SANTA ANA, Calif. (Jul 22, 2015)- Continuing a diverse 2015 season that has seen him drive everything from grassroots stock cars to exotic GT cars, Californian Brian Wong has entered the latest chapter of his motorsport exploits, Red Bull Global Rallycross competition.
“The Red Bull Global Rallycross has opened a whole new gateway for racing, and I couldn’t be more excited to have some fun out there,” stated Wong. “GRC has done an excellent job engaging fans and creating an all-around platform that really resonates with the viewers. The bottom line is… it’s a fun series, which is refreshing. Coming from road racing and stock cars, I’m hoping to adapt quickly. I’m really jumping in at the deep end on this one, but I’m sure it will be a great experience. Thanks to everyone at Rhys Millen Racing for the opportunity.”
Driving for the storied Rhys Millen Racing, the 26-year-old will enter this weekend’s event in Belle Isle, Detroit having never driven in any type of rally racing. Competing in the spec-built Lites category, Wong will take to the wheel in his No. 89 driving on pavement, dirt, jumps… and with literally zero testing or prior experience.
Holding the unique claim of being the first Chinese-American to earn a podium in the former American Le Mans Series, and holding the same for the ARCA Racing Series, Brian is no stranger to driving new machinery. Looking to expand his driving resume and simply enjoy himself, the Newport Beach native will add this to a resume that includes the famed IMSA Porsche 911 GT3 Challenge, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, Maserati Super Trofeo Series, and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
With backing from World Stage Racing, the entrée into Global Rallycross competition is an excellent opportunity for the brand.
Capitalizing on a digitally-engaged millennial audience, with special emphasis on building relationships between Chinese and American businesses through motorsport, World Stage Racing’s alignment with Red Bull Global Rallycross is a logical next step. Featuring a young fan base, and with live coverage on NBC and NBC Sports Network, the series has a reach unlike any other. Providing a unique heat-racing platform, the series has managed to attract manufacturer support from such marques as Ford, Volkswagen, Chevrolet and Subaru.
Official competition begins this coming Saturday, July 25, in Detroit’s scenic Belle Isle. Lite category practice begins at 11AM, with heat racing occurring at 2:40PM. The double-header competition will continue on to Sunday, with events taking place at 10:40AM. Live coverage of the series headlining “Supercar” series can be found on NBC this Saturday at 2PM ET, and Brian’s “Lites” race will be found on NBC Sports Network next Wednesday, July 29, at 4:30PM ET.