The Red Bull GRC may have shut down, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any rallycross action to follow in America. In its place, the Americas Rallycross series has sprung up. And two major manufacturers have already announced their intention to compete.
Both Volkswagen and Subaru have signed on to challenge the new North American offshoot of the FIA World Rallycross Championship. The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team field the Beetle Supercar it previously campaigned in the Global RallyCross Championship, and Subaru will do the same with its Impreza WRX STI.
VW will enter two cars, piloted by Tanner Foust and Scott Speed. And Subaru’s three entries will be driven by Chris Atkinson and Patrik Sandell, with the third entry alternating between UK driver David Higgins, American hot-shoe Travis Pastrana, and “other drives to be announced.”
“Our team has been able to achieve great success in rallycross and we look forward to continuing that legacy with the new ARX competition,” said Michael Andretti, head of Andretti Autosport. “Scott and Tanner are some of the finest drivers on the planet in this motorsport discipline, and our cars are ready and better than ever.”
“We are excited about the growth of rallycross in the USA and it is a key platform to showcase our production technologies like the Subaru BOXER engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive,” echoed Subaru communications director Dominick Infante. European and World rallycross promoter IMG “has done a great job with the World RX series and so we are excited to join their new ARX series.”
The season will kick off in conjunction with the WRX event at the new Silverstone rallycross circuit in the UK. It’ll then cross the pond to hold rounds at the Circuit of the Americas at a date to be announced in July, followed by Trois Rivieres in the Canadian province of Quebec on August 4-5, then back to COTA on September 29.