West Hollywood, CA (March 2, 2011 | GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP) - The Global RallyCross Championship race series (GRC) is set to launch this month with a season opener at Irwindale Speedway March 25 and 26 on the outskirts of Los Angeles.
Building off the success of X Games rally events, the new series will benefit from a multi-year programming relationship with ESPN. GRC broadcasts are slated to follow NASCAR Nationwide and NHRA shows on ESPN and ESPN2.
Series teams and drivers will be drawn from the top ranks of the U.S. and European rallycross championships. Among those expected to attend the first event are threetime X Games Rally gold medalist Tanner Foust in his Ford Fiesta rallycross car, Hyundai-backed Rhys Millen and five-time British rally champion Marcus Dodd. Action sports stars Brian Deegan, and Subaru's Dave Mirra also plan to compete.
"We chose Irwindale for the season opener because we love the track's history and location," said GRC co-founder Brian Gale. "The track has launched some pretty cool types of motorsports over the years and we're sure that the fans here will appreciate the mix of motorsport with action sport."
Gale began working with action sports leader X Games to develop the series after the highly successful North American debut of rallycross at X Games 16 last summer. A new operating company, RallyCross Management, was formed to organize and promote the GRC events, and manage invitations and competition for X Games rally events.
"ESPN is thrilled to have the Global RallyCross Championship exclusively on our services around the world," said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of Programming and Global X Games. "We look forward to working with RallyCross Management and bringing together world-class drivers and manufacturers to showcase this exciting form of motorsports racing to ESPN audiences around the world."
Rallycross combines the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense action in a variety of fan-friendly environments. The highlight of the course is a massive jump that sees cars launch over seventy feet through the air.
Three event weekends are on the 2011 calendar, with qualifying competitors expected to meet again in August 2011 at X Games 17 Rally competitions held in downtown Los Angeles.
The GRC season opener will take place March 25-26, at Irwindale, CA. Round two moves to an exciting new facility outside of Seattle April 15-16, and competitors will hit the large oval at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado Springs, CO, June 17-18, for Round three. The RallyCar organization will sanction the events.
About RallyCross Management
West Hollywood, CA based RallyCross Management is the owner and organizer of the Global Rallycross Championship. Working with ESPN, the company will bring the excitement of rallycross racing to millions of households in over 170 countries.