LOS ANGELES (Jan. 13, 2015) — Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) will run a 12-race schedule, its largest ever, for the 2015 season.
Yokohama Tire Corp. is entering its second year as the sole tire supplier for the series. All participating competitors will race on specially designed Yokohama Advan race tires.
The race calendar — which kicks off in Florida on May 31 and ends with a return to Las Vegas on Nov. 5 — “stands to be our best yet,” said Colin Dyne, Red Bull GRC CEO. “The combination of one of the strongest calendars in all of motorsports, as well as one of racing's best broadcast packages, thanks to our partnership with NBC Sports Group, is one that will take the racing world by storm this year.
“With more races and points on the line, we expect to see a thrilling chase for the championship. We are grateful to our many partners for their support throughout the 2014 season, as well as NBC for a fantastic job in their event broadcasts, and we look forward to bringing these relationships into 2015.”
The GRC points championship schedule is as follows (broadcast dates and times will be released at a later date):
- May 31: Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.
- June 21: Daytona, Fla.
- July 5: United States Military Base
- July 25: Detroit, Mich. (I)
- July 26: Detroit, Mich. (II)
- Aug. 15: Washington, D.C.
- Aug. 30: Seattle
- Sept. 12: Los Angeles (I)
- Sept. 13: Los Angeles (II)
- Oct. 3: Barbados (I)
- Oct. 4: Barbados (II)
- Nov. 5: Las Vegas
The GRC points championship features 12 rounds at nine venues as well as three doubleheader events, including the second straight doubleheader in the series' home city of Los Angeles and the expansion of the series' Barbados race.
The Red Bull series returns to NBC for the 2015 season, with 14.5 hours of original content — an increase of 4.5 hours from the 2014 season, according to promoters. For the first time, GRC Lites will have its own broadcast slate, with 30-minute broadcasts of all events airing on weekdays on NBCSN.
More information on Red Bull Global Rallycross is on the series' website.
According to promoters, the series is “designed to produce the fastest and most exciting racing in motorsports,” pitting small production-based cars “against each other in door-to-door racing featuring dirt, asphalt and table-top jumps. With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than two seconds, and also can withstand 70-foot jumps and other vehicle contact.”