2012B NASA RallyCross Challenge Season

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2012B NASA RallyCross season
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NASA RallyCross Challenge
Season
Races 8
Start date 9 September
End date 28 October
Awards
Drivers' champion Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz
Constructors' Champion Flag of Austria.svg MRT
Privateers' Champion Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein
Great Lakes Motorsports
Manufacturers' Cup Flag of Japan.svg Subaru
Nations' Cup Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Tires' Cup Flag of the United States.svg Cooper
Chronology
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2012A 2012C

The 2012B NASA RallyCross Challenge Season was the second season of the NASA RallyCross Challenge. The season started on 9 September and ended on 28 October. Brandon Lambert would not return to defend his title.

Josh Mertz won a season high four races en route to the championship, for MRT.

2012B Schedule

Round Circuit Location
1 Croft RallyCross Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Croft, UK
2 Valkenwaard RallyCross Flag of the Netherlands.svg Valkenwaard, NED
3 Charlotte RallyCross Flag of the United States.svg Charlotte, NC, USA
4 St. Eustache RallyCross Flag of Canada.svg St. Eustache, CAN
5 Negus RallyCross Flag of the United States.svg Canon City, CO, USA
6 Los Angeles RallyCross Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, CA, USA
7 NASA Proving Grounds North Flag of the United States.svg Lakewood, CO, USA
8 NASA Proving Grounds South Flag of the United States.svg Lakewood, CO, USA

Schedule Changes

  • Island Rally and Riverside Rally were dropped in favour of shorter circuits, due to complaints from the fans that the racing was too strung out.
  • Valkenswaard moves forward in the schedule to partner with Croft, to help cut costs with logistics
  • Charlotte and Los Angeles both paid their race fees and had their tracks complete (partially for Los Angeles, due to budget issues) before the deadline.
  • St. Eustache moved ahead of Negus
  • NASA Proving Grounds hosted the final two races of the season.

2012B Drivers and Teams

NASA RallyCross Car Entries eligible to score constructor points
Constructor Team Individual Team No. Driver Rounds
Citroën
(Citroën Xsara)
Flag of France.svg Team Citroën Total Team Citroën Total 2 Flag of the United States.svg Nick DiPalmo 2, 4-5, 8
Ford
(Ford Focus)
Flag of the United States.svg Great Lakes Motorsports Team Klondike 27 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein 1-5
Flag of the United States.svg MONSTER Ford World Rally Team 31hellomate Racing 5 Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Fessler 1-5, 7-8
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer)
Flag of the United States.svg Revolution Racing Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 23 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz All
Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 51 Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood All
Subaru
Subaru Impreza
Flag of Austria.svg MRT MRT Red Bull RallyCross Team 81 Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz All
HWR Red Bull RallyCross Team 524 Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann All
Flag of Austria.svg MRT Junior PCK Red Bull RallyCross Team 6 Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith 4-8
ATN Red Bull RallyCross Team 08 Flag of Australia.svg Adam Simons All
Flag of Japan.svg Subaru World Rally Team Subaru RallyCross 97 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Stroski 1-7

Driver and Team Changes

  • Brandon Lambert and the Red Bull Ford World Rally Team would not return to defend their titles.
  • John Quinn and So Cal Autosport, due to lack of sponsorship, originally planned to just run Los Angeles but were forced to abandon the plans.
  • Elliot Porterfield still remains injured after 2012A Negus. The 666 was briefly brought back to competition at Charlotte, rebranded as the #37 for Dylan Smith.
  • Webler Motorsports sold their assets to Rookie Racing, and Nick Dawson appeared at Los Angeles.
  • Brian Mercurio left Pillsbury Racing to form his own team, which raced at Negus and Los Angeles.
  • The Red Bull RallyCross Team shrank from 5 cars to 3 at the beginning of the season, and renamed to Mertz Racing Technologies.
  • The 81 and 524 were promptly kept on MRT, with the 08 moved to the new MRT Junior Team.
  • Pillsbury Racing shrank from 4 cars to 2 after budget constraints, and also withdrew from Valkenswaard, Charlotte, St. Eustache, and Negus.
  • After Valkenswaard, Dylan Smith promptly signed onto Revolution Racing for Charlotte. With a poor result, he left the team and joined the MRT Junior Team.
  • Dylan Connolly was banned from NASA after a drug problem, and thus DC, Inc. closed.
  • Solstice Racing appeared to close their doors, but fielded the #15 Subaru for Kieth Sherman at the North Proving Grounds.

Results and Standings

Races

Championship leader table
Race Championship leader Lead
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Croft Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz 3
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Valkenswaard 4
Flag of the United States.svg Charlotte Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz 3
Flag of Canada.svg St. Eustache Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz 5
Flag of the United States.svg Negus 13
Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles 9
Flag of the United States.svg Proving Grounds North 4
Flag of the United States.svg Proving Grounds South 9
Rd. Race Heat 1 Heat 2 Heat 3 LCQ Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Manu.
1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Croft Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz N/A Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Fessler Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Austria.svg MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru
2 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Valkenswaard Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz N/A Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of the United States.svg Revolution Racing Flag of Japan.svg Mitsubishi
3 Flag of the United States.svg Charlotte Flag of the United States.svg Jack Stroski Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein N/A Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Austria.svg MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru
4 Flag of Canada.svg St. Eustache Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Fessler Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith N/A Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Austria.svg MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru
5 Flag of the United States.svg Negus Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood Flag of the United States.svg Brian Mercurio Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Austria.svg MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru
6 Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Australia.svg Adam Simons N/A Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of the United States.svg Revolution Racing Flag of Japan.svg Mitsubishi
7 Flag of the United States.svg NPVG North Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Fessler Flag of the United States.svg Matt Wishart Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith Flag of Austria.svg MRT Junior Flag of Japan.svg Subaru
8 Flag of the United States.svg NPVG South Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann N/A Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Austria.svg MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru

2012B 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   Heat Win 
Points 20 17 15 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1


Pos. Drivers Team CRO
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NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
CHA
Flag of the United States.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
LA
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGS
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts 
1 Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz MRT Red Bull RallyCross Team 1 3 9 1 1 5 5 1 131
2 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 4 1 3 7 6 1 2 3 122
3 Flag of the United States.svg Andrew Fessler 31hellomate Racing 2 4 6 2 4 4 2 105
4 Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann HWR Red Bull RallyCross Team 7 6 1 4 8 3 8 6 100
5 Flag of the United States.svg Jack Stroski 555 Subaru Rally Team 11 2 2 6 2 4 7 94
6 Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith ProCupKarting RallyCross Team 8 9 7 3 7 10 1 4 93
7 Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 6 5 4 9 4 8 6 11 83
8 Flag of Australia.svg Adam Simons ATN RallyCross Team 10 8 8 10 10 2 9 7 75
9 Flag of the United States.svg Matt Wishart Pillsbury Racing 3 6 3 5 53
10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Team Klondike 5 10 5 5 12 49
11 Flag of the United States.svg Brian Mercurio Turtle Beach Racing 3 7 8 34
12 Flag of the United States.svg Nick DiPalmo Citroen Total Racing 7 7 11 10 33
13 Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise Best Buy RallyCross Team 9 9 16
14 Flag of Canada.svg Nick Dawson SPEED Energy Rookie Racing 9 8
15 Flag of the United States.svg Ian Dowdy Chocolate Milk RallyCross 9 8
16 Flag of the United States.svg Keith Sherman MONSTER Energy Solstice Racing 10 7
17 Flag of Canada.svg Jeffrey Stanton Jeffrey Stanton RallyCross 11 6
Pos. Drivers Team CRO
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
CHA
Flag of the United States.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
LA
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGS
Flag of the United States.svg
 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)

BOLD - Driver won their heat, they get an extra bonus point
Italics - Driver transferred through to the final via the LCQ

2012B Manufacturers' Championship

Pos. Manufacturer CRO
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NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
CHA
Flag of the United States.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
LA
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGS
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts 
1 Flag of Japan.svg Subaru 1 2 1 1 1 2 1* 1 158
2 Flag of Japan.svg Mitsubishi 4 1 3 7 4 1 2 3 124
3 Flag of the United States.svg Ford 2 4 5 2 5 4 2 104
4 Flag of France.svg Citroen 7 7 11 5 38
  • With the victory at the North Proving Grounds, Subaru clinched the 2012B NASA RallyCross Challenge Manufacturers' Championship.

2012B Constructors' Championship

Pos. Constructor No. CRO
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
CHA
Flag of the United States.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
LA
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGS
Flag of the United States.svg
Points
1 Flag of Austria.svg MRT 81 1 3 9 1 1 5 5 1 231
524 7 6 1 4 8 3 8 6
2 Flag of the United States.svg Revolution Racing 23 4 1 3 7 6 1 2 3 205
51 6 5 4 9 4 8 6 11
3 Flag of Austria.svg MRT Junior 6 3 7 10 1 4 118
08 10 8 8 10 10 2 9 7
4 Flag of the United States.svg Subaru World Rally Team 97 11 2 2 6 2 4 7 94
5 Flag of the United States.svg MONSTER Ford World Rally Team 5 2 4 6 2 4 4 2 87
6 Flag of the United States.svg Great Lakes Motorsports 27 5 10 5 5 12 49
7 Flag of France.svg Team Citroen TOTAL 2 7 7 11 10 26
Pos. Manufacturer No. CRO
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
CHA
Flag of the United States.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
LA
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGS
Flag of the United States.svg
Points

2012B Nations Cup

Pos. Nation CRO
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
CHA
Flag of the United States.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
LA
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGS
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts 
1 Flag of Germany.svg Germany 1 3 1 1 1 3 1 1 158
2 Flag of the United States.svg United States 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 146
3 Flag of Canada.svg Canada 6 5 4 9 4 8 6 11 83
4 Flag of Australia.svg Australia 10 8 8 10 10 2 9 7 75
5 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands 5 10 5 5 12 49
Pos. Nation CRO
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
CHA
Flag of the United States.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
LA
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGS
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts