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GRC CEO Colin Dyne Speaks at SEMA

Global Rallycross CEO Colin Dyne spoke at Tuesday’s Racing and Performance Forum Panel, held at the SEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. During his 10-minute speech, Dyne spoke to the established strengths of the sport, as well as the immediate future of the series.

“I’ve been involved in building many brands,” began Dyne, whose work with William Rast included a victory in the 2011 Indianapolis 500 with Dan Wheldon and a licensing partnership with Danica Patrick. “I see fashion, sports, and all these elements fusing together as one.”

Dyne was one of eight speakers on the panel, which also included representatives from all three major American automakers, multiple racing series, and technical partners. The two-hour panel featured videos and presentations, the subjects of which ranged from technological innovation to safety to building and elevating brands. For Global Rallycross, one of the key points was the sport’s growing and desirable fanbase.

“Our fanbase is young, it’s dynamic, and that’s the demographic that everybody is looking for,” Dyne commented. “Our superstars—we call them action sports heroes—create their own worlds. They have conversations with their fans every day… (and) what’s interesting in our sport is that we’ve shown virality in the social world, and really taken off in that aspect.”

Dyne also spoke to the extensive manufacturer support within the series. “Manufacturers play a big role in supporting the series,” he noted. “We have great support from Ford, Subaru, and Dodge. Hyundai is looking at coming back into the series next here, and will be racing this weekend. MINI will also be here with us, and we have a couple of manufacturers that will be joining us as well next year.”

Dyne concluded his presentation by announcing the series’ new partnership with Red Bull, which will see the energy drink join the series as title sponsor in a multi-year deal, and confirming that a 10-race schedule will be announced in the near future.

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Global Rallycross Announces New Class

Los Angeles, Calif., May 6, 2013 – Global Rallycross (GRC) is pleased to announce GRC Lites, a new rallycross class that will support the series’ wildly popular Supercars class at all US races in 2013.

“We want to provide a place for our next generation of star drivers,” said GRC Founder Chip Pankow. “The GRC Lites class is the perfect training ground for any driver who wants to get started in rallycross and it will provide them exposure to all of our fans.”

GRC Lites is a tightly controlled “spec” class, designed with an emphasis on driver skill. Built by top rallycross preparer OlsbergsMSE, Lites produce just over half the power of the top Supercar vehicles and are designed to be more manageable for developing star drivers.

Global Rallycross Supercar driver and reigning champion, Tanner Foust, has tested the GRC Lites car and commented, “The GRC Lites cars are a great addition to the Global Rallycross lineup.  They’re challenging to drive yet incredibly capable cars that will carry as much speed as the supercars through some corners and the additional races on the track during the race day will certainly add to the entertainment factor for the fans.”

“The racing is going to be close, since all cars conform to the same specification, and driving talent will be the deciding factor in these races,” said OlsbergsMSE CEO Andreas Eriksson, who worked with GRC to develop the class. “There is no better place than GRC Lites competitions to learn the sport.”

GRC Lites cars are purpose-built racers that are fast, nimble, and exciting to watch. They are all-wheel drive and capable of handling the jumps, door-to-door combat and surface changes of a typical rallycross course. The class will run as a support series on the same courses as the Supercars at all US GRC events, with the Last Chance Qualifiers and Finals expected to run immediately before the main Supercar races.

“GRC Lites continues the growth of Global Rallycross and will provide the perfect venue for drivers to hone their rallycross skills infront of our thousands of spectators,” said GRC CEO Colin Dyne.

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, the GRC Lites series champion will be awarded a drive in an OlsbergsMSE Ford Fiesta ST Supercar and the top three finishers in the championship will receive a Supercar test with OlsbergsMSE.

Rallycross is a blend of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. It promises intense, crowd-pleasing action in a fan-friendly track environment. As many as 10 drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, unbanked turns and changing track and surface conditions that can include dirt, gravel, and wet and dry tarmac.

GRC introduced the sport to the United States with the first event held at X Games in 2010. For the past two years, the series has been limited to top-spec Supercars, which are production-based, turbocharged, all-wheel drive vehicles that produce 600 horsepower and go 0-60 in two seconds. The OlsbergsMSE GRC Lites are the only other vehicles homologated for GRC competition.

Technical partners include AEM (electronics and engine controls), Motegi Racing (wheels), Mountune (engine), Avitas Motorsport (chassis and bodywork), Sadev (transmission and driveline components) and OlsbergsMSE.

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Global Rallycross Starts the 2013 Season at X Games in Foz Do Iguacu, Brazil

FOZ DO IGUACU, BRAZIL (April 23, 2013) — Global Rallycross kicked off its nine-race 2013 season with a wildly popular and successful event at X Games Foz do Iguacu. The race, won by current NASCAR driver Scott Speed, featured one of the most talented and diverse fields in Global Rallycross history, and was acclaimed by fans and drivers alike as a strong season opener.

“The week was incredible from the atmosphere at the X Games to the energy in the paddock,” said Scott Speed, Global Rallycross gold medal winner at X Games Brazil. “The track was amazing. We found our line we needed to run early, where the grip was good, and most of the good guys knew where to find it. Winning gold was like a dream. I want to thank Rdio, X Games, and especially Global Rallycross for giving us a great event and race track to race on.

The weekend began with Friday practice, as drivers went out on the predominantly dirt-based track for the first time. Seeding followed on Saturday, with 2011 X Games Rally Car Racing gold medalist Liam Doran setting the fastest time over Speed and defending Global Rallycross champion Tanner Foust.

“It is great Global Rallycross has such a dynamic and talented field of drivers,” said Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO. “With drivers from all different racing backgrounds, it allows for suspense as to which driver will use their particular skillset to outperform other competitors in the field.”

Competitors learned very quickly that throughout the weekend, they would have to constantly adapt to the changing track conditions, which made for exciting racing.

“I love the experience of driving these kinds of cars in these kind of races at these kind of tracks,” said Nelson Piquet Jr., driver of the X Team Racing Mitsubishi. “It is really competitive. Unfortunately I didn’t make the final, but it leaves me even more fired up for the next race.

Fords swept the four initial heat races on Sunday, with Toomas Heikkinen, Brian Deegan, Foust, and Speed each taking the checkered flag and one bonus point. In the last chance qualifier, 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice and 2006 Junior World Rally champion Patrik Sandell earned the final transfer spots into the ten-car final.

“I’m super happy with my first experience and result in Global Rallycross at XGames Brazil,” said Patrik Sandell, driver of the No. 18 Ford Fiesta ST. “I just love this, the whole GRC concept, and I hope for a long and successful career here.”

In the final, Speed waited until the final lap to take his joker lap, using the shortcut to pass Heikkinen in the final corner and claim the victory in his first-ever rallycross start, while Heikkinen and Sandell completed the podium. Fords claimed the top five spots in the finishing order.

Watch X Games Global Rallycross Race Day recap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wLxCASm_xs

Watch Scott Speed’s post race interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm7QFpl1kzQ

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  1. Scott Speed, #77 Rdio Ford Fiesta, OMSE2
  2. Toomas Heikkinen, #57 Bluebeam Ford Fiesta ST, OlsbergsMSE
  3. Patrik Sandell, #18 Ford EcoBoost Ford Fiesta ST, OlsbergsMSE
  4. Steve Arpin, #32 Royal Purple Ford Fiesta, OMSE2
  5. Brian Deegan, #38 Rockstar Energy Ford Fiesta ST, OlsbergsMSE
  6. Anton Marklund, #92 Victory Motorcycles Volkswagen Polo, Marklund Motorsport
  7. Travis Pastrana, #199 Red Bull/Discount Tire Dodge Dart, Pastrana Racing
  8. Tanner Foust, #34 Rockstar Energy/Eneos Oil Ford Fiesta ST, OlsbergsMSE
  9. Ken Block, #43 Monster Energy Ford Fiesta ST, Hoonigan Racing Division
  10. Buddy Rice, #29 Volkswagen Polo, Marklund Motorsport
  11. Nelson Piquet Jr., #12 Sky/Petrobras/Outback Mitsubishi Evo, X Team Racing
  12. Mauricio Neves, #13 Peugeot 207, XRC Team Brasil
  13. Liam Doran, #33 Monster Energy Citroen DS3, LD Motorsports
  14. Eduardo Marques Jr., #12A Peugeot 207, XRC Team Brasil
  15. Bryce Menzies, #99 Red Bull/America’s Tire Dodge Dart, Pastrana Racing

Photo credit: QBA/QNIGAN.com

Doran Posts Fastest Time in Global Rallycross Seeding at X Games Foz do Iguacu

FOZ DO IGUACU, BRAZIL (April 20, 2013) — With a lap time of 39.007 seconds, Liam Doran, 2011 X Games Rally Car Racing Gold Medalist, posted the fastest time in seeding at X Games Foz do Iguacu, the first Global Rallycross event of the season.

“This is a big deal for me,” said Doran. “We’ve all been here for a long time hanging around, and just had anxiety on how it will actually pan out. So I’m really really happy to have done that. We’re in first place, you can’t do any better than that.”

Doran was followed on the charts by Scott Speed, making his Global Rallycross debut in the Star Car for OMSE. Speed’s best lap was 39.047 seconds, just four hundredths of a second off of Doran’s mark.

“I’m completely amazed that we were able to pick up the learning curve so quickly,” said Speed. “Huge thanks to Andreas and everyone here at OMSE. Without those guys’ advice and help, for sure we’d have a slower learning curve. I’m just pumped that we were able to pull it off and put out a good lap when it mattered.”

Two-time defending Global Rallycross champion Tanner Foust, newcomer Nelson Piquet Jr., and 2012 Global Rallycross runner-up Brian Deegan rounded out the top five, providing a balance between experience and inexperience at the front of the pack.

“It was a great day in qualifying,” said Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO. “The order’s mixed up, there are fast cars all over the place. We’ve got new guys in the front, old guys in the front, new guys in the middle, and old guys in the middle, so I think it’s a nice mix-up of the drivers.”

Click here to view full qualifying results from Foz do Iguacu.

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Newcomers Dominate First Day of Global Rallycross Practice at X Games in Brazil

FOZ DO IGUACU, BRAZIL (April 19, 2013) — A quartet of newcomers to Global Rallycross dominated the first day of practice at the 2013 season opener at the X Games in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.

Former Formula 1 and current NASCAR driver Scott Speed made his Global Rallycross debut in the #77 Ford Fiesta Star Car from Rdio and OMSE and was one of the newcomers to post a top-5 time.

“After my first lap I thought I wouldn’t make it around the track,” Speed said.  “However, by the end of the day, I really started feeling comfortable and had the most fun I’ve ever had on four-wheels.”

Three other Global Rallycross rookies to post impressive laps were Formula 1 and NASCAR competitor Nelson Piquet Jr. in the #12 Mitsubishi of X Team Racing; 2004 Indy 500 and 2009 24 Hours of Daytona winner Buddy Rice in the #29 Volkswagen of Marklund Motorsport; and Steve Arpin in the #32 Royal Purple Ford Fiesta of OMSE.

In addition to newcomers, the field for the Global Rallycross season opener includes two-time defending Global Rallycross champion Tanner Foust; 10-time X Games Gold Medalist and current NASCAR competitor Travis Pastrana; 2011 X Games Rally Car Racing Gold Medalist Liam Doran; World Rally Championship competitor Ken Block; and 2011 X Games Rallycross Gold Medalist Brian Deegan.

“We had a successful, safe, first day and everything went according to plan,” said Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO.  “We look forward to an exciting weekend ahead and ending it with a successful race on Sunday.

Global Rallycross, which debuted at X Games 16 in Los Angeles in 2010, expanded nationally in 2012 and is holding its first international event this weekend. The race is scheduled for this Sunday, April 21, as part of X Games Foz do Iguacu.

Global Rallycross combines the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense action in a fan-friendly environment.  Global Rallycross pits production-based, small cars against each other for door-to-door racing featuring elements such as dirt, asphalt and jumps.  Drivers progress through a series of heat races to advance into a final race, where winner takes all.

Royal Purple To Be A Primary Sponsor Of Global Rallycross

LOS ANGELES, CA. (April 17, 2013) — Global Rallycross announced today that the synthetic oil and lubricant manufacturer, Royal Purple, will be a primary sponsor for the 2013 season, which begins April 21 at the X Games in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.

“We are pleased to announce that Royal Purple has agreed to become a primary sponsor of the 2013 Global Rallycross series,” said Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO.  “Royal Purple has a strong reputation for premium synthetic lubricants and is an ideal partner for our series.”

Royal Purple racing products are specifically formulated for the demands of multi-platform racing environments. These include: racing oil, nitro plus racing oil, break in oil, gear oil, transmission fluid, assembly lube and fuel system cleaner and stabilizer. Professional engine builders and race teams cite increased horsepower and longer engine life with the use of Royal Purple that gains its performance advantages from Royal Purple’s proprietary Synerlec additive technology.

“Given the caliber of racing demonstrated in the Global Rallycross series, we are confident this partnership will further show our commitment to supporting emerging racing bodies that embody outperformance,” said Royal Purple Marketing Director Randy Fisher.

Now in its fourth season, Global Rallycross is the fastest growing motorsports series in the world, combining the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense action in a fan-friendly environment.  Global Rallycross pits production-based, small cars against each other for door-to-door racing featuring elements such as dirt, asphalt and jumps. Drivers move through a series of heat races to advance into a final race, where winner takes all.

 

GRC Adds Star Car To 2013 Lineup; Scott Speed To Drive In Brazil

LOS ANGELES, CA. (April 12, 2013) — Global Rallycross is all about introducing new and forward-thinking elements to race competition. In the spirit of that innovation, Global Rallycross is proud to announce the implementation of the Star Car, a competitive twist for Global Rallycross. To debut the Star Car at the X Games in Foz do Iguacu, Global Rallycross brought Scott Speed on board to take the wheel.

“The Star Car idea was sparked initially as means to create an element of surprise and suspense to both fans and drivers for each of the nine Global Rallycross events this season,” said Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross CEO. “But as the idea has become a reality for Global Rallycross, it is an exceptional element that allows for talented drivers like Scott Speed to get a taste of what Global Rallycross really has to offer.”

In each race of the 2013 season, Global Rallycross will select the Star Car driver who will compete against the regular field of Global Rallycross drivers. With that in mind, every Star Car driver is selected specifically, each bringing a different quality to the series.

For Speed, Global Rallycross selected him to debut the Star Car in Brazil because of his personality, driving ability and his overall fit for Global Rallycross. Speed has raced across the globe, winning two European Formula Renault championships before driving 28 races in Formula 1 in 2006 and 2007. Since transitioning to stock car racing, he has won in the Craftsman Truck Series and spent five seasons at the Sprint Cup level.

“I’ve always been open to looking for other racing series I can try,” said Speed. “So when this thing came up, obviously the series has grown, it’s gotten bigger and bigger, and I’ve always had my eye on this series and how it’s coming. And when the first race was on one of the off weekends that I had, I immediately began working on something to be able to try it.”

The Star Car will be run by OMSE2, a satellite operation of defending GRC champions OlsbergsMSE. The Star Car will be the same model of Ford Fiesta that took four race victories and the top two spots in last year’s GRC standings.The Star Car will make its debut at Global X Games in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, on April 21.

GRC TV Visits Atlanta Motor Speedway

GRC TV was on hand at Atlanta Motor Speedway as Global Rallycross Championship announced that will invade Atlanta Motor Speedway and compete on a custom-designed track in the Global Rallycross Atlanta event on Saturday, Aug. 10.

GRC TV Reporter, Kate Osborne, goes behind-the-scenes to get exclusive coverage of the announcement and joins Tanner Foust on an exhilarating ride along. See Tanner take his Ford Fiesta ST from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds!

Global Rallycross Championship to Debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 10

HAMPTON, Ga. (March 19, 2013) – The exhilarating Global Rallycross Championship will invade Atlanta Motor Speedway and compete on a custom-designed track in the Global Rallycross Atlanta event on Saturday, Aug. 10.

A new era of racing, the Global Rallycross Championship combines the thrill of four-wheel racing with unique course designs featuring dirt and asphalt surfaces, drift turns, airborne jumps and water elements. The event features a series of elimination heat races, which will produce 10 drivers to compete in a winner-take-all final to determine the Atlanta Global Rallycross Champion.

Competitors in the Global Rallycross Championship event at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be coming directly from the Global X Games in Los Angeles, where they will compete in the Global Rallycross Championship the prior weekend. Top GRC drivers like Ken Block, Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust, Bucky Lasek and Dave Mirra will descend on Atlanta from across the globe to compete at the historic facility.

“The addition of the Global Rallycross Championship to the 2013 Atlanta Motor Speedway schedule brings a highly-unique event featuring international competitors in an ultimate test of driving skills,” said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager. “The series features a broad demographic appeal and will be a great addition to the sports landscape in Atlanta.”

“GRC is extremely excited to be on board with Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 2013 season,” said Colin Dyne, Global Rallycross Championship CEO. “It’s a great youth market and we are thrilled to bring our unique form of action motorsports to all the fans in Atlanta.”

GRC vehicles can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds. They are production-based cars based on models that can be purchased at local dealerships and customized. This allows fans of the series to connect to their favorite drivers piloting their vehicles on the track.

In addition to the Atlanta Motor Speedway round, the 2013 GRC Series will feature events across the United States, as well as in Brazil, Germany and Spain.

The Aug. 10 Global Rallycross Atlanta event kicks off an exciting race month for Atlanta Motor Speedway, which will conclude Labor Day weekend with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

Grandstand tickets for Global Rallycross Atlanta are on sale now and will be affordably priced to attract families and the youth market. Adult general admission will be only $20. Ages six to 12 gain admission for just $10, with ages five and under entering free. Fans can upgrade their ticket and add pit paddock access for an additional $5. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call the AMS Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211.

Global Rallycross Championship to Debut at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 20

BRISTOL, TN. (March 16, 2013) – For the first time, Global Rallycross Championship (GRC) will showcase the series at Bristol Motor Speedway and compete on a custom-designed track on Saturday, July 20.

Global Rallycross Championship has captured the attention of both the young and old in a new era of racing, combining the thrill of four-wheel racing with unique course designs on dirt and asphalt, drift turns, jumps and water elements. After a series of elimination heat races, a total of 10 drivers will then compete in a winner-take-all final to determine the Global Rallycross Champion. Drivers like Ken Block, Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust, Bucky Lasek and Dave Mirra will represent GRC this season.

Competitors in the Global Rallycross Championship event at Bristol Motor Speedway will be coming off of three Global X Games events and one stand-alone event. The GRC event at Bristol Motor Speedway will continue to create incredible action towards the Global Rallycross Championship.

“Since we saw our first Global Rallycross Championship event, we envisioned the potential of marrying the most extreme speedway with the most extreme racing series,” said Jerry Caldwell, Bristol Motor Speedway Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Seeing these incredible cars on Bristol’s high banks, as well as a few jumps and new corners we will create, will make a spectacular show that everyone will want to see.”

 

“The addition of Bristol Motor Speedway to the 2013 Global Rallycross Championship schedule is something GRC is thrilled to announce,” said Colin Dyne, GRC CEO. “It is a track that has a long standing racing legacy, has incredible track features and it will provide the ultimate driving experience for our drivers.”

Global Rallycross Championship vehicles differentiate themselves from other racing series car as they are not only fast, accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds, but the cars allow for connectivity to consumers and fans. GRC cars are production-based cars created around models that can be purchased at local dealership and customized by first-time buyers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, fans may call toll free at 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL or online at www.bristoltix.com.