The FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy has officially landed in the United States as the World RX of USA held its official launch with the unveiling of a brand-new rallycross track at Circuit of The Americas. The Austin, Texas facility will host the series on September 29-30 for Round 10 of the 12-event season, marking the first time a World Rallycross Championship event has taken place on American soil.
The purpose-built track will see the world’s top drivers go head-to-head on the only permanent Rallycross track in the United States. The racing will be located in the stadium area of the facility between Turns 12-15, creating a natural amphitheater that ensures fans can see the entire track from any seat. Furthermore, World RX of USA will give event-goers the full festival experience with world-class music acts, action sports, and the finest food to complement the spectacular racing action.
“The inaugural World Rallycross of USA will be a key moment for the world championship, and we believe COTA is an ideal venue from which to showcase the series to a new audience,” said World RX Managing Director for IMG Paul Bellamy. “We have been wanting to race in the USA for a while, and the opportunity has now presented itself to come here. With competing brands, such as Volkswagen, Audi, Peugeot, and Renault, the USA is a significant territory for all involved with the World Championship as well as being integral to its continued global growth.
“Those attending World RX of USA will benefit from COTA’s world-class facilities and a fantastic entertainment program around a venue designed to ensure spectators get the most from the short, sharp, and fast-paced racing action. We have absolutely no doubt U.S. fans will love World RX when it arrives in September.” Tickets have been priced at a level to entice all fans to come and sample a Rallycross weekend for the first time.
“World Rallycross is exciting and fan-friendly,” says Bobby Epstein, chairman of Circuit of The Americas. “The new course they’ve designed is sure to challenge the drivers and wow the spectators. I look forward to their action-packed partnership for years to come.”
Two-time FIA World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg commented, “It’s always exciting to race somewhere new, but the first World RX of USA at Circuit of The Americas is going to be a particularly special experience. The new COTA layout is just the sort of fast and challenging track we love to race on, so fans can be sure of some spectacular action when World RX arrives. I cannot wait to compete at such a fantastic venue; it’s going to be an incredible atmosphere.”
In addition to World RX of USA, home-grown rallycross drivers, including Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, will race at COTA on the same action-packed bill as part of the all-new ARX Championship, with more high-profile drivers set to be announced soon.
The World Rallycross of USA will be streamed live on FloSports as part of the newly announced deal that makes all World RX races available in the U.S. via live and on-demand streams, with a highlight show set to air on CBS Sports Network.