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Global Rally Cross @ XGames

2 Jul

I always look forward to the Rally Cross segment of the annual X Games carnival. Especially the last two years as the format and organization of the Rally Cross racing has improved dramatically. I love the downtown setting of the racing, and truly wish that more of the GRC events could be held in such locations.

I was hoping that this year’s X Games stop would be more of a departure from the first two GRC events of the year (lacking dirt, too-tight of a race course, wanting of racing excitement, etc.)  Sure, there were dirt sections, a small dirt bump as well. I think it would have been great to see 50% of the total length of the course be dirt/gravel. The loose, low-traction surface would have provided some VERY interesting racing action.

I was bummed to see they turned the gap jump into a table-top jump, but I completely understand GRC management chose to do it. As a race event organizer for the better part of a decade, I’ve been in similar situations where the absolute priority of driver safety took precedent over “excitement” or cool factor.

I was stoked to see Sebastian Loeb racing in the event, my wife and I have been HUGE fans of his for many years. I think the fact that GRC was able to lure the 8-time WRC Champion to this event speaks volumes for the series and the fledgling sport here in the United States. It should be quite interesting to see how ESPN and GRC are successful or not as they both go global with their brands and events in 2013. I wonder how many of the U.S. based GRC teams have the budgets to attend all or most of the global X Games/GRC rounds…..?

I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the GRC management will be able to address my biggest criticisms so far this year over the remaining 2012 events (lack of gravel sections, courses too tight, lack of passing, first guy to turn 1 at the start of the race wins the race, etc.). But who am I and what does my opinion matter….?   😉



2012 North American Championships of Speed

6 Mar

Yes.. this is a big deal…  😉


Venue and Date Announced for the 2012 North American Championships of Speed

Auto Club Speedway will play host to the 2nd annual event the weekend of December 15th & 16th, 2012 with up to $50,000 in cash prizes available.


Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, March 6th, 2012; Organizers for the North American Championships of Speed today have announced the venue and date for the 2012 edition of the event. Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California will host the 2nd annual event the weekend of December 15th & 16th.

The 2012 North American Championships of Speed will see the addition of the Touring Car Challenge and Grand Touring (GT) Cup. These one-of-a-kind races will bring together touring cars and GT cars from across the spectrum of circuit racing in North America. Drivers and teams from series like Grand-Am, ALMS, World Challenge and others will be in attendance. Making a return to the Championships of Speed will be the Time Attack Invitational, featuring the fastest time attack (time trial) cars from across the continent. Up to $50,000 in cash prizes will be up for grabs!

Also new for 2012 will be the EV Challenge, a competition showcasing the emerging technologies related to electric vehicles. With the majority of experts agreeing that EV’s are the future of automobiles, the Championships of Speed will offer a unique opportunity for this technology to be demonstrated.

Fans that are unable to attend the event can catch all of the action via a high-definition, broadcast-quality internet livestream. Complete coverage of the venue and all of the racing activities, including behind the scenes interviews and professional commentary and analysis will be included.

Founded in 2011, the North American Championships of Speed event was created to be an end-of-year motorsport and automotive festival, bringing together fans, drivers, teams and members of the automotive industry. Located in the heart of the “Car Capital of the World”, Auto Club Speedway offers fantastic viewing and interaction opportunities for motorsport fans. Unprecedented access will be granted to spectators including paddock and garage-area access, as well as a variety of viewing locations.

About AVMP, LLC:

Founded in 2011, AVMP, LLC brings together a team of impassioned automotive enthusiasts with over two decades of experience in motorsport-event planning and production. The North American Championships of Speed is a culmination of this experience, earned through the successful creation/operation of events such as Redline:Time Attack, Focus on the Beach, Focus Challenge and the Pacific Tuner Car Championships, to name a few. The creative leadership team is committed to developing and executing innovative automotive event programs.


For additional information, visit http://www.ChampionshipsOfSpeed.com