The Red Bull Global Rallycross will hold its first event in Detroit in July. The 10-car race on Belle Isle will pit small, production cars driven by top drivers, and feature door-to-door racing (bumping) on dirt and asphalt, through water, and over jumps, including one that spans 70 feet.
With enhanced engineering and safety features, the cars produce 600 horsepower and can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. A cross between road and rally racing, the double-header series will offer jumps, chicanes, hairpins, and straightaways. The so-called “Joker Lap” shortens the track, but drivers may face numerous obstacles.
For overzealous drivers, there’s a penalty box, and fans can get up close to the drivers, race teams, and the vehicles via an open paddock layout.
“We know that local fans have been waiting patiently for us to make the trip to Detroit, and we are pleased to do so by competing on Belle Isle, which has its own rich motorsports heritage,” says Colin Dyne, CEO of Red Bull Global Rallycross. “The added bonus of this being a doubleheader event means that we will be able to provide incredible value and a fantastic show for our fans.”
Drivers include Ken Block, Brian Deegan, Scott Speed, Nelson Piquet Jr., and Bucky Lasek. The race on Belle Isle will serve as the second of four double-headers in the series’ 12-race schedule. Other doubleheaders take place in Los Angeles, Daytona Beach, Fla., and Barbados.
The race weekend begins with two rounds of heat races, usually consisting of four cars and six laps each, run for up to three points. The field is then combined into two groups of equal size for the semifinals, which are also six laps each. The top three finishers from each semifinal transfer into the main event, giving their teams time to work on their cars while others continue to compete. All drivers who do not make it into the main event via heat races will compete in the four-lap last chance qualifier for the final remaining qualifying spots. Ten cars then compete in the 10-lap main event.
The races will be held on July 25-26. Tickets, which range in price from $18 for children to $120 for a two-day pass, are available at RedBullGlobalRallyCross.com/tickets. The races will be broadcast on NBC on both days.