Red Bull GRC Offers Autograph Session, Pit Access and More at The Dirt Track
A sport that has taken over the globe but is still relatively new to the Charlotte area, Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte July 25-26 to win traditional race fans over with high-flying action by some of the world's biggest action sports stars, a family-friendly atmosphere and unique amenities.
Red Bull GRC offers access to the drivers often unseen in other forms of motorsports. One way fans can get close to the action is by going into the paddock area, which is free for all ticket holders.
"The best part about Global Rallycross is that your grandstand ticket gets you right into the pits; there are no hot passes, cold passes or anything like that," said Steve Arpin, driver of the No. 00 Ford Fiesta. "You get a ticket to the grandstand and then come right into the pits with us. You can walk right up to the cars; you can get as close as you want."
For fans new to the sport, these cars are the same that recently competed in X Games Austin, where former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Speed won the gold medal. These 600-horsepower, all-wheel drive, turbocharged compact cars go from 0 to 60 in less than two seconds as drivers steer through hairpin turns, across jumps, over walls and through a series of chicanes and other exciting features designed to test every driver's focus and control.
"If you are not yet a motorsports fan, I would say that this is the best way for you to go to a race," said Nelson Piquet Jr., a former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver who is currently competing in his first full Red Bull GRC season. "I guarantee you are going to fall in love with the sport because it's not long, there is a lot of action, a lot of great races. You are going to see about 10 races in one day and the cars are very loud and very powerful, so it's pretty fun."
While fans are at the track, they also get access to autograph sessions with the stars of the sport, including Ken Block, Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, Arpin, Speed and Piquet Jr.
"It is not only just sitting in the grandstands and watching a race, you can actually go to all the pit areas and look at all the cars and watch the mechanics do work on the cars," said Piquet Jr. "Plus there are autograph sessions, not only the designated ones for the track, but also personal ones in every team."
A free autograph session featuring all of the drivers will be held at 3:30 p.m. on the concourse following the final race on Saturday. Teams will hold separate sessions in the paddock area throughout the two days of racing.
"There are a lot of giveaways; there are a lot of cool personalities. It's perfect for kids because you don't need to hold them or force them to watch a four-hour race," continued Piquet Jr. "There are several heats, several races, a lot of things going on in the paddock; it is just a fun place to be."
Over the two-day event, fans will have unlimited access to the paddock, which in addition to being the pit area for the teams, is also the home of the Kids' Zone, complete with games, bounce houses, vendors and more, making it a true family spectacle.
Event action gets 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.
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.