By Patrick Rall
Dodge Dart rallycross fans, this is a friendly reminder to set your DVR for ESPN at 10am this coming Sunday (May 19th) as that is the expected broadcast time for the second stop on the 2013 Global RallyCross schedule. Travis Pastrana and Bryce Menzies have traveled with their 600 horsepower all wheel drive Dart race cars to Barcelona, Spain for the second of four global X Games events this summer.
Pastrana and Menzies both saw accidents end their hopes of winning the first event of the 2013 GRC season and things won’t be any easier in Spain. There are 17 drivers expected to run in the RallyCross class at X Games Barcelona including the majority of those drivers who raced a few weeks ago in Brazil along with the debut of the three Subaru team drivers. Dave Mirra, Bucky Lasek and Sverre Issachsen did not compete at the first event of the season but these three experienced GRC drivers will likely be back with a vengeance for 2013.
Now, with regard to setting your DVR rather than making sure that you are awake at 10am on a Sunday to watch Global RallyCross, I have to warn race fans of the viewing experience that you might expect for this weekend’s race – just in case you missed the first GRC race of the season. As you probably know, GRC events are broken into a series of heat races followed by a “last chance qualifier” and then the final race for the gold. The broadcast for the first GRC race of the season (which was also part of an X Games event) showed the first two heat races of the day back to back but then they bounced over to about 45 minutes of skateboarding before returning to rallycross action. I would guess that they will do the same thing for this race so if you are used to sitting down and watching a GRC race from beginning to end – you might want to DVR it rather than sitting through the whole day’s X Games broadcast. I ended up recording and skipping through about three hours of programming to catch all of the GRC racing from the first event of the season. So if you don’t want to sit through hours of skateboarding and such… DVR is the way to go.
Below is a handy lineup card showing all of the drivers expected to run this weekend in the X Games Barcelona Global RallyCross event.