By Patrick Rall
Tomorrow night at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Travis Pastrana
will hit the track for the first event in his new Red Bull Racing Dodge Dart
Rally Car. Pastrana and the new Dart
rally car will compete with 15 other drivers including rally racing superstars
like Tanner Foust, Brian Deegan, Rhys Millen and Ken Block.
This is a big weekend for both the new Dodge Dart rally team
but also Global Rally Cross racing association.
Rally racing has more of a “cult following” but with the GRC guys
running at Charlotte Motor Speedway right after the NASCAR Nationwide Series History
300, there could be thousands of prospective new fans in the crowd. NASCAR is the biggest motorsport in the US
and we can expect the stands to be packed with fans with the high-flying rally
cars take to the track Saturday night.
Travis Pastrana and his Red Bull sponsored Dodge Dart Rally
Car will certainly have their work cut out for them tomorrow night with his
biggest competition coming from the long lineup of championship caliber drivers
piloting Ford Fiesta and Subaru WRX STi rally cars. Ford and Subaru each have 6 cars in tomorrow
night’s field while Hyundai sends two Veloster rally cars and the lone Dart is
joined by a single Saab 9-3 rally car. I
bet that you are thinking “Someone is racing a Saab?”… because I thought the
same thing. Seriously…let Saab die.
Those of you who have an Xbox 360 can watch tomorrow’s
Global RallyCross event from Charlotte live starting at 7pm on ESPN3. If you do not have access to ESPN3, you can
catch the action on tape delay on ESPN2 starting at 8pm eastern standard time.