New Jersey Motorsports Park news 2010-08-24

America's First Rallycross To Make Motorsport History at New Jersey Motorsports Park ESPN2 to Cover Three U.S. Championship Events at NJMP August 28-29, October 2-3, November 6-7 Millville, NJ (August 24, 2010)-The American motorsport landscape...

America's First Rallycross To Make Motorsport History at New Jersey Motorsports Park
ESPN2 to Cover Three U.S. Championship Events at NJMP August 28-29, October 2-3, November 6-7

Millville, NJ (August 24, 2010)-The American motorsport landscape will never be the same. The first ever U.S. Rallycross event takes place at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) on August 28-29th, 2010 and will be covered by ESPN2! Lookout NJMP, here comes Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, Tanner Faust and a whole slew of motorsport stars. This is the first event of a series of 3 Rallycross race weekends scheduled for NJMP this year and will be known as the "U.S. RallyCar Rallycross Championship".

Americans have seldom seen the speed, power, intensity and overall competition of a Rallycross event. For the uninitiated, imagine the marriage of drifting, sports car racing and closed-course off-road racing. That is Rallycross!

Rallycross will redraw the motor racing landscape much the way drifting changed the landscape when it was introduced in 1996. Rallycross in Europe draws huge audiences and a very diverse fan base. It sits at the intersection of rally, drifting, and road racing disciplines and will feature the stars from each respective autosport.

A Rallycross race consists of five rally style cars negotiating elevation changes and sliding on a road course made up of pavement AND gravel. Five drivers line up to start at once, piloting high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features elevation changes, unbanked turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel. Each car must also take a "Joker" lap at some point during their heat. A Joker Lap is a small detour , normally over a jump or elevation change that adds a level of unpredictability to the heat race outcome by changing a driver's strategy in an instant.

"It's an incredibly challenging and aggressive sport," said driver Tanner Foust, who has been competing in European championship events this season. "The action is non-stop and the fans can't get enough of it."

Fans get close to the action with trackside viewing of aggressive door-to-door action and the sliding and bumping that makes rallycross events unique among motorsport.

A sample of what is to come can be viewed at vimeo.com/12295721 The video was created by www.rallycross.hu

The nation got a taste of what is to come during the recent X Games 16 inaugural "SuperRally" event on July 31st. After the huge success of "Rally Car Racing" in the X Games, ESPN added another rally event that pitted cars against each other on the same course. A thrilled national audience witnessed the tight four car "SuperRally" battles as they sped across the L.A. Memorial Coliseum floor and jumped a 70 foot gap as part of their "Joker" lap.

At the end of the day it was Rockstar Energy Drink's Tanner Foust holding off Brian Deegan, Sam Hubinette and Stephan Verdier in the final heat to win the "SuperRally" gold medal.

Rallycross at NJMP will be the ultimate display of rally and drifting talent with a slew of high profile personalities scheduled to attend!

* Subaru Rally Team's Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra are scheduled to arrive with newly built rallycross cars. Both are perennial X Games megastars having just competed at X Games 16.

* Newly crowned X Games 16 gold medal winner Tanner Foust is also starting his first Rallycross event in New Jersey. Foust has been gaining valuable seat time as the first American to compete in the European Rallycross Series and looks to use his experience against his U.S. rivals.

There will be two classes of cars in this initial year of Rallycross competition. The faster, all-wheel-drive cars will resemble those used in current RallyCar competition. The second category of Rallycross cars will be two-wheel-drive and include various body styles from manufacturers such as Dodge and Honda boasting 450+ horsepower, highly modified engines and rally-style suspension.

More information, including competition format, can be found at rally-america.com/rallycross.php

The three RallyCar Rallycross Championship events at NJMP will be televised on ESPN2. Details about format and broadcast dates to follow.

-source: njmp

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