This weekend, Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen and Ford Racing look to win their historic 4th straight Global RallyCross race as the drivers take to the track of the Los Angeles X Games but with the recent announcement that the LA event will have the biggest field of the 2013 GRC season – grabbing the four-peat won’t be easy for Topi and his OMSE Ford Fiesta.
Topi Heikkinen and his Ford Fiesta have already done the unprecedented – winning three straight Global RallyCross races while also putting himself comfortably at the front of the race for the 2013 championship. Through 5 races this season, Ford has claimed 4 wins and the 19 of the 25 top 5 spots with Heikkinen being the driving force behind the Fiesta rally car success. Topi was a dominant force in his wins in Munich, Bristol and New Hampshire while finishing 2nd in Brazil and 3rd in the Munich race that he did not win so he comes into the LA X Games as the odds-on favorite while also being way out in front in the race for the season championship.
However, with the biggest field of the 2013 Global RallyCross schedule, Topi will have his work cut out for him. Fortunately for Ford Motor Company, Ford Racing and the OMSE team that builds the rally cars for 6 drivers in the field including Topi, Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust, Patrik Sandell, Steve Arpin and Scott Speed – even in an 18 car field the top team in the GRC has a good chance of bringing home the victory. Oh, and in case any of those 6 OMSE-built Fiesta rally cars do not win, Ford can also rely on superstar driver Ken Block to bring home the X Games gold.
Standing in the way of Heikkinen’s attempt to win a 4th straight race are some of the biggest names in the world of rallycross racing. Joining the regular faces that include Travis Pastrana in the Dodge Dart, Liam Doran in the Mini and the trio of factory-backed Subaru WRX drivers (Mirra, Lasek, Isachsen) are some new faces for 2013 but there are not rookies by any stretch. After finishing tied for 3rd in the championship run in 2012 only to lose his factory backing, Rhys Millen will make his first appearance of the 2013 GRC season in LA with the same Hyundai Veloster race car that served him so well last season. Also, former Hyundai driver Stephan Verdier will be competing in a self-owned and self-sponsored Subaru WRX.
Finally, the Volkswagen Polo race cars were competitive in the previous X Games events and they will be back in action in LA with Anton Marklund and Timur Timerzyanov doing the driving duties. Timerzyanov has spent quite a bit of time unsuccessfully filling in for Travis Pastrana in the Red Bull Racing Dodge Dart but he will leave the cozy confines of the Dodge for the VW ride since Pastrana will be driving his own Dart at the X Games.
Regardless of the competition, 2 Dodge Dart entries and no less than 7 Ford Fiesta race cars will give the Detroit automakers a great chance of bringing home X Games gold when the field hits the track this Sunday at 5pm EST.