IMG Launching Americas Rallycross Championship

Americas Rallycross
IMG is launching the Americas Rallycross Championship in 2018. (Red Bull Photo)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — IMG, which manages the World and European Rallycross championships, will be managing the upstart Americas Rallycross Championship, which will begin competition later this year.

The move comes after the Red Bull Global Rallycross series announced a rule change that in a sense outlawed the Supercar class and promoted the GRC Lites class to its top attraction, with the new name “Gold” class.

In a sense that left teams with Supercar machines without a place to race them. IMG stepped in to create a four-event schedule, which will open in Great Britain as part of the World Rallycross event at Silverstone in May.

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The series will also tag team with WRX at Quebec’s Trois-Rivieres event Aug. 4-5 and at Circuit of The Americas on a date in July to be announced. The fourth event hasn’t been announced.

The series will also include an ARX2 class for Supercar Lites machines and Cooper Tires has been confirmed as the tire supplier for the series.

“Rallycross is a perfect match for the way we digest entertainment today: short, sharp wheel-to-wheel races that are packed with action,” said Paul Bellamy, SVP and managing director of motorsports for IMG. “ARX is a very exciting opportunity to use our experience from World RX to grow the sport in the Americas.

“We see huge potential in ARX and will work closely with all key stakeholders and possible new venues to develop ARX into a major championship over the next few years.”

While plans are still coming together for the series, Andretti Rallycross, Subaru Rally Team USA, Hoonigan Racing and Loenbro Motorsports have confirmed plans to compete in the Americas Rallycross Championship.