This year saw many changes in the Rally America series. It gained a new factory team, Ken Bock’s Monster World Rally Team which was backed by Ford, and its been working on a new European-style rallycross series set to make its debut this fall in New Jersey.
Today the group behind Rally America made its biggest announcement to date: it’s changing its name to RallyCar and making official plans for a 2011 European Rallycross series, to be called “RallyCar Rallycross.” Wait… wha?
For the new event, Subaru Rally Team drivers Travis Pastrana and Dave Mirra have committed to the new series, as well as privateer Andrew “ACP” Comrie-Picard and drift stars Tanner Foust and Samuel Hübinette. Notably absent from the press announcement was Ken Block’s name.
Rallycross will be very similar to the SuperRally event set to make it’s X Games Debut on Saturday, July 31. Side-by-side rallycar action on a tight and technical course, packaged in a fan-friendly stadium setting. The series will support two classes of competition: all-wheel drive and two-wheel drive, both classes are allowed generous modifications so cars will be putting out very large horsepower numbers, regardless of drivetrain.
The first RallyCar Rallycross event is scheduled for August 27-28 at the New Jersey Motorsport Park. Sponsors include Subaru of America, BFGoodrich Tires, Team O’Neil Rally School, Able Planet, Hawk Performance Brakes, Rally-Tire.com, RacerWatches.com, Exedy Racing Clutches, Recaro, Mazda and the Danza del Sol Winery.
So, what about the traditional stage rally series? That is expected to be similar to the 2010 6-event schedule, but it will now be called the Rally America series, which is run by the RallyCar organization. Get it?
What do you think about these changes rally fans? Post your comments below.