Red Bull Homestretch Takes Virtual Racing To A New Level With Irreverent, Star-Studded New Race Series

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Ken Roczen races at Round Nine of the AMA Supercross Series at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 29 February, 2020.

Thursday, May 14th marked the first of six Red Bull Homestretch planned Gran Turismo races where viewers can enjoy not just another “serious” sim racing series, but one that is less about winning races and more about having a good time.

The playful take on the virtual race trend pits real-world drivers from multiple disciplines – rally, rallycross, IndyCar, motocross and more – against those with no race experience at all, including notable celebrities, musicians, athletes and media personalities.

The first stop for Red Bull Homestretch is now in the books, and the lineup included some of the best drivers on the planet, including Travis PastranaSébastien Loeb, James Hinchcliffe, Timmy HansenBryce Menzies, Ken Roczen and Scott Speed.  And in last week’s “Wildcard Seat” was Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant, obviously the underdog, was able to put a few moves on the pro drivers to stay competitive, especially in the third race.

Sebastien Loeb studio shoot at the WRC Rally Monte Carlo in Gap, France on January 21,2020 // Damien Rosso / Red Bull Content Pool // AP-22ZDCS5CW2111 // Usage for editorial use only //



Here’s who won bragging rights for each race:

Race 1 – Red Bull Ring (road race): Timmy Hansen

Race  2 – Colorado Springs (rally race): Sébastien Loeb

Race 3 – Tokyo Expressway (cart race)Sébastien Loeb (wins by finishing in third place)

During the third race, all drivers were thrown for a loop when it was suddenly announced that the third car across the line (not the first) would actually be the winner.  Sébastien Loeb masterfully positioned himself in 4th place, and then shot forward into 3rd in the last second, earning the win, much to the other drivers’ chagrin.

Alexander Rossi unfortunately had technical issues and was unable to get in on the racing, but still had time to trash talk his IndyCar rival James Hinchcliffe from the sideline.  Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff had planned to race in the “Wildcard Seat” but had to drop out last minute. He will take to the track later in a subsequent week.



Red Bull Homestretch returns this Thursday, May 21st (and for four weeks after that) at 12:00 p.m. EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT live on Twitch.tv/RedBullRed Bull TV and Red Bull Motorsports YouTube and ESPN2.  Stay tuned for the full driver list, including the Wildcard Drivers this week and visit www.RedBull.com/Homestretch for more information. 

About Red Bull Homestretch: 

– Red Bull Homestretch will feature 10 drivers each week, with the majority of the lineup comprised of pros from various race disciplines who would never share a track in the real world.

– Wildcard Seat – The pro drivers will be joined by different “racing outsiders” each week. These seats could be filled by a celebrity, musician, athlete or other notable personality. The Wildcard Seat for week 1 will feature two drivers – Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.

– Flexible Rules – On-the-fly rule changes and requirements for winning will be thrown at the drivers mid-race.

– Fan Interaction – Fans can vote on tasks and rule changes during the race that the drivers will have to then abide by.

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