Global Rallycross Course at The Dirt Track to Feature High-Flying Jumps, Hairpin Turns and Water Feature on Asphalt and Dirt
The Dirt Track at Charlotte will look drastically different this weekend when the 600-horsepower, turbo-charged vehicles of Global Rallycross presented by SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe take to the track.
The Global Rallycross course will be one of the most diverse and challenging courses these cars take on, using portions inside and outside the existing track over a nerve-testing combination of asphalt and dirt. Drivers expected to rise to the challenge in the high-flying, high-impact series include action sports stars Ken Block, Brian Deegan, Dave Mirra, Travis Pastrana and Scott Speed, among others.
The race will start in the center of The Dirt Track on a specially created, newly paved start/finish line. The cars will then fly around existing Turns 1 and 2 of The Dirt Track, through a hairpin turn onto a paved area in the infield, then over a dirt jump and out the backstretch opening and around the asphalt outside Turns 3 and 4 where they will navigate a water feature. The cars will jump over the wall in Turn 4 through a newly created opening in the fence, go around a final turn before returning to the start/finish line.
Drivers can choose to take a short lap once during the race, called the joker lap. The shortcut will be located in Turn 2 of The Dirt Track.
The event action will begin with six-lap heat races, scheduled to start at 1 p.m. The top two finishers transfer into the main event, and all other finishers will move into the four-lap last chance qualifier race to fill the final positions for the main event. Ten cars will start the main event. Each race starts with a standing start and drivers must accelerate in a split second.
The 600-horsepower, all-wheel drive, turbo-charged compact cars go from 0 to 60 in less than two seconds as drivers steer them through hairpin turns, across jumps, over walls and through a series of chicanes and water features designed to test every driver's focus and control.
This race is also the final race in the the $20,000 battle for the SYLVANIA SilverStar zXe Cup. New to the GRC series this season, the SYLVANIA zXe Cup will go to the driver that earns the most championship points in four of the series' U.S.-based events. The fight for the SYLVANIA zXe Cup started with the July 11 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, included races in Bristol and Atlanta, and wraps up at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sept. 22.
Toomas Heikkinen currently owns the lead by about 20 points, but is being followed closely by Ken Block, Brian Deegan and Tanner Foust, who are all neck-and-neck for second place. Every point matters as the drivers prepare to battle in Charlotte for the last and final bout in the SYLVANIA zXe Cup series.
General admission tickets are $25, while children 13 and under are admitted for $10. Each ticket is a paddock pass, allowing access to see the teams and drivers work on the cars. The drivers will also participate in autograph sessions throughout the event.
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