With whispers and rumors growing for a few weeks now that Off-Road driver Bryce Menzies will be attending X-Games 2012 LA, we can now confirm that the 2011 SCORE Trophy Truck and TORC Pro2 Champion will be taking on a new realm of Motorsports. Bryce has been invited by fellow Red Bull Athlete, Travis Pastrana to compete in the RallyCross portion of the 2012 X-Games, which takes place in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.

Bryce will find himself behind the wheel of a Dodge Dart, which is new to the RallyCross competition. The European production based all wheel drive vehicle will produce 600hp, 60lbs of boost and can go from 0-60 in just 2 seconds, similar to F1 car speeds. The Dodge Dart is one of the favored cars for this year’s competition and is expected to produce quality results.

RallyCross debuted in X-Games for the first time in 2010 and is a combination of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition. Rally Car racing takes place on public or private roads from point to point which is similar to racing Baja off-road races, where as RallyCross has as many as 10 drivers racing through a challenging short course which features jumps, unbanked turns and ever changing track conditions, in the same sense that off-road short course racing does. RallyCross is the off-road short course racing of the ever-growing sport of Rally in high-horsepower compact cars.

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.

The new Rally America National Championship season will launch into the freezing winter of Northern Michigan at the end of the month. The Sno*Drift Rally January 28-29th will slide amongst the trees and frozen roads in Atlanta and Lewiston, Michigan! The images are post card beautiful. The stories are best-seller dramatic.

The hot competition always heats up Sno*Drift’s frigid temperatures. Returning for the 2011 season is the Subaru Rally Team USA with BMX Legend and X Games star, Dave Mirra, and a new driver familiar to longtime rally fans, Britain’s David Higgins. Higgins is the 2004 British Rally Champion and the replacement in the seat left vacant by action sports star Travis Pastrana, who announced last month he’ll participate in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. Higgins brings exceptional rally experience to the team having won the 2002-2003 SCCA ProRally Championships and is considered an instant top challenger for an American championship again.

For those who have missed Ken Block’s videos in the past, just scroll down a ways to check him taking  Gymkhana to a new level. The video is shot just south of Paris, France, in Linas at l’Autodrome de Linas –Montlhéry, at a 1.58-mile oval track that was built in 1924. It features banks as steep as 51 degrees, which is more than double the standard incline of most NASCAR ovals. Chosen by Block for this specific reason, the ramp-like banking proved to be a unique and exciting challenge. The driving physics for the stunts performed were totally unknown until he attempted the maneuvers during filming.