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Old 6 Nov 2013, 08:36 (Ref:3327915)   #1
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Global Rallycross Championship 2014

Spotted a couple of news stories with regards to the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship, so I thought that was enough to justify a fresh thread!

First up - and I'm sure most of you will have seen it on Facebook - is the news that Red Bull will be backing the GRC in 2014:

http://www.global-rallycross.com/?post_type=post&p=6275

I also see a news story on the Global Rallycross website with regards to a presentation at SEMA this week:

http://www.global-rallycross.com/?post_type=post&p=6288

I did wonder if the GRC might be a little scaled down in 2014 with RallycrossRX going global but, according to the presentation...



...10 rounds in 2014.
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Old 6 Nov 2013, 19:35 (Ref:3328210)   #2
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I wonder where those ten round are going to be at? Hope they get some really great tracks next year. I feel like some of this year's didn't work quite like they should have.

I'm excited to see what's going to happen.
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Old 12 Nov 2013, 08:38 (Ref:3330305)   #3
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X-Games returns to two events in 2014...

http://xgames.espn.go.com/article/97...ic-events-2014

...so I assume the Global Rallycross Championship will return to being a domestic series?
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Old 12 Nov 2013, 11:14 (Ref:3330352)   #4
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...so I assume the Global Rallycross Championship will return to being a domestic series?
Known for some weeks already.

Makes the tag 'Global' redundant again, innit...?
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Old 12 Nov 2013, 11:30 (Ref:3330361)   #5
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Known for some weeks already.
Oops. Must have missed that...

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Makes the tag 'Global' redundant again, innit...?
...yep! At least it was Global for a year.
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Old 7 Jan 2014, 17:09 (Ref:3351311)   #6
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Forgive the double post (and thread bump!), but the 2014 season is approaching and I just spotted this snippet of GRC news...

http://erc24.com/archives/16187

...VW Motorsport will be running the 2014 GRC season. I assume this is a standalone effort, or is there some collaboration with Marklund Motorsport?

What really caught my eye in that article is the possible VW driver line up; Travis Pastrana or Tanner Foust.

I personally hope Pastrana as, from a selfish standpoint, I'm a fan of both Foust and Ford, so I liked the combination of the two! The article implies it may be both of them though. I wonder if that will end any potential Euro/World Rallycross drives for Foust if he makes the jump?
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The articles mentions Andretti...
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VW means probably also Red Bull so Pastrana makes more sense than Foust.
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so thinking aloud

If andretti is involved in a team, as well as building the events, you would expect to see GRC at Indycar events organised by Andretti Sports Marketing?
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The articles mentions Andretti...
So it does: I'm sure that wasn't there when I first read the article!

Pastrana would seem to make more sense from the Red Bull standpoint, but I haven't seen much from Foust on Facebook with regards to 2014. Perhaps change is afoot?...
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...VW Motorsport will be running the 2014 GRC season. I assume this is a standalone effort, or is there some collaboration with Marklund Motorsport?
KMS will race also 2 Polo's next season. The first one will be build in Germany and the second in KMS' own workshop. There are no major rx teams or even rally teams in Germany so I assume the first car is build at VW Motorsport. So is it not more likely the GRC Polo's are also build in Germany?
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Wasn't Eklund building a Beetle? Could he be partnering with Andretti? Andretti looked very hard at getting in to GRC in 2013 as did another IndyCar team but no-one wanted to run Fiesta's behind OMSE.

I don't have any inside knowledge but drivers are interesting. I would be shocked if Foust were to leave Ford as he has had a long and fruitful relationship but it is Ford USA that backs OMSE whereas with VW it is global. He does have a great relationship with Jost Capito........but then again has a great one with Andreas. I would have thought Tanner wants to do some WRX rounds (with Deegan, etc.) as OMSE must be the better bet for that.

Personally I would like to see Travis in the VW as the series needs Travis and you can't find a better human being in racing.

With GRC focusing on the US in 2014 although i am now out of the series I am really hoping this is the breakthrough year. If Chevrolet get behind Pat properly then who knows where this could go.......

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Andretti was mentioned in ERC24 news right from the beginning. But I changed it later from Andretti Motorsport (first info I had) to Andretti Autosport, after checking their website.

The info on Tanner as a possible driver came out of that VW press meeting in Germany, but could have been either a red herring or a wild guess...
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Now what if Pastrana visits Indianapolis in May on a Red Bull suit...?
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Now what if Pastrana visits Indianapolis in May on a Red Bull suit...?
He would be mad.
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