Global RallyCross is returning for a second season as the premier rally series in the United States. The 2012 series looks to build on the popularity of the first season with major improvements such as a live broadcast on ESPN, added events, better venues, and more household names.
This year’s GRC will feature reigning champion Tanner Foust, legendary European driver Marcus Gronholm, and new additions Travis Pastrana, Ken Block, and X Games Rally champ Brian Deegan.
Series General Manager, George Tamayo, and the organization learned a lot from last year and made some excellent improvements to GRC in 2012. Here’s what Tamayo had to say about the upcoming season:
Did the inaugural Global RallyCross season live up to expectations?
Overall, I would say that our expectations were exceeded in a number of ways. We had better TV ratings and sponsor interest than anticipated, and a great buzz on social media. Overall the response from the fan base was extraordinary, especially when you consider that there is no real history of rallycross in the U.S. and at the start of the year, the Series didn’t even officially exist.
What was the general feeling from the drivers about the 2011 season?
The fact that almost everyone who competed in 2011 are returning, plus new drivers like Ken Block and Travis Pastrana, who are planning to run the series full-time speaks for itself.
How are you guys looking to build on GRC’s success in 2012?
One area where we made tremendous headway is running on weekends alongside NASCAR and IndyCar at first-class facilities like Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedway in front of 75,000 plus fans.
How much did GRC prove there’s an appetite and an audience for RallyCross in the US?
Undoubtedly, the GRC proved there’s an appetite for the sport in the U.S. The number of people both within the U.S. motorsport industry as well as the public that stood up and paid close attention to the GRC in 2011 was phenomenal. The best indication is that everyone is clambering for more.
*The 2012 Global Rallycross Championship schedule:
May 26 Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 9 Texas Motor Speedway
June 30-July 1 X Games Los Angeles
July 14 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sept 1 TBA
Sept 29 Las Vegas Motor Speedway