This tweet (which was re-tweeted by the official GRC twitter account) announced that Millen would not be racing in the event, which happens today in New Hampshire. Rhys is currently sitting in third place overall, and the only driver between him and points leader Tanner Foust, is Marcus Gronholm who is sitting this weekend out to recover from injuries sustained during X Games. Formula D alumni and Rhys Millen’s Hyundai teammate Steph Verdier qualified 4th overall, while former FD Champion Sam Hubinette qualified 6th overall in yesterday’s qualifying.
Millen missed last year’s Formula D event in New Jersey in favor of running the GRC event at Pikes Peak. During the Pikes Peak GRC TV coverage, Millen mentioned that perhaps he had made the wrong decision for the weekend, implying that he might have been better off staying in NJ and making a bigger run at the championship. Millen finished the championship 9th place overall, 119 points behind Dai Yoshihara. The FD NJ event is the only event he has ever not attended (he failed to qualify for FD Long Beach in 2008 due to mechanical failure in the Pontiac Solstice but was at the event working on the car in the pits up thru qualifying). With all the safety issues in GRC lately, perhaps he is making a bigger commitment to Formula D overall.
The New Hampshire Global Rallycross race is being televised today at 4p PST / 7p EST on ESPN, or on ESPN3.com.
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