The FIA World Rallycross Championship has officially landed in the USA, with the much-anticipated World RX of USA official launch on April 4.
Austin, Texas, was the setting for the grand unveiling of the brand-new rallycross track at Circuit of The Americas (COTA). The iconic motorsport facility will welcome the world’s leading rallycross drivers on September 29-30 for Round 10 of the 12-event season, marking the first time the premier World Rallycross Championship – presented by Monster Energy – has taken place on American soil.
The purpose-built track will see drivers go head-to-head on the only permanent Rallycross track in the USA. The racing will take place in the stadium area of the facility between turns 12-15, creating a natural amphitheater that ensures fans can see the entire track from any seat.
World RX managing director for IMG Paul Bellamy said, “The inaugural World Rallycross (WRX) of USA will be a key moment for the World Championship, and we believe COTA is an ideal venue from which to showcase the series to a new audience. We have been wanting to race in the USA for a while, and the opportunity has now presented itself. With competing brands, such as Volkswagen, Audi, Peugeot and Renault, the USA is a significant territory for all involved with the World Championship, as well as being integral to its continued global growth.”
Two-time FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg added, “It’s always exciting to race somewhere new, but the first World RX of USA at Circuit of The Americas is going to be a particularly special experience. The new COTA layout is just the sort of fast and challenging track we love to race on.”
In addition to World RX of USA, the USA’s most accomplished home-grown rallycross drivers, including Tanner Foust and Scott Speed, will race at COTA on the same action-packed bill as part of the all-new Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX).