Red Bull Global Rallycross roars into Chandler on May 21-22

By: AZ Central.com

For the first time, rallycross drivers will open their Red Bull Global Rallycross season by going bumper to bumper in a doubleheader. And it’s happening right in metro Phoenix.

Two full days of racing will kick off the event weekend at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler on the 12-turn, .929-mile course that includes dirt, pavement and a 70-foot dirt jump. The track also features a Joker’s Lap, which is an alternate route that each driver must take once per race session.

“(This is) the first time we’ve ever opened a season with a doubleheader,” says CEO of Red Bull Global Rallycross Colin Dyne. “Drivers have to race entirely differently in a doubleheader because if they use up the car before the first main event, they’re going to have a hard time going for the win in the second one.”

Red Bull Global Rallycross

 About nine racers will compete in the Supercar class and about 13 drivers will go head-to-head in the Lites class. Those to watch include Scott Speed, Tanner Foust and Brian Deegan.

“Almost any of our drivers can win on any given weekend. Scott Speed is our defending champion, but his teammate Tanner Foust has two championship wins and will be looking to reclaim the title. Brian Deegan is back for his first full season with us since 2013,” Dyne says. “You could probably draw a name from a hat and have a good chance of picking the winner. That’s how close these drivers are to each other.”

Supercar driver Steve Arpin, a Chip Ganassi Racing driver, is in his fourth year in rallycross and says he and his team have worked hard in the off-season.

“We want to showcase what we’ve been working on in the off-season, come out of the gate strong and cement our place for the championship,” he says. “We spent the off-season capitalizing on what we did right and cleaning up what we didn’t do right. I’m really confident coming into this first weekend.”

An autograph session with the drivers will take place on both days: Saturday, from 2:30-4 p.m., and Sunday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. All drivers will be at the Saturday session, and whatever drivers are available will be there on Sunday.
 

“Off-track we have a completely open paddock that allows any of our fans to get up close with the cars and drivers, autograph sessions and other driver appearances,” Dyne says.  According to Arpin, there is no other form of motorsport with this type of car and driver accessibility.

“People will be climbing in and out of my car all weekend,” he says. “The atmosphere (at rallycross events) is like no other form of motorsport.”  The Lites final is at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 2:40 p.m. on Sunday. The Supercar final is at 1:25 p.m. on Saturday and 12:05 p.m. on Sunday.

 

Red Bull Global Rallycross

When: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 21-22.

Where: Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Chandler.

Admission: $35-$100.

Details: redbullglobalrallycross.com/events/2016-season/phoenix-az-i/.

Red Bull Global Rallycross (Photo: Larry Chen/Red Bull GRC)