2016A NASA RallyCross Challenge Season

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2016A NASA RallyCross season
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NASA RallyCross Challenge
Season
Races 10
Start date December 6, 2016
End date February 7, 2017
Awards
Drivers' champion Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann
Constructors' Champion Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT
Privateers' Champion Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise
DeNise Racing
Manufacturers' Cup Flag of Japan.svg Subaru
Nations' Cup Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Tires' Cup Flag of Japan.svg Bridgestone
Endurance Cup Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein
Chronology
Previous season Next season
2015B 2017A

The 2016A NASA RallyCross Challenge season was the eleventh season of the championship. Josh Mertz returned to defend his title from 2015A, along with the partial championship lead from 2015B. He returns to his old team, Red Bull Subaru MRT, as Aftershock Motorsports dissolved after the hiatus. Amsoil replaces longtime entitlement sponsors Rockstar Energy and Royal Purple, after ten seasons of sponsorship of the championship. The rulebook was tweaked for 2016A, which includes three car constructor teams and a new points system. MRT, with the help of Erdmann, Mertz, and Tristan Hagenstein, won nine out of ten races in the season, only losing to Chris Wetz and Revolution Racing in Munich. It was a season long battle for the Austrian squad, with Erdmann beating Mertz for his first championship.

2016A Schedule

Round Circuit Location
1 Valkenwaard RallyCross Flag of the Netherlands.svg Valkenwaard, NED
2 Munich RallyCross Flag of Germany.svg Munich, GER
3 Barcelona RallyCross Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona, ESP
4 St. Eustache RallyCross Flag of Canada.svg St. Eustache, CAN
5 Negus Flag of the United States.svg Canon City, CO, USA
6 NASA Proving Grounds Flag of the United States.svg Lakewood, CO, USA
7 Aspen Flag of the United States.svg Aspen, CO, USA
8 Bent Twig Flag of Canada.svg Vancouver, CAN
9 Riverside Rally Flag of the United States.svg Riverside, CA, USA
10 Las Vegas Stadium Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, NV, USA

Calendar Changes

  • The NASA Proving Grounds has been re-added, as track officials fixed the jump that caused controversy in 2015A.
  • New races in Barcelona and Aspen have been added.
  • Munich returns for the first time since 2014B.
  • Riverside becomes the sole endurance round.
  • Croft, Island Rally, Talladega and Irwindale have been discontinued.

2016A Drivers and Teams

Entry List

NASA RallyCross Car entries eligible to score constructor points
Manufacturer Constructor Tire Individual Team No. Driver Rounds
Ford
(Ford Focus RX)
Flag of the United States.svg Area 52 Racing M Area 52 Team Taylor 7 Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Taylor 1-7
Area 52 Team Smith 13 Flag of Norway.svg Tanner Smith 1-5
Area 52 Team Kraus 19 Flag of Canada.svg Philip Kraus 8-10
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
Flag of the United States.svg Revolution Racing H Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 22 Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith 3-10
Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 51 Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood All
K1 Revolution Racing 71 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz All
Subaru
(Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT B MRT Red Bull RallyCross Team 81 Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz All
CER Red Bull RallyCross Team 82 Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann All
GLM Red Bull RallyCross Team 83 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein All
Volkswagen
(Volkswagen Polo RX)
Flag of the United States.svg H&H Racing M KA RallyCross Team 19 Flag of the United States.svg Philip Kraus 1-7
V2RT RallyCross Team 155 Flag of the United States.svg Victor Vallee 1-7
Bluvos RallyCross Team 199 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Rada 1-3
NASA RallyCross Car entries eligible to score privateer points
Mitsubishi
(Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX)
Flag of the United States.svg Revolution Junior Y Revolution Junior 37 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Nicholson 10
Flag of Canada.svg Columbia Racing H Columbia Racing 39 Flag of Canada.svg Arnold Columbia 10
Flag of the United States.svg Lester Racing H Lester Racing 50 Flag of the United States.svg Casey Lester 5-10
Flag of the United States.svg Johnson Racing H Johnson Racing 527 Flag of the United States.svg Zack Johnson 8
Subaru
(Subaru Impreza WRX STi)
Flag of the United States.svg DeNise Racing M Eneos DeNise Racing 10 Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise 4-10


Team and Driver Changes

The driver rosters for several teams were shaken up at the end of 2015B, and also a few changed during the course of the season.

  • Josh Mertz and Dylan Livengood closed Aftershock Motorsports, and returned to Red Bull Subaru MRT and Revolution Racing, respectively. Also, after a sabbatical, Cody Erdmann returned to partner Mertz at MRT.
  • Tanner Smith left Revolution Racing to join Area 52, partnering rookie Jonathan Taylor.
  • Steve Rada left MRT following 2015B, and formed H&H Racing as a factory Volkswagen squad. He hired rookies Philip Kraus and Victor Vallee to pilot the other entries.
  • Before the Spanish Grand Prix, Revolution Racing expanded to three cars, fielding an entry for the returning Dylan Smith.
  • After the Spanish Grand Prix, Steve Rada withdrew his entry.
  • Before Canada, Doug DeNise returned with his private Subaru squad.
  • After Canada, Tanner Smith left the NASA RallyCross Challenge, leaving Jonathan Taylor as the sole driver.
  • Before Negus, Casey Lester also returned with his private Mitsubishi effort.
  • After Aspen, Jonathan Taylor left citing poor finishes to be the reason of the exit.
  • Also after Aspen, Victor Vallee was indefinitely suspended due to criticizing Race Control on a number of occasions.
  • Before Bent Twig, Zack Johnson announced his return for the first time since 2013A.
  • Also before Bent Twig, Philip Kraus moved from H&H Racing to Area 52 Racing.

Events

Results

Rd. Race Seeding Quarter Final 1 Quarter Final 2 Quarter Final 3 Semi Final A Semi Final B LCQ Winning Driver Winning Team Winning Manu Private Winner
1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Valkenswaard Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Norway.svg Tanner Smith N/A Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru No Entries
2 Flag of Germany.svg Munich Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein N/A Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Taylor Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of the United States.svg Revolution Racing Flag of Japan.svg Mitsubishi No Entries
3 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz N/A Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz N/A Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru No Entries
4 Flag of Canada.svg St. Eustache Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Norway.svg Tanner Smith N/A Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise
5 Flag of the United States.svg Negus Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmannpts Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz N/A Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Taylor Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise
6 Flag of the United States.svg NPVG North Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood N/A Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise
7 Flag of the United States.svg Aspen Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Taylor Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of the United States.svg Victor Vallee Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise
8 Flag of Canada.svg Bent Twig Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood N/A Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise
9 Flag of the United States.svg Riverside Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz N/A Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Canada.svg Philip Kraus N/A Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise
10 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Canada.svg Philip Kraus Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT Flag of Japan.svg Subaru Flag of the United States.svg Casey Lester

Championship Standings

Championship leader table
Race Championship leader Lead
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Valkenswaard Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann 1
Flag of Germany.svg Munich 5
Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 9
Flag of Canada.svg St. Eustache 17
Flag of the United States.svg Negus 19
Flag of the United States.svg NPVG North 24
Flag of the United States.svg Aspen 16
Flag of Canada.svg Bent Twig 9
Flag of the United States.svg Riverside 10
Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas 25

2016A 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 31 29 27 25 23 21 19 17 15 13 11 9 7 5 3 1 2 1


Pos. Driver Cup Team NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
ESP
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
ASP
Flag of the United States.svg
BTW
Flag of Canada.svg
RVR
Flag of the United States.svg
LV
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts 
1 Flag of Germany.svg Cody Erdmann C CER Red Bull RallyCross Team 1A 21 11 4LCQ 21 11 53 51 2A 11 298
2 Flag of Germany.svg Josh Mertz C MRT Red Bull RallyCross Team 51 6LCQN1 72 11 12 3A 11 1B 31 8A 273
3 Flag of the United States.svg Chris Wetz C K1 Revolution Racing PO 1A 3B 2 4 2B 2B 2 LCQ 42 7 LCQ 264
4 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tristan Hagenstein C GLM Red Bull RallyCross Team 4B 42 4B 5A 5A 5LCQ 4A 6A 1 4 254
5 Flag of Canada.svg Dylan Livengood C Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 3LCQ 7 6 DNS 9 62 6 32 7 3B 216
6 Flag of the United States.svg Philip Kraus C KA RallyCross Team 6 8 DNS 7 DNS DNS 3 DNS 6 22 187
7 Flag of Germany.svg Dylan Smith C Rockstar Energy Revolution Racing 5 3B 3LCQ DNS 11 DNS DNS 63 155
8 Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise P Eneos DeNise Racing 6 7 4 9 4LCQ 5 11 139
9 Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Taylor C Area 52 Team Taylor DNS 5B DNS DNS 6B DNS 72 117
10 Flag of the United States.svg Victor Vallee C V2RT RallyCross Team 7 9 DNS 8 8 7 8LCQ 116
11 Flag of Norway.svg Tanner Smith C Area 52 Team Smith 22 3 2 92N2 DNS 113
12 Flag of the United States.svg Casey Lester P Lester Racing 10 8 10 7 DNS 5 100
13 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Rada C Bluvos RallyCross Team 8 DNS DNS 43
14 Flag of the United States.svg Zack Johnson P Johnson Racing 8 17
15 Flag of Canada.svg Arnold Columbia P Columbia Racing 9 15
16 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Nicholson P Revolution Junior 10 13
Pos. Driver Cup Team NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
ESP
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
ASP
Flag of the United States.svg
BTW
Flag of Canada.svg
RVR
Flag of the United States.svg
LV
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)
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

  • N1 Car #81 was put to the back in the final after the stewards found him to have intentionally wrecked Car #7 in Semi Final B.
  • N2 Car #13 was disqualified from the Canadian Grand Prix due to multiple infractions, but still retained points for ninth place. As a result, seventh, eighth and ninth moved up one place.

2016A Manufacturers' Championship

Pos. Manufacturer NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
ESP
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
ASP
Flag of the United States.svg
BTW
Flag of Canada.svg
RVR
Flag of the United States.svg
LV
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts 
1 Flag of Japan.svg Subaru 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 324
2 Flag of Japan.svg Mitsubishi 3 1 3 2 3 2 2 2 4 3 287
3 Flag of the United States.svg Ford 2 3 2 9 6 DNS 7 DNS 6 2 223
4 Flag of Germany.svg Volkswagen 6 8 DNS 7 8 7 3 137
Pos. Manufacturer NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
ESP
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
ASP
Flag of the United States.svg
BTW
Flag of Canada.svg
RVR
Flag of the United States.svg
LV
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts 

2016A Constructors' Championship

Pos. Constructor No. NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
ESP
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
ASP
Flag of the United States.svg
BTW
Flag of Canada.svg
RVR
Flag of the United States.svg
LV
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts 
1 Flag of Austria.svg Red Bull Subaru MRT 81 51 6LCQ 72 11 12 3A 11 1B 31 7A 595
82 1A 21 11 4LCQ 21 11 53 51 2A 11
83 4B 42 4B 5A 5A 5LCQ 4A 6A 1 4
2 Flag of the United States.svg Revolution Racing 22 5 3B 3LCQ DNS 9 DNS DNS 5 514
51 3LCQ 7 6 DNS 8 62 6 32 6B 3B
71 PO 1A 3B 2 4 2B 2LCQ 2 42 6LCQ
4 Flag of the United States.svg Area 52 Racing 7 DNS 5B DNS DNS 6B DNS 72 315
13 22 3 2 82 DNS
19 DNS 5 22
4 Flag of the United States.svg H&H Racing 19 6 8 DNS 6 DNS DNS 3 255
155 7 9 DNS 7 7 7 8
199 8 DNS DNS
Pos. Constructor No. NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
ESP
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
ASP
Flag of the United States.svg
BTW
Flag of Canada.svg
RVR
Flag of the United States.svg
LV
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)

2016A Privateers' Cup

Pos. Driver Team NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
ESP
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
ASP
Flag of the United States.svg
BTW
Flag of Canada.svg
RVR
Flag of the United States.svg
LV
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts 
1 Flag of the United States.svg Doug DeNise DeNise Racing 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 211
2 Flag of the United States.svg Casey Lester Lester Racing 2 2 2 2 2 1 176
3 Flag of Canada.svg Arnold Columbia Columbia Racing 2 29
4 Flag of the United States.svg Zack Johnson Johnson Racing 3 27
5 Flag of the United States.svg Brandon Nicholson Revolution Junior 3 27
Pos. Driver Team NED
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
GER
Flag of Germany.svg
ESP
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Canada.svg
NEG
Flag of the United States.svg
PVGN
Flag of the United States.svg
ASP
Flag of the United States.svg
BTW
Flag of Canada.svg
RVR
Flag of the United States.svg
LV
Flag of the United States.svg
 Pts