The debut of the extreme Global Rallycross Championship racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway is less than two months away with just two events until Global Rallycross Atlanta on Aug. 10.Described as "action sports with a roll cage," Global Rallycross racing combines the competition of motorsports with the intensity of action sports.
GRC features turbocharged cars able to accelerate to 60 mph in less than two seconds with racing surfaces being made up of dirt, asphalt, gravel, hairpin turns, ramp jumps and more. All of these elements combine to make Global Rallycross racing a true test of both car and driver.
"Every person I have talked to who has come to a rallycross race for the first time has been hooked. It's basically got all the highlights of racing packed into a short little race," said Tanner Foust, defending Global Rallycross champion. "It's got racing, sliding, crashing, jumping, drifting and super high speed racing door-to-door. It's got all of that packed into an eight-lap sprint race."
Global Rallycross Atlanta and the custom-designed track on the speedway's frontstretch will attract the biggest names in GRC racing. Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan and Ken Block are among the expected entrants.
"Any time you come to a new track and you're the defending champion, it's a time when you can't take the lessons you may have learned at that track the year before, everybody is kind of on an even playing field," Foust said. "Your game has to be up on a new track."
The GRC Lites, a new rallycross class that will support the series' wildly popular Supercars class, will also be a part of the Global Rallycross Atlanta. The Lites are a tightly controlled "spec" class, designed with an emphasis on driver skill, and produce just over half the power of the top Supercar vehicles and are designed to be more manageable for developing star drivers.
Grandstand tickets for Global Rallycross Atlanta are on sale now and are affordably priced to attract families and the youth market. Adult general admission tickets are $20. Ages six to 12 gain admission for just $10, with ages five and under entering free. Fans can upgrade their ticket and add paddock access for an additional $5.
Parking for Global Rallycross Atlanta is $5 per vehicle and no smoking is permitted in the grandstands during the event.
For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call the AMS Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211