Red Bull Global Rallycross kicked off the 2014 season by introducing a new look at its first-ever media day at the Port of Los Angeles. The race series, which kicks off in Barbados next month, also announced significant partnerships with both new and returning partners.
Yokohama Tire Corporation: announced the brand will be the Red Bull Global Rallycross exclusive tire supplier and keep the competitors racing on specially designed Yokohama ADVAN race tires.
Former NASCAR K&N Pro Series Rookie of the Year Austin Dyne will move from the GRC Lites to Supercars this season. He will compete in the No. 14 Barracuda Racing Ford Fiesta powered by OMSE in partnership with Bryan Herta Racing.
Los Angeles city councilman Joe Buscaino showed his support for the series and upcoming Los Angeles race on September 20.
“We are thrilled to welcome back many of our seasoned partners as well as open the door to those who are new to our series as we all work toward a unified vision for this year,” said Red Bull Global Rallycross CEO Colin Dyne. “Joining the NBC family brings a level of exposure to everyone involved that’s not only huge for existing motorsports fans but also helps grow the Red Bull Global Rallycross sport to a new audience and establish the brand’s next chapter.”
New Zealand’s Emma Gilmour is to join Rhys Millen Racing as the first female driver in the Global Rallycross Championship series. Gilmour will compete in a new, two-car Hyundai team over the 2014 Global Rallycross Championship.
Not only will Gilmour be the first female to rip up the dirt and tarmac-based circuits throughout North America in the GRC, but the Dunedin-based driver will also be one of the first women to race in the the X-Games, in June.
“It really is a dream come true. Going to America to race in a professional series with a professional team like Rhys Millen Racing is hard to believe. I have to keep pinching myself to remind myself it isn’t a dream,” she said. “I am so excited about the opportunity and the new challenge of learning Rallycross. It’s a true privilege to be the first female driver in the GRC series.”
Gilmour will be driving a race-prepared RMR Hyundai Veloster Turbo rallycross car. Its engine is expected to generate more than 600 horsepower.
Gilmour’s 2014 GRC season will kick off on the Caribbean island of Barbados at the BBC Top Gear Festival on May 17.
The 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross broadcast schedule is as follows:
• Top Gear Festival Barbados: Saturday, May 24 (tape delay), 1PM ET, NBC
• X Games Austin: Saturday, June 7 (live), ESPN
• Washington, DC: Sunday, June 22 (live), 2PM ET, NBC
• New York, NY: Sunday, July 20 (live), 2PM ET, NBC
• Charlotte, NC: Saturday, July 26 (live), 2PM ET, NBC
• Detroit, MI: Sunday, August 3 (live), 2PM ET, NBC
• Daytona, FL: Saturday, August 23 (live), 3:30PM ET, NBC
• Los Angeles, CA: Saturday, September 20 (live), 5PM ET, NBC
• Seattle, WA: Sunday, September 28 (tape delay), 2:30PM ET, NBC
• Las Vegas, NV: Sunday, November 16 (tape delay), 2PM ET, NBC