The Dirt Track At Charlotte Prepares For An Epic Red Bull Global Rallycross Weekend

The Dirt Track At Charlotte Prepares For An Epic Red Bull Global Rallycross Weekend

by July 24, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas

CONCORD, NC – The stars of the Red Bull Global Rallycross will visit The Dirt Track at Charlotte this weekend for the fifth race of the season.

Last year’s edition marked the first time the series visited The Dirt Track, and the show was purely amazing. Scott Speed who’s entered into this weekend’s event held off Brian Deegan for the win. Out of the six heat races, there were five different winners. The most memorable moment was seeing Tanner Foust hit the water barrels and flip in the first corner.

Red Bull Global Rallycross offers fans quick, dramatic events that force the drivers to drive all-out every lap. While bouncing off each other, the drivers will slide around the turns and fly over the ramps. It’s quite a unique show.

“Even before the race starts, you need to be pumped,” Nelson Piquet Jr. said. “Your heart needs to be over 200 and you need to be 110% focused. I would say the start is probably 50% of your results of the race – the race is so short. After that, you just need to be really focused on not making a mistake. Obviously, going track-to-track it changes.”

Steve Arpin said. “It’s absolutely wild. When you pull up to that starting grid, you better be ready to race, because you don’t have time to log laps, and you don’t have time to kind of sit back and wait for the car to come in or let the pressures build up. It’s like when those lights go green, you’ve got to go.”

The track itself is impressive, as well. Drivers take off on an asphalted patch located in the infield. Quickly, the racing surface changes to dirt as the drivers round turns one and two before heading back into the infield. As the drivers exit the infield, they drive up a hill and outside the track in the entrance of turn three. The fencing and wall has been removed, so once out, the cars fly around the outside of the track before jumping back into the original racing surface in turn four. Drivers will make a few more twists before crossing the asphalted start/finish line patch.

“I love it,” Piquet Jr. said. “It’s probably by far the best track I’ve driven in Rallycross. It’s fun, because there’s elevation. You go outside The Dirt Track, you come back in and then you go out – it’s really fun.”

Friday will feature practice and heats. The gates open at 4 p.m., so the fans will be able to enjoy on-track action until early night.

On Saturday, the gates open at 10 p.m., followed by GRC Lite heats at 11:15 a.m., and Supercar semifinals at 12 p.m. The Supercar Last Chance Qualifier will be at 1:05 p.m. The GRC Lite main event starts at 1:35 p.m., and the Supercar main event will begin at 2 p.m.

If you aren’t able to make it out the track this weekend, the race will be live on NBC at 2 p.m. EST.

Below are the entry lists for the Supercars and GRC Lites:

00 Steve Arpin | Fort Frances, ONT | Royal Purple Racing/OMSE2 Ford
04 Sarah Burgess | Brisbane, AUS | BMI Racing Chevrolet
07 Nelson Piquet Jr. | Brasilia, BRA | SH Racing Rallycross Ford
11 Sverre Isachsen | Hokksund, NOR | Subaru Rally Team USA
14 Austin Dyne | Malibu, CA | Barracuda Racing Ford
18 Patrik Sandell | Ostersund, SWE | Olsbergs MSE Ford
27 Emma Gilmour | Dunedin, NZE | Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing
31 Joni Wiman | Pohja, FIN | Olsbergs MSE Ford
34 Tanner Foust | Dana Point, CA | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
38 Brian Deegan | Omaha, NE | Rockstar Energy Drink Ford
43 Ken Block | Park City, UT | Hoonigan Racing Division Ford
67 Rhys Millen | Huntington Beach, CA | Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing
77 Scott Speed | Mt. Holly, NC | Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross
81 Bucky Lasek | Dundalk, MD | Subaru Rally Team USA

GRC Lites
6 Geoff Sykes | Los Angeles, CA | DTV Solutions
16 Oliver Eriksson | Osmo, SWE | Olsbergs MSE
24 Mitchell DeJong | Temecula, CA | Olsbergs MSE
60 Tyler Benson | Hillsborough, NJ | Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing
77 Austin Cindric | Mooresville, NC | C4 Motorsports
96 Kevin Eriksson | Osmo, SWE | Olsbergs MSE
126 Alejandro Fernandez | Bogota, COL | Olsbergs MSE/AF Racing 126

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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