • Casey Lester returns to privateer competition after a two-season absence, being the odd man out at Revolution Racing with Livengood's return. He once again pilots a Mitsubishi.
  • Victor Vallee rejoins the series after his suspension was lifted. He recruited rookie Noah Carmichael to pilot the second Honda, renumbered #76.
  • Dylan Livengood renumbered his usual #51 to the #97 at Proving Grounds North to pay tribute to his friend Makayla Grote after her tragic death on November 17th.

Events & Results

Rd. Race Seeding Quarter Final 1 Quarter Final 2 Semi Final A Semi Final B LCQ Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Manu Private Winner
1 22px Valkenswaard 22px Josh Mertz 22px Josh Mertz 22px Chris Wetz 22px Philip Kraus 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Casey Lester 22px Chris Wetz 22px Revolution Racing 22px Mitsubishi 22px Casey Lester
2 22px St. Eustache 22px Josh Mertz 22px Philip Kraus 22px Chris Wetz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Josh Mertz 22px Casey Lester 22px Josh Mertz 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 22px Subaru 22px Casey Lester
3 22px Milwaukee 22px Philip Kraus 22px Philip Kraus 22px Josh Mertz 22px Chris Wetz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Casey Lester 22px Philip Kraus 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 22px Subaru 22px Casey Lester
4 22px NPVG South 22px Josh Mertz 22px Philip Kraus 22px Casey Lester 22px Josh Mertz 22px Chris Wetz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Philip Kraus 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 22px Subaru 22px Casey Lester
5 22px Negus 22px Josh Mertz 22px Josh Mertz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Philip Kraus 22px Victor Vallee 22px Chris Wetz 22px Josh Mertz 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 22px Subaru 22px Casey Lester
6 22px NPVG North 22px Josh Mertz 22px Josh Mertz 22px Philip Kraus 22px Chris Wetz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Victor Vallee 22px Josh Mertz 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 22px Subaru 22px Brenden Berg
7 22px Irwindale 22px Josh Mertz 22px Chris Wetz 22px Philip Kraus 22px Josh Mertz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Victor Vallee 22px Chris Wetz 22px Revolution Racing 22px Mitsubishi 22px Casey Lester
8 22px Seattle 22px Josh Mertz 22px Josh Mertz 22px Philip Kraus 22px Chris Wetz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Victor Vallee 22px Josh Mertz 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 22px Subaru 22px Casey Lester
9 22px Bent Twig 22px Chris Wetz 22px Brenden Berg 22px Philip Kraus 22px Chris Wetz 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Victor Vallee 22px Brenden Berg 22px Berg RallySport 22px Ford 22px Brenden Berg
10 22px Croft 22px Philip Kraus 22px Josh Mertz 22px Brenden Berg 22px Philip Kraus 22px Dylan Livengood 22px Chris Wetz 22px Josh Mertz 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 22px Subaru 22px Brenden Berg

Championship Standings

Championship leader table
Race Championship leader Lead
22px Valkenswaard 22px Chris Wetz 2
22px St. Eustache 22px Josh Mertz 1
22px Milwaukee 22px Philip Kraus 4
22px NPVG South 8
22px Negus 6
22px NPVG North 1
22px Irwindale 4
22px Seattle 1
22px Bent Twig 1
22px Croft 22px Josh Mertz 3

2017C 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 20 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 2 1


Pos. Driver Cup Team NED
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CAN
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MIL
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PVGS
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NEG
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PVGN
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IRW
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SEA
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BTW
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GBR
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 Pts 
1 22px Josh Mertz C 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 31 1B 32 3A 11 11 3A 11 2 11 192
2 22px Philip Kraus C 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 2A 21 11 11 2A 32 22 22 32 2A 189
3 22px Chris Wetz C 22px Revolution Racing 12 42 2A 2B 3LCQ 2A 11 4A 6A 5LCQ 166
4 22px Dylan Livengood C 22px Revolution Racing 4B 3A 4B 5LCQ 42 5B 6B 5B 4B 6B 135
5 22px Casey Lester P 22px Lester Racing 5LCQ 5LCQ 5LCQ 62 6 9 5 6 7 8 110
6 22px Victor Vallee C 22px V2 Racing Technologies 4 5B 6LCQ 4LCQ 3LCQ 5LCQ 3 92
7 22px Jacob Krause P 22px Team Razer Enterprises 6 6 8 7 8 8 8 8 9 85
8 22px Brenden Berg P 22px Berg RallySport 4 7 9 12 42 68
9 22px Noah Carmichael C 22px V2 Racing Technologies 7 8 7 9 7 9 7 65
10 22px Alan Ballachino P 22px AB Racing 6 11
Pos. Driver Cup Team NED
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CAN
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MIL
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PVGS
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NEG
22px
PVGN
22px
IRW
22px
SEA
22px
BTW
22px
GBR
22px
 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

2017C Manufacturers' Championship

Pos. Manufacturer NED
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CAN
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MIL
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PVGS
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NEG
22px
PVGN
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IRW
22px
SEA
22px
BTW
22px
GBR
22px
 Pts 
1 22px Subaru 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 207
2 22px Mitsubishi 1 3 2 2 3 2 1 4 4 5 172
3 22px Ford 6 6 6 8 8 4 7 8 1 4 121
4 22px Honda 4 6 6 4 3 5 3 92
Pos. Manufacturer NED
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CAN
22px
MIL
22px
PVGS
22px
NEG
22px
PVGN
22px
IRW
22px
SEA
22px
BTW
22px
GBR
22px
 Pts 

2017C Constructors' Championship

Pos. Constructor No. NED
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CAN
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MIL
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PVGS
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NEG
22px
PVGN
22px
IRW
22px
SEA
22px
BTW
22px
GBR
22px
 Pts 
1 22px Red Bull Subaru MRT 1 2A 21 11 11 2A 32 22 22 22 2A 386
2 31 1B 32 3A 11 11 3A 11 1 11
2 22px Revolution Racing 23 12 42 2A 2B 3B 2A 11 4A 5A 4LCQ 305
51 4B 3A 4B 5LCQ 42 5B 4B 3B 5B
97 4B
3 22px V2 Racing Technologies 24 4 5B 5LCQ 4LCQ 3LCQ 4LCQ 3 171
76 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Pos. Constructor No. NED
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CAN
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MIL
22px
PVGS
22px
NEG
22px
PVGN
22px
IRW
22px
SEA
22px
BTW
22px
GBR
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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)

2017C Privateers' Cup

Pos. Driver Team NED
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CAN
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MIL
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PVGS
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NEG
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PVGN
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IRW
22px
SEA
22px
BTW
22px
GBR
22px
 Pts 
1 22px Casey Lester Lester Racing 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 191
2 22px Jacob Krause Team Razer Enterprises 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 3 147
3 22px Brenden Berg Berg RallySport 1 2 3 1 1 92
4 22px Alan Ballachino AB Racing 2 17
Pos. Driver Team NED
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CAN
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MIL
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PVGS
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PPIR
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NEG
22px
IRW
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SEA
22px
BTW
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GBR
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 Pts