Red Bull GRC Announces Tire Supplier And 2016 Scheduleby Benjamin Sanders January 27, 2016 0 comments
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season will soon get underway, but throughout the off-season, this year’s tire supplier and schedule have been announced.
BFGoodrich Tires has agreed to a multi-year deal to be the official supplier of racing tires for both the Supercar and GRC Lites divisions, beginning in 2016. With the Red Bull GRC packed with international stars, such as rally legends Ken Block and Tanner Foust, as well as former Formula One, NASCAR and 2015 Red Bull GRC champion Scott Speed, the major international brand part of Groupe Michelin should make a great fit.
“We are extremely excited to partner with BFGoodrich as our exclusive tire supplier in Red Bull GRC competition,” said Red Bull Global Rallycross CEO Colin Dyne. “BFGoodrich’s legacy, both in and out of motorsport, is second to none, and we look forward to working with them as one of our most integral partners beginning with this season.”
Having a tire supplier with such a pedigree and racing heritage just further reinforces how serious Red Bull GRC’s growth and international brand is becoming as the short, action-filled format provides arguably the most action in North American motorsports.
“The BFGoodrich brand is a critical part of the Groupe Michelin’s success in motorsports. The brand is key in how we use competition both to engage our consumers and to develop new products,” said Scott Clark, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Michelin North America.
In BFGoodrich, the series has an experienced, successful company with a winning mentality and history. Groupe Michelin has supplied every World Rally Championship (WRC) overall winning teams with durable, adherent tires for the past five years. Stateside, BFGoodrich has won the mighty Baja 1000 a record 27 times, more than all other manufacturers combined.
“BFGoodrich’s heritage of four decades in racing on a wide variety of surfaces and terrain demonstrates the ability to bring advanced tire technology to racing disciplines like the Red Bull Global Rallycross,” Clark said. “In addition, BFGoodrich Tires shares many of the brand attributes and consumer interaction efforts that the Red Bull brand boasts. BFGoodrich Tires’ involvement in the GRC series is a natural extension of the brand’s global partnership with Red Bull.
The Red Bull GRC schedule has also been released with a return to established markets and venturing into new locations. The calendar is comprised of 12 races over six months, beginning with a new double-header in Phoenix, Arizona in May and finishing up in Los Angeles, California in October. A diverse schedule comprising of purpose-built facilities, urban courses and a return to an active military base will provide the locations for the action. Coverage for the season will once again be aired on the NBC family of networks.
“Once again, we are proud to unveil a unique new schedule for the latest Red Bull Global Rallycross season,” said Red Bull Global Rallycorss CEO Colin Dyne. “We’re incredibly excited to bring our high-octane brand of motorsport to multiple new locations, as well as maintaining some of our most popular stops and returning to a fan favorite market in Seattle. “We think that this year’s events will once again raise the bar and produce some of our most exciting action yet!”
The open nature of the series, which allows fans into the garage area and the incredibly chaotic action on the track, including 70ft jumps, will once again throttle up on May 21, 2016. Due to the success and increased popularity amongst fans, sponsors and the racing industry the 2016 edition of Red Bull GRC is touted to be the best yet.
2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross Schedule:
1.) May 21 | Phoenix, Arizona (I)
2.) May 22 | Phoenix, Arizona (II)
3.) June 4 | Dallas, Texas
4.) June 18 | Daytona Beach, Florida (I)
5.) June 19 | Daytona Beach, Florida (II)
6.) July 2 | The Base (I)
7.) July 3 | The Base (II)
8.) July 30 | Washington, D.C.
9.) August 28 | TBA
10.) September 17 | Seattle, Washington
11.) October 8 | Los Angeles, California
12.) October 9 | Los Angeles, California
Photo Credit: Hunter Thomas