Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) offers exciting, high flying action on a mixture of asphalt and dirt tracks. Seen by many as a cross between rallying and supercross, it features wheel-to-wheel racing with up to 10 cars competing at once in fast paced heat races over huge jumps on combination dirt and asphalt courses around the world. Cars roll out of the factory as production models, but receive significant improvements to chassis, engine, and safety features to bring them up to racing standards.
GRC events offer a unique and unparalleled viewing experience for fans at the track as a completely open paddock allows fans the freedom to explore, interact with drivers and watch the mechanics at work. Events are designed to produce the fast and exciting racing, without lengthy breaks in the action.
Experiencing Red Bull Global Rallycross
Red Bull Global Rallycross cars roll out of the factory as production models, but receive significant improvements to chassis, engine, and safety features to bring them up to racing spec. GRC vehicles are incredibly versatile; they produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds, but are also built to withstand 70-foot jumps and contact with other vehicles.
GRC drivers represent some of the most talented action sports athletes in the world. A significant number of GRC drivers have also had legendary careers in other action sports, from motocross to BMX to skateboarding. Many experienced racing drivers also choose to race in GRC, balancing their skills in car control with the added challenge of wheel-to-wheel racing. GRC teams have experience competing across the globe in such prestigious events as the World Rally Championship and Indianapolis 500.
Among the rallying and action sports athletes that compete in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship include Scott Speed, Brian Deegan, Tanner Foust and Bucky Lasek!
GRC tracks feature some of the most diverse and technical challenges in the world of motorsports. Between half a mile and a mile in length, they feature a mixture of dirt and tarmac, as well as various other obstacles. The course at Daytona International Speedway will include portions of DAYTONA’s famed road course asphalt and a challenging dirt section as drivers will slide, bang and fly over a 70 foot jump in manufacturer-backed cars.
Things to Know
The field is broken up into small groups that take to the track in 10-minute sessions to determine seeding. Race day begins with one or two rounds of four heat races, usually consisting of four cars and six laps each. The top two finishers transfer into the 10-lap main event. All other drivers compete in the last chance qualifier for the final remaining qualifying spots before the main event.
All GRC action begins with a standing start, where drivers are given 30- and 10-second intervals before the green. During that time they must activate launch systems, including an anti-lag system, all while being ready to accelerate within a split second's time.
The race weekend begins with two rounds of heat races, usually consisting of four cars and six laps each, run for up to three points. The field is then combined into two groups of equal size for the semifinals, which are also six laps each. The top three finishers from each semifinal transfer into the main event, giving their teams time to work on their cars while others continue to compete. All drivers who do not make it into the main event via heat races will compete in the four-lap last chance qualifier for the final remaining qualifying spots. Ten cars then compete in the 10-lap main event.
The Joker Lap
Each course is equipped with two routes: the main route, and the joker lap route, which each driver must take once per race. The joker lap route alters the length of the track, forcing a driver to make strategic decisions about when to take it.
The Penalty Box
The Penalty Box is designed to deal with on-track infractions without having to red flag or restart the race. In event of a jump start or rough driving, offenders will pull into a 50 meter lane off track, where they will be held until a track official releases them.
Watch world champions, crossover legends and rising stars battle it out as Red Bull Global Rallycross returns to Daytona International Speedway for a third consecutive year with three days of action packed racing. Practice and qualifying will be on Friday, June 17, while Lites finals and Supercar finals will be held on both Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19!
You can experience the exciting action for yourself. Kids 12 & under are free all weekend long! Tickets and more information are available online or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.