Matt Halliday joins GRC Lites field for Indianapolis round

One look at Matt Halliday’s racing resume should be enough to incite deep jealousy in even some of the world’s most successful racing drivers. He’s competed in everything from go-karts to Porsches, A1 Grand Prix to the Champ Car World Series, and a number of V8 Supercar endurance rounds.

This weekend, he’ll add Red Bull Global Rallycross to that list.

Halliday joins AF Racing this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway, completing the GRC Lites grid. In a last-minute deal, the New Zealand native flew overnight from his Los Angeles office to Indianapolis to jump into a completely new form of racing and car he’d never driven before.

“I wasn’t organized for it, but these opportunities tend to come up like that,” he admitted. “When these last minute opportunities come up, you have to be prepared to put yourself on the line. I’ve done it a lot in my career. This is going to be a fun weekend!”

Born in Auckland, Halliday first competed in the United States as an Indy Lights driver in 2001 and returned as a Champ Car driver in 2007. A veteran of numerous European and Australian-based series, the 37-year-old (he celebrates a birthday next Friday) welcomes the opportunity to make his rallycross debut, citing both a relaxed atmosphere and a unique race format.

“GRC is a completely different format from other forms of racing,” he continued. “There’s potential for huge growth. It’s a form of racing where it puts the driver as the star, which is crucial. If you want to be a star, you have to be noticed—you have to go away from this part of the sport where dad has a lot of money, the kid can get in the car and then go to Formula 1. Those kids don’t attract the public’s imagination. The fan base drop off is huge. Long story short, GRC puts the driver in the front seat and it’s a completely different form of racing.”

But while he boasts experience in a number of the world’s top racing series, the Kiwi is the first to admit that even that may not mean much with such a different vehicle and course to conquer.

“I haven’t even used a gear stick in a racing car for years, at least since 2012, for a clutch and a gear stick!” Halliday said. “If you’re a racing driver, you like to think that you can drive anything. Obviously you can’t come into a race weekend without any practice, and the dirt is different.

“I’m just hoping that my experience will come to the front, because it’s hard to picture and imagine that stuff before you get in the car. I’ve driven so many different things in my career—hopefully I can pick and choose what to use and what can help me.”

 

At the end of Lites practice, Halliday ranked seventh overall with a best time of 49.898 seconds, just over a second away from practice leader Christian Brooks. But while he’s still adapting to the new car, one thing is clear: he’s having the time of his life trying something new.

“I’m not putting any expectations on it because it’s completely new for me,” he concluded. “I don’t think I’ve done something like this—I’m not sure what I’m getting myself into. It’s good to challenge yourself, and this will be one of those challenges.”

PR & Media Manager | July 8, 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 

  • More information coming soon…
  • 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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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 

  • 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, 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
NBC_logo.svg
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
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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