Newcomer Yacaman returns AF Racing to GRC Lites podium in Louisville

Three and a half years.

That’s how long it had been since Gustavo Yacaman had driven a GRC Lites car when he landed in Louisville for last weekend’s event at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

He didn’t exactly take very long to get the hang of it again, though. At or near the top of the speed charts all weekend, Yacaman not only won pole for the weekend, but also hung on for a third place finish in the final—returning AF Racing to the podium for the first time since last August in Atlantic City. And it all came together in the span of less than a week.

“I had just landed from Europe from my last race in Silverstone,” Yacaman explained before hitting the track. “I saw a message from (team manager) Brad Manka asking me for my phone number. He was like, hey, there’s a chance we can put you in the car. We don’t have a driver for the weekend and we need someone that can hopefully put the car in the front. I was like, yeah I’m down! I flew right up here and here we are a couple days later!”

 

 

One half of the first all-Colombian driver lineup in Red Bull Global Rallycross history, racing alongside veteran Lites driver Alejandro Fernandez, the three-time Indy Lights race winner expected to be quick right away. But with experienced podium finishers or race winners on the grid with every other team in the paddock, it was still a slight shock to the establishment to see a first-timer’s name atop the scoreboard when the checkered flag fell in qualifying.

“If you don’t come here with a dream of wanting to win on the podium, you might as well stay home and watch it on TV,” he explained. “You have to have those aspirations and those desires, but at the same time, you can’t get carried away. The only expectations I had were to have fun, to enjoy the experience, to keep the car in one piece, and hopefully to make it out in the final.”

As the only newcomer in the field in Louisville, Yacaman knew there would be challenges during the weekend. Among the biggest: a deep field, with nine drivers who had led laps in Memphis, and a brand new course—albeit one that no other driver had experience on either.

“That plays against you in Europe where the tracks are two minutes long, but I don’t think it will matter here as much,” the Colombian said of the new course. “But the level of the series is pretty good—we have seen throughout the years that there are no slouches. And even though this is a new track, everything else is also new for me. The tires, brakes, four-wheel drive, just everything is brand new.”

 

 

So will we see the experienced open-wheel and sports car driver back on the Lites grid in 2017? All indications point to yes, as long as schedules line up. Yacaman will be in Belgium next weekend as Red Bull GRC makes its debut at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, but there are no additional date conflicts with the Blancpain GT Series, his primary sports car obligation for the season.

“We’ll see—we’ll check the schedule!” he said from the podium. “Any weekend I can, I’d love to come back. It was a great experience. Running these cars and running in the dirt was a completely new experience for me, and it took some time for me to figure out because I’m used to high downforce cars.

 

“It was quite an experience, and hopefully I’ll be back soon.”

A lot sooner than three and a half years.

source: redbullglobalrallycross.com

PR & Media Manager | May 26, 2017

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Gustavo YacamanGustavo Yacaman

colombian race car driver at Red Bull Global Rallycross
Full name: Gustavo Yacaman
Nationality: Colombian
Resides: Miami, FL.
Birthdate: February 25, 1991

Supercar Lites Class Driver

www.gustavoyacaman.com

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Yacamán Aristizabal is a Colombian racing driver from Santiago de Cali. Yacamán began his career in open-wheel racing, but switched to sports car endurance racing in 2012. He raced in the US until he joined G-Drive Racing in 2015, where he drove a Ligier in the WEC Championship and finished that season 3rd in the LMP2 class. In 2016 Yacamán switched to a sprint format, driving for BMW Team Teo Martín in the International GT Open series. He finished runner-up for the 2016 Championship.

 

For 2009, he returned to the U.S. to race in the Firestone Indy Lights Series with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He finished 12th in points with a best finish of 4th at the Milwaukee Mile. He returned to the series in 2010 with the rookie team Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Yacamán improved to 10th in points and captured his first podium finish with a 3rd place at Toronto. He returned to the series in 2011 for a third season, this time with Team Moore Racing. He captured his first win late in the season at Baltimore and finished fourth in points. Yacamán achieved his first Indy Lights pole position at the 2012 Firestone Freedom 100. He finished the season third in points with two wins (at Detroit and Toronto) and three runner-up finishes.

source: wikipedia.com

  • 2017 Third position – Red Bull Global Rallycross Louisville
  • 2016   BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Team Teo Martin
  • 2015 Ligier JS P2 – G-Drive Racing
  • 2016 Oreca Chevy – Starworks Motorsport
  • 2014 Morgan – NIssan – Ligier – OAK Racing
  • 2013 DP 6 – Michael Shank Racing
  • 2012 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing – Daytona 24 hours
  • 2012 Dallara 2 – Team Moore Racing
  • 2012 Dallara 2 – Team Moore Racing
  • 2011 Dallara 10 – Wayne Taylor Racing
  • 2009 Dallara 44 – Sam Schmidt
  • 2008 D308 14 – Tecauto
  • 2008 D306 44 – Novatec Racing
  • 2006 Formula BMW – Master Junior Formula

Matthew HallidayMatthew Halliday

New Zealand race car driver
Full name: Matthew Halliday
Nationality: New Zealand
Resides: Auckland, NZ
Birthdate: July 14, 1979

Supercar Lites Class Driver

www.matthaliday.com

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Matt Halliday is a New Zealand born international racing driver who has been contesting a variety of racing categories worldwide.

Having risen through the ranks of junior formulae such as karting and Formula Ford he quickly progressed to international racing championships including Formula Holden in Australia, Indy Lights in the USA and Formula Renault V6 in Europe and Asia.

The highest profile categories he has raced in include Australian V8 Supercars endurance races, USA Champcars, A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and more recently the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup contested in Europe and the Middle East.
When his commitments allow, Matt also returns to New Zealand to contest selected Porsche GT3 events.

 

source: wikipedia.com

  • 2010 – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Europe and Middle East
  • 2009/10 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup
  • 2009 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Mini-Endurance
  • 2008– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2008– New Zealand Grand Prix – Toyota Racing Series
  • 2007/08 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup
  • 2007– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2007– USA Champ Car World Series
  • 2007 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup
  • 2006/07– A1GP Series World Cup Of Motorsport
  • 2006– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2006 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup
  • 2006–Formula Renault V6 Asia Championship
  • 2005/06– A1GP Series World Cup Of Motorsport
  • 2005– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2005 – Champcar World Series – USA
  • 2005 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Championship
  • 2004– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2004 – Australia and NZ – Porsche GT3 and Carrera Cup
  • 2004 – Porsche Trans Tasman GT3 Challenge – NZ
  • 2003 –Formula V6 Euroseries – Europe and UK
  • Dayton Indy Lights Series 2001 – USA
  • 2nd & 3rd – New Zealand Grand Prix
  • 3rd – Formula Holden Championship
  • Formula Holden 1999 – 2000 – Australia and NZ
  • 4th – National Championship (10 Top 3 finishes)
  • 3rd – NZ FFI600 Festival
  • Formula Ford 1998 – NZ
  • National Sprint Champion in1997.
  • National Senior Champion in 1996
  • National Junior Light Champion in 1994
  • 1988 – 1997 Karting – NZ

Burt JennerBurt Jenner

X Games Athlete
Full name: Burt Jenner
Nationality: American
Resides: Malibu, CA
Birthdate: September 6, 1978

Supercar Lites Class Driver

www.jennerracing.com

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Joining AF Racing alongside Alejandro Fernandez, Jenner makes his first GRC Lites start in Memphis nearly four years removed from his first test session in the car. The former Octane Academy winner has made a name for himself in off-road racing and sports cars, and combines those backgrounds in his first attempt at rallycross. The California native is just one in a long line of drivers to make his debut for the team, many of whom have gone on to contend for wins.

  • EXR Racing Series
  • Driver/owner Off-Road racing Polaris UTV
  • Driver of the #33 Lamborghini Super Trofeo
  • Winner of the FORD’s 2013 Octane Academy
  • Specialties: Stunts with Motorcycles or Cars
  • SCCA, NASCAR, IKF, SKUSA
  • Skip Barber racing School
  • Bobby Ore stunt Driving School
  • Baja 1000 trophy truck driver
  • Stadium Super trucks driver with multiple podiums
  • 2014, 2015 X Games athlete

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

XII Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

October 13 and 14 – 2017 

  • Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14
  • Port of Los Angeles; 3011 Miner St., San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Tickets start at $35; FREE access on Friday
  • GA admission for children 12 and under FREE with ticketed adult
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Saturday, October 14 – 4:30 PM ET

Wednesday, August 18 – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Seattle

Seattle, WASeattle, WA

XI Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

September 9 and 10 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon…
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Sunday, September 10 – 4:30 PM ET

Wednesday, September 13 – 2017  – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Seattle, WASeattle, WA

IV Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

September 9 and 10 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon…
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Saturday, September 9 – 4:30 PM ET

Wednesday, September 13 – 2017  – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City, NJ

IV Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

August 12 and 13 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon…
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Saturday, August 13 – 4:30 PM ET

Wednesday, August 23 – 2017  – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City, NJ

VIII Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

August 12 and 13 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon…
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Saturday, August 12 – 5:00 PM ET

Wednesday, August 23 – 2017  – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

IndianapolisIndianapolis

VII Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

July 8 and 9 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon… 
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Sunday, July 9 – 8:00 PM ET

Wednesday, July 12 – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

CanadaCanada

VI Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

June 17 and 18 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon… 
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Nbc-sports-logo-600x450

Saturday, June 17 – 10:00 PM ET

Wednesday, June 21 – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Gustavo YacamanGustavo Yacaman

colombian race car driver at Red Bull Global Rallycross
Full name: Gustavo Yacaman
Nationality: Colombian
Resides: Miami, FL.
Birthdate: February 25, 1991

Supercar Lites Class Driver

www.gustavoyacaman.com

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Yacamán Aristizabal is a Colombian racing driver from Santiago de Cali. Yacamán began his career in open-wheel racing, but switched to sports car endurance racing in 2012. He raced in the US until he joined G-Drive Racing in 2015, where he drove a Ligier in the WEC Championship and finished that season 3rd in the LMP2 class. In 2016 Yacamán switched to a sprint format, driving for BMW Team Teo Martín in the International GT Open series. He finished runner-up for the 2016 Championship.

 

For 2009, he returned to the U.S. to race in the Firestone Indy Lights Series with Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He finished 12th in points with a best finish of 4th at the Milwaukee Mile. He returned to the series in 2010 with the rookie team Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Yacamán improved to 10th in points and captured his first podium finish with a 3rd place at Toronto. He returned to the series in 2011 for a third season, this time with Team Moore Racing. He captured his first win late in the season at Baltimore and finished fourth in points. Yacamán achieved his first Indy Lights pole position at the 2012 Firestone Freedom 100. He finished the season third in points with two wins (at Detroit and Toronto) and three runner-up finishes.

source: wikipedia.com

  • 2017 Third position – Red Bull Global Rallycross Louisville
  • 2016   BMW M6 GT3 – BMW Team Teo Martin
  • 2015 Ligier JS P2 – G-Drive Racing
  • 2016 Oreca Chevy – Starworks Motorsport
  • 2014 Morgan – NIssan – Ligier – OAK Racing
  • 2013 DP 6 – Michael Shank Racing
  • 2012 DP 6 Michael Shank Racing – Daytona 24 hours
  • 2012 Dallara 2 – Team Moore Racing
  • 2012 Dallara 2 – Team Moore Racing
  • 2011 Dallara 10 – Wayne Taylor Racing
  • 2009 Dallara 44 – Sam Schmidt
  • 2008 D308 14 – Tecauto
  • 2008 D306 44 – Novatec Racing
  • 2006 Formula BMW – Master Junior Formula

Matthew HallidayMatthew Halliday

New Zealand race car driver
Full name: Matthew Halliday
Nationality: New Zealand
Resides: Auckland, NZ
Birthdate: July 14, 1979

Supercar Lites Class Driver

www.matthaliday.com

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drivers-af-03

Matt Halliday is a New Zealand born international racing driver who has been contesting a variety of racing categories worldwide.

Having risen through the ranks of junior formulae such as karting and Formula Ford he quickly progressed to international racing championships including Formula Holden in Australia, Indy Lights in the USA and Formula Renault V6 in Europe and Asia.

The highest profile categories he has raced in include Australian V8 Supercars endurance races, USA Champcars, A1GP World Cup of Motorsport and more recently the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup contested in Europe and the Middle East.
When his commitments allow, Matt also returns to New Zealand to contest selected Porsche GT3 events.

 

source: wikipedia.com

  • 2010 – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Europe and Middle East
  • 2009/10 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup
  • 2009 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Mini-Endurance
  • 2008– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2008– New Zealand Grand Prix – Toyota Racing Series
  • 2007/08 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup
  • 2007– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2007– USA Champ Car World Series
  • 2007 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup
  • 2006/07– A1GP Series World Cup Of Motorsport
  • 2006– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2006 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup
  • 2006–Formula Renault V6 Asia Championship
  • 2005/06– A1GP Series World Cup Of Motorsport
  • 2005– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2005 – Champcar World Series – USA
  • 2005 – New Zealand Porsche GT3 Championship
  • 2004– V8 Supercars – Australia
  • 2004 – Australia and NZ – Porsche GT3 and Carrera Cup
  • 2004 – Porsche Trans Tasman GT3 Challenge – NZ
  • 2003 –Formula V6 Euroseries – Europe and UK
  • Dayton Indy Lights Series 2001 – USA
  • 2nd & 3rd – New Zealand Grand Prix
  • 3rd – Formula Holden Championship
  • Formula Holden 1999 – 2000 – Australia and NZ
  • 4th – National Championship (10 Top 3 finishes)
  • 3rd – NZ FFI600 Festival
  • Formula Ford 1998 – NZ
  • National Sprint Champion in1997.
  • National Senior Champion in 1996
  • National Junior Light Champion in 1994
  • 1988 – 1997 Karting – NZ

Burt JennerBurt Jenner

X Games Athlete
Full name: Burt Jenner
Nationality: American
Resides: Malibu, CA
Birthdate: September 6, 1978

Supercar Lites Class Driver

www.jennerracing.com

redes-01redes-02redes-03redes-05

drivers-af-01

Joining AF Racing alongside Alejandro Fernandez, Jenner makes his first GRC Lites start in Memphis nearly four years removed from his first test session in the car. The former Octane Academy winner has made a name for himself in off-road racing and sports cars, and combines those backgrounds in his first attempt at rallycross. The California native is just one in a long line of drivers to make his debut for the team, many of whom have gone on to contend for wins.

  • EXR Racing Series
  • Driver/owner Off-Road racing Polaris UTV
  • Driver of the #33 Lamborghini Super Trofeo
  • Winner of the FORD’s 2013 Octane Academy
  • Specialties: Stunts with Motorcycles or Cars
  • SCCA, NASCAR, IKF, SKUSA
  • Skip Barber racing School
  • Bobby Ore stunt Driving School
  • Baja 1000 trophy truck driver
  • Stadium Super trucks driver with multiple podiums
  • 2014, 2015 X Games athlete

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

XII Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

October 13 and 14 – 2017 

  • Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14
  • Port of Los Angeles; 3011 Miner St., San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Tickets start at $35; FREE access on Friday
  • GA admission for children 12 and under FREE with ticketed adult
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
NBC_logo.svg
Nbc-sports-logo-600x450

Saturday, October 14 – 4:30 PM ET

Wednesday, August 18 – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Seattle

Seattle, WASeattle, WA

XI Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

September 9 and 10 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon…
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
NBC_logo.svg
Nbc-sports-logo-600x450

Sunday, September 10 – 4:30 PM ET

Wednesday, September 13 – 2017  – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Seattle, WASeattle, WA

IV Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

September 9 and 10 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon…
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Nbc-sports-logo-600x450

Saturday, September 9 – 4:30 PM ET

Wednesday, September 13 – 2017  – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City, NJ

IV Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

August 12 and 13 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon…
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
NBC_logo.svg
Nbc-sports-logo-600x450

Saturday, August 13 – 4:30 PM ET

Wednesday, August 23 – 2017  – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

Atlantic City, NJAtlantic City, NJ

VIII Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

August 12 and 13 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon…
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
NBC_logo.svg
Nbc-sports-logo-600x450

Saturday, August 12 – 5:00 PM ET

Wednesday, August 23 – 2017  – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

IndianapolisIndianapolis

VII Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

July 8 and 9 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon… 
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
NBC_logo.svg
Nbc-sports-logo-600x450

Sunday, July 9 – 8:00 PM ET

Wednesday, July 12 – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets

CanadaCanada

VI Round of Red Bull Global Rallycross

June 17 and 18 – 2017 

  • More information coming soon… 
  • All tickets include open paddock and driver autograph session access
  • Manufacturer enthusiast parking available
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Nbc-sports-logo-600x450

Saturday, June 17 – 10:00 PM ET

Wednesday, June 21 – 5:00 PM ET

(Lites)

Tickets