Watching A GRC Race
GRC events offer a unique and unparalleled viewing experience for fans at the track and watching broadcasts alike. Events are designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in all of motorsports, without lengthy breaks in the action.
Up Close and Personal
One of the core principles of GRC is the ability for fans to rub elbows with some of the biggest names in the sport. With a completely open paddock, fans are free to walk through, interacting with drivers and watching mechanics at work.
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. Unlike many other racing series, they also do not feature the aid of electronic traction aids. Ford, Volkswagen, Subaru, and Chevrolet serve as Official Manufacturer Partners of the series.
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. Rallycross provides its athletes with a similar thrill to other action sports, only with added control and safety measures. It's not uncommon to see drivers transition from another sport to rallycross with great success.
Many former World Rally champions also choose to race in GRC. These racing professionals balance their skills in car control with the added challenge of wheel-to-wheel racing.
GRC teams are incredibly sophisticated and technically advanced organizations, capable of competing worldwide in various championships. GRC teams have experience competing in the World Rally Championship, Rally America, and European rallycross.
A GRC team is typically led by an engineer, who makes decisions on how to set up the car and race strategy, and is comprised of a handful of mechanics who perform maintenance work on the vehicle. An engine technician is also employed to keep the 2.0-liter engines performing at their maximum potential.
Current GRC teams include:
- Subaru Rallyteam USA
- Andretti Autosport
- Hoonigan Racing
- SH Racing
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 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, rough driving, or joker lap infraction, offenders pull into a 50 meter lane off track, where they will be held until a track official releases them. In the event that an infraction takes place too late in the race for the Penalty Box to be used, a time penalty will be assessed.
Championship points are awarded to drivers in the following intervals:
In addition, points are awarded in the second and third rounds of heats. First place earns three points, second place earns two points, and all other drivers to start the heat earn one point.
NBC Sports Network.
GRC TV is the official Global Rallycross YouTube channel.
Global-rallycross.com is the official website of GRC and its premiere source of series news and information.
Facebook and Twitter with real-time information on race day and various trivia questions and contests between events.