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Tanner Whitten makes his bow in the RX2 International Series


  • Illinois ace becomes first American to bid for RX2 crown
  • 24-year-old has proven credentials on home turf
  • Congerville native returning ‘home’ as he rejoins OMSE

Tanner Whitten has returned 'home' to Olsbergs MSE as he prepares to make his bow in the rebranded RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires in 2017 - and the young American has history-making success firmly in his sights.

Whitten served as a test-driver for OMSE back in 2012-13 as he helped to develop the prototype RX2 Lites car. Since then, the 24-year-old Illinois native has progressed through the ranks, contesting GRC Lites for the past two seasons and tallying two final victories, 12 heat wins, six podiums and four pole positions. He subsequently made his Supercar debut in Las Vegas last year, taking the chequered flag in sixth place.

Now, Whitten is eager to prove his prowess on the international stage in RX2 - and confident that he is ready to take the next step in his burgeoning career.

Ever since I had the opportunity in 2012 to test the prototype RX2 car for Andreas [Eriksson - OMSE CEO and Team Principal], I have been dreaming about racing against the sport's best in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, revealed the 2010 NASCAR All-American Series Rookie of the Year.

OMSE gave me my first break in the sport of rallycross, so for me it feels like I'm coming home. I am extremely excited about making the jump to a new series with a new team and new team-mates! The RX2 category has grown every year since its inception, and I couldn't be more ready to join the 2017 class.

I am going into the season as prepared as ever to compete for heat and final wins, and although I have only driven the RX tracks that are available on the Codemasters Dirt Rally simulator, I believe I can be a threat for the title this year.

As the first American to contest a full season at RX2 level, I feel I have the opportunity to make history in the sport of rallycross. My team is dedicated to the continued development of its drivers and I am honoured to be a part of the programme.

My long-term ambitions are to make a home within rallycross. I love every aspect of the sport from the cars to the competition and the extremely dedicated fans! I have never felt more at home within a community before and I would love nothing more than to race for a factory Supercar team in the future.

We are very pleased to support Tanner in the #11 OMSE car as he runs for the RX2 championship title this season, added Scott Bucher, President of Whitten's primary sponsor, award-winning marketing communications and business development firm Traction Factory. He has shown us what he is capable of over the last two seasons, and we look forward to realising what is possible on the world stage with Tanner and the OMSE team.

Whitten joins reigning RX Lites Champion Cyril Raymond and Swedish young gun William Nilsson in having confirmed his place on the 2017 RX2 grid. Further driver announcements will be made over the coming days and weeks.

The 2017 RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires will take in seven rounds across three continents in support of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, visiting Mettet in Belgium, Lydden Hill in Great Britain, Hell in Norway, Höljes in Sweden, Trois-Rivières in Canada, Lohéac in France and Cape Town in South Africa.

Tanner Whitten makes his bow in the RX2 International Series


Tanner Whitten earns prestigious Rising Star Award

Tanner Whitten earns the prestigious "Rising Star Award" on October 10th at the 2016 RedBull Global Rallycross awards banquet held at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. In 2016 Tanner raced the Dreyer & Reinbold Lites car in Dallas, Daytona and Seattle earning three podiums (3rd in Dallas, 2nd at Daytona I and winning at Daytona II), along with 7 heat wins and 3 pole positions. He was then given the opportunity to pilot the SH Racing Rallycross Supercar at the double header season finale this past weekend in Los Angeles. Tanner was able to make the Supercar Final both days taking 6th place on Sunday. Many thanks to Dreyer & Reinbold Racing and SH Racing Rallycross for the fantastic opportunity and also our awesome partners - WIX Filters, MET RX, Traction Factory, IVI Vision and Sparco.


Tanner Whitten Promoted to Supercars with SH Ralleycross/DRR

October 8, 2016

It's been producing some of the most exciting action in Red Bull Global Rallycross for years now, and 2016 has been no exception. But GRC Lites fans will have another reason to rejoice this weekend at the Port of Los Angeles: not one, but two graduates of the class-both race winners-will be stepping up to a Supercar for the first time in race conditions.

"We want to make sure that we get the best racing car in the final on Saturday and Sunday," said Tanner Whitten, who will be filling in for Nelson Piquet Jr. at SH Rallycross/DRR this weekend. "Everything after that, I think it'll be icing on the cake. The first corner of rallycross is crucial, and there are a lot of opportunities to capitalize going into turn one."

"If we can get into the final and get a clean start and get through turn one clean, I think we will be in a good position to make up for a couple of spots. I am kind of setting myself to finish in the top seven-I think that's a good goal for my first Supercar and I'm looking forward to see what I have with the sport's best."

Tanner Whitten Promoted to Supercars with SH Ralleycross/DRR

Whitten is the more recent Lites race winner of the two, having taken victories in Detroit last year and Daytona this June. He spent most of 2016 splitting time with Alex Keyes at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, but when Nelson Piquet Jr. was unavailable for this weekend's action, DRR's Dennis Reinbold (also a part-owner of SH Rallycross) elected to move Whitten up and give Keyes two more races in the Lites car.

"I think the time that I spent in the Lites car has done an incredible job of getting me ready for a Supercar," he continued. "The balance of the car and the way the car moves is extremely similar to the Lites car. They have done a really good job of building a Lites car that is really comparable. Obviously the biggest difference is the horsepower and getting used to that much more horsepower. Once you get past that and get acquainted with it, than you start to figure out how the Supercar works versus the Lites car."


Tanner Whitten Promoted to Supercars with SH Ralleycross/DRR


INDIANAPOLIS (October 4, 2016) - SH Rallycross/DRR announced today that Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites driver Tanner Whitten will be promoted to drive in the RBGRC Supercar division this weekend for both season-ending events at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA.

Whitten, 23, will fill-in for Nelson Piquet Jr. and pilot the #07 WIX Filters Ford Fiesta ST for SH Rallycross/DRR on October 8, and the #07 MetRX Ford Fiesta ST on October 9. A native of Illinois, Whitten will become the first GRC Lites driver to be promoted to a full-time Supercar team in the same season that he ran in Lites.

"We are pleased to announce that Tanner will be driving the SH Rallycross/DRR car in Los Angeles," said Dennis Reinbold, co-owner of SH Rallycross/DRR. "The opportunity presented itself with Nelson having a Formula E conflict, and we felt this was the perfect opportunity to promote a young, deserving driver up to Super Cars. We look forward to a successful weekend for both the team and our sponsors, WIX Filters and MET-Rx." One of the inaugural Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites test drivers in 2012, Whitten has had an impressive Lites career. He made his RBGRC Lites debut in 2015 making 12 starts finishing on the podium three times with one win and five heat race victories and a top-five spot in the standings. For 2016, he responded by earning three more podiums including a win, seven heat race victories and three straight poles. During his Lites career, Whitten has made a total of 16 starts with six podium performances including two finals wins and 12 heat victories.

"I want to thank everyone in the SH Rallycross/DRR organization for this opportunity," said Whitten. "It is an honor to be working with the team for the season finale. Los Angeles is an amazing location to make my Supercar debut and I feel humbled to be competing at the highest level of the sport."

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Tanner Whitten 1st at Daytona Tanner Whitten 1st at Daytona

At the iconic Daytona International Speedway and with his new team Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Tanner and his Wix Filters, Traction Factory sponsored car made it to the top of the podium with their first win of the season. Saturday's race ended with a 2nd place finish along with the pole and 2 heat wins. On Sunday Tanner also qualified on the pole, won 2 heat races and led all 10 laps of the final to take the win. "No doubt this win is due to the hard work of my entire team at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. I am so grateful to Dennis Reinbold for this opportunity and putting me in such an awesome car".


Tanner Whitten 3rd at Dallas Tanner Whitten 3rd at Dallas

Whitten along with his new team, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing began their limited season this past weekend in Dallas, Texas at State Fair Park. The weekend began with a clean sweep with fast times in both practice sessions, a pole in qualifying and taking first in both heat races. Although the car was extremely fast, nothing's ever guaranteed in racing. Whitten's Traction Factory and Wix Filters sponsored car, finished with a 3rd place podium position after leading the pack for 5 laps. Whitten and the team left the track ready for the next race in Daytona June 18th & 19th.


Tanner Whitten Tanner Whitten

After years of waiting, original GRC Lites test driver Tanner Whitten finally got his chance to race the car he helped develop in 2015. Whitten grabbed a race win and three podiums, briefly leading the championship standings and ending the year firmly within the top five in points.

2016 will see Whitten take on a new challenge with a new team: linking up with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing out of Indianapolis, IN, he'll be focusing entirely on race wins as he runs half of this year's schedule alongside full-time driver Cabot Bigham. In an exclusive interview, Whitten reflects on the decision to run part-time, working with a teammate, and how the series has grown over the past few years. Read the complete interview at http://redbullglobalrallycross.com/news/interviews/tanner-whitten-2016-going-phenomenal-year/

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