Watching A Race
Red Bull GRC events offer a unique and unparalleled viewing experience for fans at the track and watching broadcasts alike. Events are designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in all of motorsports, without lengthy breaks in the action.
Up Close and Personal
One of the core principles of Red Bull GRC is the ability for fans to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in the sport. With a completely open paddock, fans are free to walk through, interacting with drivers and watching mechanics at work.
Red Bull GRC cars roll out of the factory as production models, but receive significant improvements to chassis, engine, and safety features to bring them up to racing spec. GRC vehicles are incredibly versatile; they produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, but are also built to withstand 70-foot jumps and contact with other vehicles. Unlike many other racing series, they also do not feature the aid of electronic traction aids. Ford, Volkswagen, Subaru, and Chevrolet serve as Official Manufacturer Partners of the series.
Red Bull GRC competitors include some of the most talented drivers in the world. Many competitors have switched to rallycross after enjoying success in other racing series from Formula 1 to NASCAR. Others have had legendary careers in other action sports, from motocross to BMX to skateboarding. It’s not uncommon to see athletes transition from another sport to rallycross with great success.
Red Bull GRC teams are sophisticated and technically advanced organizations, capable of competing worldwide in various championships. Red Bull GRC teams have experience competing in the World Rally Championship, IndyCar, and NASCAR Sprint Cup.
A Red Bull GRC team is typically led by an engineer, who makes decisions on how to set up the car and race strategy, and is comprised of a handful of mechanics who perform maintenance work on the vehicle. An engine technician is also employed to keep the 2.0-liter engines performing at their maximum potential.
Current teams include:
- Subaru Rallyteam USA
- Andretti Autosport
- Chip Ganassi Racing
- Olsbergs MSE
- SH Racing
- Bryan Herta Rallysport
The race weekend begins with two rounds of heat races, usually consisting of four cars and six laps each, run for up to three points. The field is then combined into two groups of equal size for the semifinals, which are also six laps each. The top three finishers from each semifinal transfer into the main event, giving their teams time to work on their cars while others continue to compete. All drivers who do not make it into the main event via heat races will compete in the four-lap last chance qualifier for the final remaining qualifying spots. Ten cars then compete in the 10-lap main event.
The Penalty Box
The Penalty Box is designed to deal with on-track infractions without having to red flag or restart the race. In event of a jump start, rough driving, or joker lap infraction, offenders pull into a 50 meter lane off track, where they will be held until a track official releases them. In the event that an infraction takes place too late in the race for the Penalty Box to be used, a time penalty will be assessed.
Championship points are awarded to drivers in the following intervals:
In addition, points are awarded in the second and third rounds of heats. First place earns three points, second place earns two points, and all other drivers to start the heat earn one point.