Red Bull Global Rallycross Drivers Looking Forward to Return to Charlotte And One of the Most Challenging Courses on the Circuit
During last year's Red Bull Global Rallycross event, drivers faced one of the most diabolical courses on the circuit at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, and this year's race, coming up July 25-26, will prove to be just as tough.
Officials are tweaking the challenging course to make the racing even more competitive, and the best Rallycross drivers on the planet are looking forward to coming back to see what they can do.
"It is going to be absolutely insane this year at Charlotte. The big thing last year was we all got flat tires because we were driving so hard on around a rough and rutty dirt track, but we got new tires this year so that is not going to happen, so we will go even harder yet," said Royal Purple Racing driver Steve Arpin. "That track is so wild, you have all the banking in Turns 1 and 2—we are wide open all the way through there—we literally jump over the race track, literally over the wall, then jump back in on the other side."
The drivers will begin the race from a standing start in the center of The Dirt Track on a paved starting line. The cars will then fly around existing Turns 1 and 2 of The Dirt Track, through a hairpin turn, then over a dirt jump and out the backstretch opening and around the asphalt outside Turns 3 and 4. The cars will jump over the wall in Turn 4 through a newly created opening in the fence and go around a final turn before crossing the finish line.
"I'm really looking forward to racing in Charlotte at The Dirt Track again this year," said Subaru Rally Team USA driver Bucky Lasek. "The banked dirt oval portion of our track there has the most flat-out and aggressive driving we have anywhere in the GRC series. It's also really cool to race there with Rallycross cars which are so radically different from everything else that usually races there!"
During the race, drivers can choose to take one short lap, called the joker lap, to gain an edge. The shortcut will be located in Turn 4 of The Dirt Track.
"It is intense, you are blind, you don't know what is coming," continued Arpin. "Everyone has worked on all their cars this year, everyone is so much faster. The entire lineup could win the final."
Made popular in recent years as part of the X Games, 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 other special features designed to test every driver's focus and control.
Event action will get underway with practice and qualifying on Friday night. On-track action continues Saturday at 11 a.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday. The main events on Saturday will be broadcast live on NBC at 2 p.m.
General admission tickets for adults are $25 per day or $40 for a two-day pass. Tickets for children 13 and under are $15 per day or $25 for a two-day pass. Each ticket is a paddock pass, allowing access to see the teams and drivers work on the cars. Fans will be treated to an autograph session on Saturday following the final races.
To purchase tickets, call the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
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About Red Bull Global Rallycross
Designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports, Red Bull Global Rallycross pits small production-based cars against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt, and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and can also withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact. For more information, visit www.RedBullGlobalRallycross.com.