Rally racers competing at X Games 17 got their first taste of the large dirt jump on the rally course just across Staples Center and a few feet off Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. Since the two different rally events over the weekend (Rally Car today, Rally Cross tomorrow) will shut down a few of the streets around Staples Center and LA Live, this was the first chance many of the racers had the chance to test the ramp.

Last night after 9 p.m., rally teams made finals preps and drivers hopped in their cars. They took a quick turn and accelerated quickly into the jump. No one crashed or had trouble clearing the jump, but a few drivers did come up a little short and caused some anxious moments.


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Rally Car practice just wrapped up, with today’s final taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. Rally Car will pit two racers against each other in competition, with the fastest driver moving on. Tomorrow’s RallyCross race will be a little more chaotic, with four drivers on the course at the same time. It should be interesting.

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ESPN and Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series organizer RallyCross Management have reached an exclusive agreement for the inaugural race series to receive coverage across ESPN’s multiple media platforms.  The first race of the series kicks off at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. March 25-26, 2011, with two additional races at Old Mill Rally Park in Snoqualmie, Wash. and Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo.

Following the success of rally events at ESPN’s X Games, including the first X Games RallyCross competition at last summer’s X Games 16, the GRC series will be distributed on a tape-delayed basis domestically in the U.S. on ESPN and ESPN2 and to more than 100 countries through international network distribution.  ESPN3.com will provide live coverage on the 24/7 live broadband sports network and on ESPN Mobile TV. Additionally, original web-exclusive content will be created for digital distribution across non-linear ESPN platforms throughout the social media landscape, including ESPN and X Games official Facebook pages.

“ESPN is thrilled to have the Global RallyCross Championship exclusively on our services around the world,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming and Global X Games. “We look forward to working with RallyCross Management and bringing together world-class drivers and manufacturers to showcase this exciting form of motorsports racing to ESPN audiences around the world.”

Three-time X Games rally gold medalist Tanner Foust, said, “RallyCross has huge potential in the U.S. and is almost the perfect spectator motorsport with the whole track visible from one seat, insane racecars that are pushing, shoving, sliding sideways and jumping.  The added bonus of ESPN’s involvement brings in a lot of the stars from the X Games, and anyone who’s ever seen the X Games understands what ESPN is capable of doing for action sports.”

2011 Global RallyCross Championship Schedule

Races Race Dates / Telecast Dates Network Time (ET)
Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale, Calif.
March 25-26 / April 17 ESPN2 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
OldMill Rally Park
Snoqualmie, Wash.
April 15-16 / May 14 ESPN 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Pikes PeakInternational Raceway
Fountain, Colo.
June 17-18 / June 25 ESPN 9-10 p.m.

Top teams and drivers will be drawn from the U.S. and European RallyCross championships, including past X Games rally competitors. RallyCross combines the best aspects of circuit racing, off-road racing and rally competition to deliver intense, crowd-pleasing action in a variety of diverse fan-friendly environments. Featuring as many as six drivers lining up to start at once, competitors will pilot modified high-horsepower compact cars through race traffic over a challenging short course that features jumps, off-camber turns, hills and transitions between pavement and gravel.

More information on Global RallyCross Championship can be found on www.global-rallycross.com.

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.