GRC finale Oct. 30 in Las Vegas
Global RallyCross has scheduled another round that will conclude the 2012 season Oct. 30 in Las Vegas and will take place in conjunction with the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show.
GRC had tentatively planned to have races Sept. 1, and had been in talks with Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and California Motor Speedway. But conflicts and other factors caused that date to be scrapped, said Chip Pankow, CEO and co-founder of GRC.
"We'd always planned on doing five GRC races," Pankow said. RallyCross at X Games also counts in the points race but is not run by GRC.
Pankow said GRC had already been talking with SEMA about running a race in 2013 but when deals with other venues didn't work out, the GRC approached SEMA in the summer about teaming up this year. The Oct. 30 races will air on ESPN networks to be determined later.
Despite changing the season finale from Sept. 29 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Oct. 30, Pankow said the new date makes sense because it gives GRC a stand-alone event instead of working around the bigger NASCAR or IndyCar events at the other GRC stops. This will give track designers a clean slate to work on in the big parking lot across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center and give GRC racing teams exposure in front of their sponsors and potential new sponsors.
"The teams were all really excited," Pankow said.
SEMA is a trade association made up of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs and race teams.
"We have been working hard with the team at SEMA and are thrilled that we will be racing at this year's event. It will be a great opportunity to showcase the incredible technology of rallycross cars in front of this amazing gathering of aftermarket suppliers from around the world. We want to open their eyes to the excitement of rallycross, and show the world how cool these production-based B and C segment cars are," GRC co-founder and president Brian Gale said in a release.
Pankow said that adding SEMA will help GRC continue to grow from four rounds in 2011, six this year and more in 2013. He said the GRC will announce next year's schedule at the SEMA Show, which runs from Oct. 30- Nov. 2.
Although it isn't the season finale, the GRC's fifth round will be the final races to decide the winner of the $25,000 Discount Tire Cup, which is being awarded to the top point-getter from races June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway, July 14 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Sept. 29 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Tanner Foust leads the overall drivers standings with 62 points, followed by Samuel Hubinette with 50 points and Brian Deegan with 49. Foust's 32 points is tied with Deegan for the Discount Tire Cup standings, followed by Hubinette with 28 and Travis Pastrana with 23.
The LVMS races begin at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN3 and will air on tape delay 6 p.m. ET Sept. 30 on ESPN2.