Saturday's SYLVANIA Silverstar® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta won't be the first time in the spotlight for Steve Arpin.The Canadian driver has raced in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, ARCA, USAC Silvercrown in addition to winning seven snowmobile racing championships.
"I don't think that there is anything that can prepare you for driving these things," Arpin said. "They have so much horsepower for how light they are."
Despite a varied racing background, Arpin says none of that can ready a driver for racing in GRC and its turbocharged cars competing on courses made up of dirt, gravel, water, ramps and chicanes.
Arpin, who most recently competed in NASCAR in 2012 for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series, says that the biggest difference between GRC and NASCAR is the sense of urgency.
"We don't have one second to relax," Arpin said. "When that green light comes on, your elbows better be up and you better be ready to go racing."
Heikkinen Leads Chase For SYLVANIA Silverstar® zXe Cup
Toomas Heikkinen will arrive in Atlanta holding the upper hand In the SYLVANIA Silverstar® zXe Cup, a four-race mini-series paying a $20,000 bonus to the driver having earned the most points in GRC events at New Hampshire, Bristol, Atlanta and Charlotte. Heikkinen won the first two events at New Hampshire and Bristol, having accumulated 41 points.
In hot pursuit are Ken Block and Patrick Sandell in second and third with 32 and 31 points, respectively.
New Pastrana Racing Lineup
Fans of Pastrana Racing will see a different driver lineup this weekend. The team's primary drivers, Travis Pastrana and Bryce Menzies are unavailable to race in Atlanta. The team has penciled in two replacements.
Timur Timerzyanov, who has filled in for Pastrana this season at Munich and Bristol, will do so again this weekend. Timerzyanov has advanced to the main event twice in four GRC events this year.
Henning Solberg will hop into the car for Menzies. Solberg is a five-time Norweigan Rally champion with more than 100 World Rally Championship starts.
Paddock Access Includes Fan Zone Entrance
Fans upgrading their tickets to paddock access will also gain entrance to the fan zone throughout SYLVANIA Silverstar® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta. The fan zone will include the Rock 100 fan stage, which will host live music, driver Q&A sessions and more. GRIP, an Atlanta-based band whose music includes original and cover rock, southern rock, country and hick hop music, will be playing on the stage throughout the day.
The fan zone, located adjacent to the Global Rallycross garage, will also include a NOPI car show featuring close to 100 vehicles and interactive displays for fans.
Miss Alabama 2012, Katherine Webb, will also be at the race. Between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., she will be in the fan zone interacting with fans and signing autographs.
The Atlanta Motor Speedway Rev It Up Crew will be in the fan zone Saturday signing autographs and posing for photographs with fans. It will also perform on the fan stage at 4:15 p.m.
Fan Tips For SYLVANIA Silverstar® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta
Grandstand tickets for SYLVANIA Silverstar® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta on Aug. 10 are on sale now. Adult general admission tickets are $20. Ages six to 12 gain admission for just $10, with ages five and under entering free.
Directions: From the north, take Interstate 75 exit 235 and travel south on Highway 19/41 for 15 miles. The Speedway is also accessible via exit 218 and traveling 10 miles west on Highway 20.
From the south, take exit 212 and travel west on Hampton-Locust Grove Road to Highway 20 and continue west. Fans may also exit at 218 and travel 10 miles west on Highway 20. AMS is also accessible via exit 205 and traveling west into Griffin and going north on Highway 19/41.
The track's physical address is 1500 Highway 19/41 Hampton, Ga 30228.
Grandstand entry/will call: Tickets may be purchased at Gate 13, which also serves as will call for the event. The grandstand and paddock gates open at 3 p.m.
Gate entry: All fans may enter the grandstands via Gate 13.
Parking: Parking is $5 per car and payment is cash only.
Paddock Access: To access the paddock area, fans should enter at gate 13 and walk along the mezzanine area between the upper and lower grandstands and follow directional arrows to the infield pedestrian tunnel.
Smoking policy: Smoking is not allowed in the grandstands. Those wishing to smoke may do so in designated areas underneath the grandstands.
Coolers: Coolers permitted as long as they are no larger than 14x14x14 and contain no glass objects.
Handicap Paddock Access: Fans who are handicapped who have paddock access may park in the infield next to the garage by entering at the main infield tunnel. A handicap placard must be displayed.
For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call the AMS Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211.