GRC Adds Penalty Box to 2013 Competition
One of the things that makes rallycross a fan favorite is its fast-paced nature: fast cars, fast races, fast everything. In a move to keep the action rolling, Global Rallycross (GRC) is introducing the Penalty Box concept for the 2013 season.
“This feature allows Race Control to quickly and efficiently deal with infractions without having to resort to a red flag and/or re-start the race,” explains GRC Founder Brian Gale. “It keeps the action going, and this is what our fans and drivers alike are looking for.”
The Penalty Box is a 50-meter lane immediately adjacent to the track. In the event of an infraction such as a false start or rough driving, Race Control can use their electronic flagging system to call the driver into the Penalty Box for a stop-and- go penalty.
The advantages to Penalty Box are numerous for a fast-paced series like GRC. It eliminates the need to re-stage cars in the event of a false start. It also allows race officials to penalize rough driving without disqualifying drivers at the conclusion of the race.
The Penalty Box will first be used in GRC competition at Round 1 of the GRC Season at X Games Foz de Iguacu, Brazil on April 21st. Please tune in to ESPN for live coverage and check out all the action at global-rallycross.com.