Charlotte Motor Speedway will include rallycross with its Memorial Day weekend of NASCAR action, announcing the addition of a Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) event during the Coca-Cola 600 weekend.
GRC combines "the energy of motorsport with the attitude of action sport," and showcases X Games stars like Travis Pastrana, Ken Block, Dave Mirra and Tanner Foust driving 600-horsepower compact cars through a series of tight turns and over high-action jumps. Drivers advance through a series of timed heats to a final winner-take-all race.
“This is an incredible way to add even more entertainment to what's already the most jam-packed 10 days in motorsports,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of CMS. “Global Rallycross is where ‘big air' meets high speed. These drivers combine racing, drifting and stunt jumps into a high-impact show with a jaw-dropping 'wow factor.'”
The 600hp rallycross cars will run on a layout built in front of the pits and the main grandstands, similar to that used in the Race of Champions but combining a loose surface and jumps, as seen in X-Games events.
The event is part of a new relationship between Global Rallycross Championship and CMS owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc., that will bring rallycross events to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series race weekends at select venues this year. The GRC race at Charlotte will follow the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, May 26. All ticket holders for the Nationwide race will be granted admission to the GRC event. The competitor pit area will be open before and after the race to give fans an up-close look at the cars.
2012 Global Rallycross Championship schedule:
May 26, Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 9, Texas Motor Speedway
June 30-July 1, X Games Los Angeles
July 14, New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sept 1, TBA
Sept 29, Las Vegas Motor Speedway