Global-Rallycross-8-8-13ATLANTA, GA. –Toomas “Topi” Heikkinen may hold the lead in the chase for the SYLVANIA SilverStar® zXe Global Rallycross Cup challenge after winning the first two races, but it will undoubtedly be a tight competition as some of today’s best rallycross drivers attempt to knock Topi out of the No. 1 spot in Atlanta. Drivers like Ken Block, Brian Deegan and Patrik Sandell are hot on Heikkinen’s tail in point standings and anything goes as drivers prep for the third of four races for the SYLVANIA zXe Cup series.

New to GRC in 2013, the SYLVANIA zXe Cup and its $20,000 prize will go to the driver that earns the most championship points in four of the series’ U.S.-based events this season. The first of the final two races for a shot at the SYLVANIA zXe Cup kicks off this Saturday, August 10, at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN 2. The last race in SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting’s four-race chase takes place in Charlotte on September 22.

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Irvine, CA (May 16, 2013) – The second of the four Global X Games events will take place in Barcelona, Spain this weekend and Enduro X will again be a major part of the show with live TV coverage. The Enduro X event will take place on Saturday evening Barcelona time, which translates to 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The same show is scheduled to include Street Skateboarding and Freestyle Moto X. Check your local listings or http://xgames.espn.go.com/events/2013/barcelona/schedule/

“This is an Olympic Stadium and we have a lot of great materials to create an epic course to test the riders” said Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross and ESPN Enduro X sport organizer. “Spain is a great country for Motorsports so we expect to see a great crowd and worldwide TV via ESPN.”

Irvine, CA (June 19, 2012) – Check out the video highlights from round two of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship, presented by Lucas Oil.

KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak took the win ahead of a fierce battle for the other two podium positions. Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert worked his way up to second after a last place start and GEICO Honda’s Kevin Rookstool held on for third despite a few crashes.

GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by Lucas Oil Sacramento Expert Results:

Taddy Blazusiak            KTM
Taylor Robert                Kawasaki
Kevin Rookstool           Honda
Cory Graffunder            Husqvarna
Mike Brown                   KTM
Bobby Garrison             Kawasaki
Cody Webb                  Beta
Gary Sutherlin               Kawasaki
Destry Abbott               Kawasaki
Colton Haaker               Kawasaki
Geoff Aaron                  Honda

ESPN, creator of the X Games, announced today it will bring the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain beginning in 2013. Those cities will join Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif. and Tignes, France to host the X Games in an effort to expand globally. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion is a transformation from an action sports competition brand into an action sports lifestyle brand that will highlight new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world.

ESPN conducted a formal bid process starting last May which resulted in significant interest from locations around the world that bid to host one of three new events (which join Los Angeles, Aspen and Tignes).  Beginning today, local organizing committees for Foz do Iguaçu (pronounced Fawz Day Ig wah soo), Munich and Barcelona will collaborate with ESPN for the next three years to bring the premier action sports event to their cities, launching an annual, six-event X Games calendar  – four of which will be summer events and two winter.

Officials with RallyCar, the premier sanctioning body for performance rally in North America, celebrated the closing of the 2011 Rally America National Championship with a festive awards ceremony at the beautiful Sunday River Resort. It was a fitting ending where fans, teams and organizers enjoyed food and music while the sun set over the looming ski trails.

It was a dramatic season that returned the Championship crown to Subaru after a dramatic battle all year with Mitsubishi Rockstar’s Antoine L’Estage, the Super Production Class made rally history with the inspired campaign of Travis Hanson, and another Team O’Neil Rally School instructor, Wyatt Knox, dominated the 2WD Class.

RallyCar honored the season’s accomplishments by presenting the year-end trophies to the new recipients in front of a physical and online streaming audience.

LOS ANGELES (July 27, 2011) — BFGoodrich® Tires, an official sponsor of Summer X Games 17, will upgrade the experiences for both racers and fans at the upcoming event July 28-31, 2011. Not only will rally teams and drivers be challenged with a new race course leading them through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, but fans can win unique prizes — including a trip to the Skip Barber Racing School — and check out the SCORE Baja 500-winning race truck and a special tire carving at the BFGoodrich Tires booth at X Fest.

BFGoodrich Tires has established itself as a dominant force in X Games rally competition and has the opportunity to add two more rally gold medals to its X Games trophy case — one in the Rally Car Racing competition and one in the RallyCross competition. Since 2006, BFGoodrich-shod race cars have won 17 of the 20 medals awarded, including five of six gold medals: Travis Pastrana (Subaru) won gold in 2006 and 2008; Kenny Brack (Ford) won gold in 2009; and Tanner Foust (Ford) won two golds in 2010.

Los Angeles, CA – It just wouldn’t be X Games without a good dose of Travis, would it? He’s busier than ever with his Nitro Circus Live show, NASCAR racing, rally racing and Freestyle motocross, but extreme sports icon Travis Pastrana is always sure to be found at the ESPN X Games ( tickets on sale now). He’s not an easy guy to pin down, but in the midst of navigating through LA traffic, Travis phoned in to talk about the upcoming X Games 17 and what he has in store for STAPLES Center fans this weekend.

What events are you going to be doing at X Games 17?
Um, that’s a great question. The first one is best trick [on Thursday] and if I don’t get too hurt there I’ll probably be doing Freestyle X on Friday. Then on Saturday I have to fly back to Indianapolis for the Nationwide NASCAR race. Then I’m going to fly back on Sunday for the Rally event. That’s the plan… unless I’m really hospitalized. [laughs]

The word is you’re going to be attempting your signature “Toilet Paper roll” trick again for Moto X Best Trick. Is that the plan?
Yeah. [laughs] It’s basically a 720. We’ll see how that goes. It’s a lot of mass rotating in a lot of different directions. You have to launch with the same pull for the double backflip and then you have to translate that energy into a spin and then somehow try to land it. I’ve been practicing a lot but right now I’d say it’s about 50/50 [whether I land it or not]. We’ll see how it goes!

July 20, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – The crew at ESPN’s X Games is getting ready to dump a few tons of dirt on the floor of the STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles! The Moto X events are coming, and this year they’re all in one place, and taking place on all four days of X Games 17. A total of seven different motorcycle events including Freestyle, Step Up, Women’s Racing and Enduro X are slated to take place at the STAPLES Center starting on Thursday, July 28.

Moto X events kick off with Step Up and Best Whip on Thursday evening followed by Friday night Freestyle events. Ashley Fiolek and the fastest women in the world will take on an arenacross-style Moto X Racing course on Saturday night, and on July 31, history will be made with the very first Enduro X event, starring extreme enduro sensation, Taddy Blazusiak.

July 18, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – The countdown is on to the first off-road motorcycle event of ESPN’s X Games. The 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil will kick off on Sunday, July 31 at STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and off-road racers will find themselves on the biggest stage the sport has seen.

Eric Peronnard has been directly behind the inception and current success of EnduroCross. As an established motorcycle event promoter, Peronnard also has successes such as the U.S. Open of Supercross under his belt. With less than two weeks remaining until the start of X Games 17, he’s a busy guy, but Peronnard had time to answer a few questions on the upcoming “Enduro X” event.

There has been talk of EnduroCross being a part of X Games for a long time now – how many years in the making is this?
Basically the seed was put in the ground six years ago in ’05. At the second (ever) EnduroCross, I invited Tim Reed from the X Games. He was really taken by it. He said, ‘Hey, this is a great sport and it would fit X Games.’ But there was no open space for it at the time.

Los Angeles, CA – Off-road racers are getting ready to set foot on the largest stage their sport has ever seen – ESPN’s Summer X Games! The top extreme off-roaders in the world – who are used to competing out of the back of their vans in remote woods, mountains and deserts – will be rolling into the STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles where the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil will kick off, and off-road motorcycle racing will make its grand X Games debut!

“This is huge!” exclaimed Zip-Ty Husqvarna’s Ty Davis. “Being on the X Games is almost like making the 6:00 o’clock news. Everyone watches X Games! I’m glad to see EnduroCross become a part of it. Fans are going to definitely get something to watch.”

“Moto X” racing made its way into ESPN’s X Games a few years ago, but for the first time ever, off-road racers will have a crack at the big stage. Rather than the slick style and big hits of Supercross that fans are accustomed to seeing, they will see riders wildly traversing boulders, tackling logs, splashing through water-crossings and scaling earth mover tires.

“Off-road has never gotten the clout that motocross or Supercross has,” Davis commented. As one of the few riders in history to earn a Supercross championship as well as multiple national off-road championships, Davis has insight on the stark differences between the two disciplines of racing. “Obviously it’s hard to capture the experience of off-road racing for mainstream fans, but bringing it into a stadium is great! You can let the crowd see how gnarly it all really is.”

Monster Energy Team Green’s Jason Smigel agrees. “It’s pretty neat to see off-road come into the main stream. It’s a huge stage for our guys to showcase their talents. Not a lot of people get a chance to go out to the desert or go into the woods, so it’s exciting for them to bring it all into a stadium in front of a large crowd.”

Teams such as Zip-Ty Husqvarna and Monster Energy Kawasaki are not only preparing for the excitement of X Games, but for the start of one of the most prestigious off-road championships of the year. “It’s X Games, but it’s a points-paying round of EnduroCross. So it’s our job as a team to put the fact that it’s X Games aside for a little bit and just get ready for our season.”

Still, for some, such as Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott, the X Games event presents an opportunity of a lifetime. “I’m not going for the championship because I don’t get to do the whole series. But I really want to do good at X Games and put in good results. I’m pretty happy with my career and what I’ve accomplished, but I think if I got a medal at X Games, that would be my biggest accomplishment, as far as racing goes.”

For more information on the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil, including a list of invited riders, go to www.EnduroCross.com.