The course build for this weekend’s Red Bull Global Rallycross has started.
The challenging Red Bull GRC asphalt and dirt course is being staged in the Speedway’s infield on the horseshoe portion of the road course and includes high speed turns and a jump. Drivers race, slide and muscle their way around the course in souped-up Fords, Hondas, Subarus and Volkswagens producing 600 horsepower and accelerating from 0 – 60 miles per hour in less than two seconds.
The Father’s Day weekend doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday will make up Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2016 season. Here are some facts behind the construction of the .742-mile course:
- 280 truckloads of dirt
- 12 trucks that deliver the dirt for 10 straight hours
- 8,500 tons of dirt
- 1 bulldozer
- 1 compactor
- 1 front loader
Traditional stock car and open wheel race fans not familiar with Red Bull GRC will recognize team names like Chip Ganassi Racing, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross and Bryan Herta Rallysport as well as drivers Scott Speed, the defending Red Bull GRC champion, Jeff Ward, Brian Deegan and Steve Arpin.
A great outing for the whole family over Father’s Day weekend, tickets for Red Bull Global Rallycross are on sale now and start at $20 for adults and $10 for kids 6-12; kids 5 and under are FREE. Weekend admission passes are available to purchase in advance and provide a savings of over 30 percent. All tickets include access to the paddock where fans are able to walk through the garages, engage the drivers and watch the mechanics work on the cars. A detailed event schedule will be released at a later date.
Tickets for Red Bull Global Rallycross and all 2016 Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat (username: DISupdates), and by downloading the new version of Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
About Red Bull Global Rallycross
Designed to produce some of 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.
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway recently completed a $400 million frontstretch renovation project that transformed the “World Center of Racing” into the world’s first motorsports stadium. Improvements included wider, more comfortable seats, five expanded and redesigned entrances, 40 escalators and upgraded amenities throughout the 11 football-field size neighborhoods. The new stadium was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year. Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. New to the calendar for 2016 are the Country 500 music festival on Memorial Day Weekend and the Ferrari World Finals on Dec. 1-4. In addition to at least eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.
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